PLACEMENT TESTING AND ORIENTATION
Upon arrival and during the first day of the session, students are given a placement test including an oral interview, a written exam, and reading and aural comprehension exams with their teacher. Based on the results, students are given a personalized Intensive English program plan and are assigned a student aide according to their level.
Intensive English Instruction during summer sessions are from 9:00am – 12:00pm Mondays through Fridays with a highly qualified instructor. Classes are held on the Fort Lewis College campus. Student Aides support language and cultural immersion in structured programming from 1:00pm-4:00pm Mondays through Fridays. Afternoon sessions include activities both in and out of class, on and off campus. Students are in class approximately 30 hours per week.
Each morning the Instructor will divide the curriculum into 4 sections. The first section will support students in the development of clear, comprehensible English pronunciation. The second section will support the development of listening and speaking skills in English with an emphasis on academic listening, small group discussion, oral presentation, and intercultural communication. The third section will support students in the development of English academic writing skills. The fourth section will support students in reading and vocabulary for academic purposes.
STUDENT AIDES AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Each afternoon, as part of the class time, students will be assigned to a regular Fort Lewis College student, who will work individually and in small groups on assignments and informal activities. Teachers, student aides, and students plan some of these informal activities together so that students have input about the particular aspects of American culture they are interested in experiencing.
Once each week, students have hands-on experience with some aspect of American or Southwestern culture. Community members and host families participate along with students in these activities to facilitate more opportunities for language immersion.
WEEKEND DAY OUTINGS
Students will have the opportunity to explore Southwest Colorado, at the crossroads of the Rocky Mountains and the desert southwest in weekend day outings. These outings will include a visit to the Mesa Verde National Monument, a scenic drive to Ouray Colorado, and a soak in Pagosa Natural Hot Springs. Additional optional excursions will be offered at a small fee.
Midway through the second week of classes, students receive written comments from their instructor about their progress, participation, and preparation. This will allow the students opportunities to make necessary adjustments to their preparation, performance and participation.
On the last day of the session, students, instructors, student aides, host families, and community members will particip