The English Intensive College Preparatory Program is offered on the following dates:
June 18 - July 7, 2017
Through this intensive English program, students will develop and enhance language proficiency and become familiar with the U.S. higher education system, the college search process, academic culture, campus life, and visa requirements. Students will focus on TOEFL and IELTS prep and develop skills in listening, grammar, reading, and writing. Through immersion with native English speaking peers and Georgetown University instructors students will be able hone their oral communication skills. Students also will have the opportunity to visit area colleges and universities and explore the culture and monuments of Washington D.C.. Students will be placed in one of two cohort levels: Low-Intermediate and Intermediate-High.
English Writing for Academic Success
The goal of this course is to analyze and compose simple academic texts. Students will advance their writing capabilities while refining both their style and technique in preparation for standardized test, and the college classroom. Upon completion of the program, students leave with a compelling personal essay to use for their college applications and a will have written a blog documenting college visits to local colleges and universities.
Success for the USA College Classroom and Beyond
Students will learn to develop criteria, identify, research and discuss a portfolio of U.S. College and universities that fit their needs. Students will also develop academic skills and techniques for success in a U.S. college classroom focused on spoken English. Students will give presentations, learn the importance of class discussion and interpersonal skills for group projects. Topics will also include managing interpersonal relationships with professors, advisors, classmates, residential halls and identifying and researching campus support services.
TOEFL & IELTS Prep
These comprehensive test preparation classes provide students with a personalized academic plan, and individualized score reports. This course focuses on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in preparation standardized language exams. We recommend that College Prep students take the TOEFL and or IELTS in the fall, as our instruction focuses more heavily on the content, format, and scoring structure of the test. At the end of the program, students have the opportunity to take home tools they can use to continue their test preparation efforts.
Be a current freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school during the 2016-2017 academic year or equivalent.
Be a non-native English speaker with low-intermediate level English (minimum TOEFL score of 50 or equivalent).
Students registering in this program should be able to:
In English understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
Deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where English is spoken.
In English produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
In English describe experiences and event, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
International students with TOEFL scores of 80 and above or equivalent or who have attended an English speaking school we recommend registering for the College Preparatory Program.
Core Topics Covered*
Intensive English immersion
Examine general test-taking strategies
Review new vocabulary
Investigate rhetorical style in written exercises
Develop listening strategies
Develop reading comprehension strategies
Complete sample exercises to become familiar with TOEFL test
Improve test-taking skills and study skills
Gain exposure to a diverse student population
Introduction to academic culture and the U.S. higher education system
Visit colleges and universities in the D.C. area
Experience college life at Georgetown
Speak with native English speaking peers
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast**
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Class 1 - English Writing for Academic Success
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Class 2 - Success for the College Classroom and Beyond
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch**
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Class 3 - TOEFL & IELTS Prep
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. During this time there may be some mandatory academic programs scheduled. When academic programming is not scheduled students may choose to study, work on group projects, homework, optional free time, or take part in organized enrichment activities such as: local college tours, intramural sports, workshops like time management, or guided cultural exploration of the city. Students will receive a detailed schedule on the first day of check-in.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner**
7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Residential Living Supervision and Activities
Students are typically engaged in academic programming from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with free time and optional residential living activities until curfew. Students arrive and check-in on Sunday and depart on the last Friday of the program.
*Core topics and sample day are subject to change.
**Tuition includes 19 meals per week. Monday-Friday students attend Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. On the weekends students attend Brunch and Dinner.
Jane Stanga, Curriculum Advisor
Jane Stanga has been a course developer and instructor in the Georgetown University Center for Language and Development and the School of Continuing Studies for 4 years. She has also taught at Northern Virginia Community College. Prior to her teaching career she was an instructional designer in the private sector. She enjoys designing classes that are fun and memorable and that give students the confidence they need to succeed in second language acquisition. When she is not teaching, she loves to travel, especially to places where she can practice her emerging Spanish language skills.
Mónica Vallin, Academic Director
Mónica graduated from Georgetown University in May 2017 with a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and Culture. She previously attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and a Master of Arts in Spanish. She also holds a Master of Philosophy in Latin American and Iberian Cultures from Columbia University.
Prior to attending Georgetown, Mónica worked as a Spanish and Literature teacher at private schools in New York and Virginia, where she taught AP Spanish Literature, as well as Spanish Honors, Conversation & Composition courses and Alternative Learning Modules that focused on culture and cuisine. She has also collaborated with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, working as a volunteer for the México, Colombia, Perú and Basque Country Programs.
Her research interests, framed within food studies, include the Colonial Period in Mexico and the Andes, as well as the discourses of identity and popular culture in Latin America