Curriculum and Activities

Our faculty will draw upon the unique contributions and creativity each student brings to the classroom.  Should you need additional support, faculty are available for individual appointments outside of class. Our program staff provide evening tutoring to assist with homework assignments and plan activities to explore American culture.

Core Class

In your core class, you will focus on effective communication in English, working to strengthen your speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Classes will include preparation for the Discover America excursions offered every Wednesday. You will be grouped in small classes (under 18 students) according to English ability (beginner/intermediate/advanced).

Special Interest Topics

In your Special Interest Topics class, you will build confidence and ease with English by focusing on one of a wide variety of topics. Topics are personalized and individualized to meet the interests of each class. Topics are decided upon each year based on student interest. Possible special interest topics include:

  • Current Events
  • American Idioms and Culture
  • History and Culture of Boston
  • TOEFL Preparation
  • Novel Study

Discover America Excursions

These excursions are an integral part of the program as they enable students to explore important American institutions. Each week on Wednesday afternoons your instructors will lead off-campus excursions. These experiences will help you will acquire an in-depth knowledge of American culture.

Past excursions have included:

Afternoon Workshop

All students are invited to participate in the optional afternoon workshop for an additional fee. The workshop meets four afternoons a week and allows for focused study in the following areas:

  • Pronunciation
  • Speaking
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing Skills
  • Cross-cultural Communication

Students who choose this option will not participate in the afternoon excursions on the days that the workshop meets.