English Language Institute

American Culture & Language

Ages

12-18

Dates July 18, 2020 - August 16, 2020
Dates

​$7,300 for residential students

​American Culture and Language

​Overview

​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.

Program Director

​Meet our Director

Jeni Brown

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.

​Mitsuki M (Tokyo, Japan)

​How to Register to ELI

Requirements

A completed registration for the English Language Institute consists of the following information:

  • An online application
  • One classroom teacher recommendation (preferably from a current English teacher, but must be a recent teacher who knows the student well)
  • A copy of the student’s most recent school transcripts or grade report in English
  • A copy of the student’s valid passport

Transcripts and passport copies should be emailed to the Summer Programs Office.

Please note that registrations will be not be considered complete until all required documents have been received by the Summer Programs Office.

After an application is complete, the Summer Programs Office will be in touch with an admission decision and the next steps regarding enrollments and travel plans.

In reviewing the qualifications of all applicants, the Admission Committee evaluates the candidate’s scholastic background, study habits, adaptability to an immersion program while abroad, character, intellectual skills, and motivation.

Visa/Travel Information

Wyoming Seminary is only required to offer F1 Visa or I-20 forms to students who will be matriculating to Wyoming Seminary for the Fall Term of the full-year academic calendar.

Students only attending Summer at Sem are able to attend our summer camp programs on a B1/B2 visitor’s visa as outlined in the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) requirements.

Summer at Sem is happy to provide letters of Visa Support or Port of Entry/Customs Support letters to assist students in their arrival to the United States and our campus.

Medical Information

All students must comply with Pennsylvania school health regulations. A nurse is on-call throughout each day on campus. Enrolled families will be asked to complete the required medical and general permission forms through our electronic medical system prior to their student’s arrival to campus.