ESL Summer Intensive Online Course

Student Cultural Exchange’s ESL Summer intensive online prep course is a 2-week (24 total instruction hours) exclusively online course designed for non-native English speakers of varying skill levels, who wish to significantly and quickly improve upon their English skills before the start of the school year. 

Participants work with US based English teachers 5 days a week, for 2-3 hours per session. The curriculum focuses on reading, writing, grammar, comprehension, vocabulary development, and speaking an listening skills. 

The program combines individual sessions and small group discussion sessions with other participants to simulate a real US classroom and enable students to participate in discussions with their peers that help develop critical thinking and conversation skills. 

The goals for Student Cultural Exchange’s ESL summer intensive online prep course is for participants to improve their English language skills and to be better prepared for US classrooms. 

2017 Program Information


*for 24 instruction hours


what are the benefits to online learning?

This all online course gives participants the opportunity and flexibility to participate from anywhere in the world. This allows them to spend additional time with their family before departing for the school year. Additionally, it provides an alternative to costly, in-country immersion based summer camp programs.

Why is ESL preparation important?

ESL preparation helps incoming non-native English speaking international students to start the school year confidently knowing that they have practiced many of the skills they will be using in their new academic environment. SCE's online course starts by giving participants an initial assessment to address crucial areas for improvement. The course finishes with an assessment that shows the participants progress and development. The assessment will be given to the participant to take to their new instructor for an accurate assessment of their skill level.

How does it benefit incoming students?

Through an individual customized curriculum, coupled with small group discussions participants will complete the course with an overall improved level of English and the confidence to transition successfully into a new academic environment.

How does is benefit the school community?

This course is specifically desinged with the goral of improving the English skills of international students who will be attending US Schools in the fall. The curriculum reflects that goal by giving participants the tools they need start the school year ready for a new classroom setting. Addtionally, participants will be given a final individual assessment that can provide the school with an accurate assessment of their skill level.

Who are the instructors?

Student Cultural Exchange employs instructors from top US boarding schools to teach all of the classes. The Director of Curriculum for the course and lead instructor is Dr. Lynee Connolly, Director of ESL at Northfield Mountain Hermon.

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Curriculum Highlights

  • Short writings that include personal narratives and creative writing. 

  • Close reading practice

  • Passage analysis 

  • Discussion of textual passages using subjective and objective point of view

  • Familiarization with basic literary devices

  • Vocabulary development

Sample Schedule 

Monday: 7:00 - 9:00am -Initial Individual Assessment (Individual Session)

Tuesday: 7:00 - 10:00am - Group Discussion Session 

Wednesday: 7:00 - 9:00am - Individual Session 

Thursday: 7:00 - 10:00am - Group Discussion Session

Friday: 7:00 - 9:00am - Individual Session 

No Class Saturday or Sunday

Monday: 7:00 - 9:00am -Individual Session

Tuesday: 7:00 - 10:00am - Group Discussion Session 

Wednesday: 7:00 - 9:00am - Individual Session 

Thursday: 7:00 - 10:00am - Group Discussion Session

Friday: 7:00 - 9:00am - Final Individual Assessment (Individual Session)

Total Instruction Hours: 24 

Individual Hours: 12 

Group Hours: 12