Summer Sessions

English as a Second Language

Summer Intensive Program

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Our visiting international students experience the best of Rochester and upstate New York during the summer.

Enroll in the full program: July 25 - August 19 or take an individual one week class.

The 2016 University of Rochester Summer Intensive English Program is offered as an opportunity for students to practice and refine advanced practical English skills. The program will concentrate on conversational speaking, pronunciation/accent reduction, pragmatics (cultural context and language) and classroom English.

Dates, Times, and Location:  4 weeks before classes start, July 25-August 19, 2016, Monday-Friday, for four hours each day. The location: River Campus, Lattimore 413.

Eligibility: This is an advanced level ESL program, a sufficient TOEFL score or in-person assessment is required before registering.

Cost:  Full Program: $1,000 (Grad Students: $850)   Individual Courses: $300/each

How can I register or find out more?  Please see registration information and course descriptions below.  Still have questions?

Summer Intensive English Program Course Description

The Summer Intensive English Program is unique in that it will offer a series of mini-sessions each with targeted language improvement goals.  The full-time program consists of all sessions listed below.  If you require sponsorship for your Visa, you will need to enroll in all four mini-sessions to satisfy US immigration requirements.  The following mini-sessions will be offered:

CAS 089A: American Culture and Communication for Speakers of English as a Second Language (ESL)
offered August 15 -August 19, M-F, from 9 am – 1 pm 

CRN: 10345 Room: LATT 413
Description: This highly-interactive class is aimed at advanced speakers of English as a Second language and teaches strategies for navigating everyday work and life situations in culturally savvy and linguistically intelligible ways.  This class is designed  for professionals whose job involves extensive spoken interpersonal communication, such as medical practitioners and teaching assistants/instructors; linguistically and culturally challenging situations such as giving advice, relating disagreeable facts, making presentations, negotiating, networking, and interviewing for a job will be covered.

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CAS 089B: Advanced Conversational English Grammar (for ESL speakers)
offered July 25 - August 12, M-F, from 9:00 am-10:15 am

CRN: 10359 Room: LATT 413 
Description: This class is designed for speakers of English as a Second language who are already familiar with English grammar rules, but still struggle to use them when speaking.  This class will systematically review grammar rules and then provide students with conversational activities and intensive instructor feedback to help correct fossilized mistakes.

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CAS 089C: English Pronunciation and Accent Reduction (for ESL speakers) 
offered July 25 - August 12, M-F, from 10:15 am-11:30 am

CRN: 10362 Room: LATT 413
Description: This class teaches the basics of how sounds are made with the mouth, and the “musical patterns” [prosody] of English.  Learners will have abundant, interactive opportunities to apply this knowledge to their own speech and become better understood by their listeners.

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CAS 089D: Conversational English Skills (for ESL speakers)
offered July 25 - August 12, M-F, from 11:45 am-1:00 pm

CRN: 10377 Room: LATT 413
Description: In this practical and highly participatory course, students will take part in interactive discussions, role-plays, and debates.  Subsequent to the speaking activities, the instructor will offer an explanation of student mistakes and areas for improvement, thus helping students to identify and address areas of weaknesses.  This course is an excellent opportunity to improve English speaking and listening skills in a supportive and fun environment.

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