In afternoon courses and sports activities and through participation in the arts and dorm life, you have the opportunity to practice your language skills. You build friendships while you enjoy daily interactions with your American and international peers attending Cushing for the Summer Session. Moreover, through class trips, excursions and special activities you have an opportunity to travel to places of cultural and historic significance.
The Cushing experience helps you achieve a level of language proficiency, social comfort and self-assurance that lasts long after the Summer Session has ended.
In addition to the grade-level and English proficiency criteria needed to enroll in this course, class size will be limited to 12 qualified students. Not only will you take pre- and post-tests in all sections of the TOEFL iBT, but you will also periodically complete an entire practice (unofficial) test. Students unable to keep up with the fast pace of this course will be placed in a standard ESL class.
If you wish to take an official TOEFL iBT during the summer, you or your parents must register at a local test site. See explanation below under TOEFL for details.
NOTE: Students must bring a laptop that has a Windows based operating system in order to enroll in this course. There will be no exceptions to this requirement.
How to listen & speak, read & write english.
The morning ESL program consists of two 2-hour skills classes: one to enhance listening and speaking, the other to focus on reading and writing. In every course, emphasis is placed on study skills including organizational skills, note-taking methods, and test-taking strategies.
practice, practice, practice
Cushing offers as many as 8 levels of instruction. The average class size is 12 students, although beginning classes usually consist of eight to ten students. Consequently, you receive a great deal of individual attention from teachers, and you have many opportunities to practice newly acquired vocabulary and grammar in small groups.
As with all Cushing programs, computers are routinely used in ESL courses. You are stongly encouraged to bring your own computer to connect to Cushnet, the campus-wide network from your dormitory room, the library, and from the wireless ports throughout the Main Building.