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English Language Immersion Academy

Learn and perfect your English speaking and reading in an English intensive study of American culture at one of the premier colleges in the US.

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Philosophy:  West Virginia Wesleyan College offers a unique approach to learning English. West Virginia Wesleyan’s hybrid model combines classroom instruction and immersive experiences. Wesleyan’s beautiful campus and world-class faculty provide an ideal environment for the intensive English language learning curriculum. Wesleyan’s idyllic setting and proximity to Washington D.C. provide students with opportunities to apply their newly acquired language skills in a variety of real-world settings. The curriculum and immersive experiences combine to provide students with a wonderful understanding of American culture.

Learning a new language has many benefits. Students improve their communication skills (both written and spoken) and develop an understanding of how language works. Students are also able to function more effectively as global citizens. Typically students enhance their memories and become better problem solvers.

  • Learn English speaking, reading, and writing as well as critical thinking and creativity while experiencing American culture as an immersive environment.
  • Experience campus life at West Virginia Wesleyan College and study with Wesleyan faculty.
  • Learn and use English on cultural trips in historic and scenic West Virginia.
  • Learn and use English on trips to Washington, D.C. on tours of museums and cultural center

Overview

West Virginia Wesleyan College’s English Language Immersion Academy is designed for students whose first language is not English who wish to improve their English proficiency while studying American culture at an elite U.S. college

The English Language Immersion Academy is a three-week intensive program where students will take courses designed to improve their spoken and written English through personalized learning. Trips to Washington, D.C. as well as nature activities in West Virginia will provide students with real-world experiences in which to further develop their English proficiency.

Our approach

Our personalized learning approach to language instruction will provide students with the ability to tailor their experience to suit their own goals. Our ELL instructors use a hybrid approach that is based on active learning practices and embraces TESOL’s “Six Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners.” Students are exposed to content of their choosing via digital sources, which forms the basis of their immersive learning. Our instructors guide students in processing the information and re-presenting the material to others in a collaborative manner. Digital platforms are used as supplements and allow students to progress at their own pace, under the tutelage of faculty mentors. All of this happens in an English-immersion environment.

Immersion is the most effective method of language instruction. Further, the Academy is based on a Finnish model of instruction that places emphasis on personalized guidance by a teacher, focusing on problem-solving, and critical thinking. In-class activity is complimented by field-work in the form of off-campus trips and on-campus activities that further enhance the immersion experience.

Small classes — personal attention

English immersion classes are small and personalized. Students will work with the same faculty member each day. Through personalized learning pathways, students will be afforded the chance to study both spoken and written English.

The program within the Academy will be tailored to the needs and interests of each individual student.  Students will have the opportunity to select from English-language-specific topics that can assist them in meeting their personal goals.  Topics that students can choose from include the following:

  • Academic spoken and written English necessary for university-level study in the U.S.
  • Preparation for the TOEFL exam or other standardized test
  • Improving conversational English for use in international travel
  • Studying English at a variety of levels for personal enrichment

Typical, daily on-campus schedule

Instruction will begin on July 27. Each class morning consists of students in small groups working closely with an instructor in personalized learning pathways tailored to the student’s goals.

After lunch, an afternoon meeting of all camp attendees will occur in which a topic related to American culture will be discussed by a Professor from the College or a guest speaker. Students will then break up into smaller groups again and work with an instructor in a writing session and spoken session.

After dinner, students will participate in recreational activities such as movies, games, concerts and other performances, talent shows, cooking classes, and other fun activities.

Sample Schedule

8:00 – 9:00                  Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30                Personalized immersion warm ups and drills (small group)

10:30 – 10:45              Break

10:45 – 12:00              Personalized language instruction (small group)

12:00 – 1:00                 Lunch break

1:00 – 1:50                  Afternoon Meeting (Culture)

2:00 – 4:00                  Personalized language instruction (small group)

4:00 – 5:30                  Dinner

5:30 – 9:00                  Evening activities

Off-campus experiences enhance learning

Academy students will enjoy various trips that will provide opportunities for students to practice their written and spoken English in the real world. The museums and cultural centers of Washington D.C. will be visited, as well as cultural areas of D.C. with significant international populations.

West Virginia’s scenic beauty and historic small towns will also serve as an off-campus “laboratory” for students to practice English. Hiking, rafting, climbing, bike riding, and trips to Appalachian cultural centers will be a part of the student experience.

For questions please contact:

Dr. James Moore, Dean of the Faculty and Chief Academic Officer

academicaffairs@wvwc.edu       

304-473-8042