American Culture & Language
$8,500 for residential students
American Culture and Language
American Culture and Language introduces students to a variety of the customs across the United States and further introduces the American Education system. This program track is ideal for students who are considering attending school in the United States.
Our American Culture course is an introductory class in which students are introduced to different aspects of American culture. Topics include food, music, clothing, behavior, and American conversation. This course encourages discussion between students as they are encouraged to share their own cultures with the class as they engage with the American cultural theme of the week.
Students in this track also take Academic Writing. This course works with students to improve writing skills in the American classroom. Students write weekly essays in a variety of genres, such as narrative, descriptive, research, and opinion. Students also receive one-to-one writing instruction and work with peer and teacher throughout the writing process to improve their week. Students will also read model texts and work on grammar, style, spelling, and vocabulary through this work. Students are assessed on four class competencies: Communicating through written English, Writing Essays, Research, and Connecting with Others.
This course challenges students to write a variety of different styles of essays. The purpose of this course is to prepare students who are hoping to continue their education in the United States. Emphasis is placed on structure, vocabulary, and the writing process for American schools.
Meet our Director
Jennifer Brown has been working with English language learners of all ages since 2001. After graduating with a BA in history from Oakland University, Mrs. Brown relocated to Taipei, Taiwan and taught English learners while continuing to study Mandarin for five years. She then relocated to the United Kingdom to complete her Master’s degree in history while continuing to teach English to young adults from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as well as older members of the Chinese speaking community in Manchester. After graduating, she returned home to the U.S. where she taught in an ESL department in southern California.. For more than a decade, she helped to develop and strengthen one of the few comprehensive high school ESL programs in the country and spearheaded the revival of the English language summer intensive in both Seoul, Korea and Idyllwild, California. In 2018, she joined the Sem community as the new ESL Chair and became the Program Director of the English Language Institute for Summer at Sem.
What I like most about this program is that you get to know a lot of different cultures. Sometimes you think you know a culture, but then when you actually get to talk to a person, you get to learn more about it.