Courses will cover themes in American culture, education, business and government. Participants will understand American diversity and the underlying values many Americans share and practice. Discussions and seminars help to integrate the information with their own experience in New York. The course runs from is from Monday through Thursday with 20 hours per week.
Participants will be tested and informally interviewed upon their arrival. Based on the results, the participants will be placed at the appropriate level. The language program includes classes in grammar, reading, writing, and communication skills. The American topics are integrated with language learning.
One of the goals of the program is to introduce participants to the rich resources of New York City and how to use them effectively. Field trips will include visits to sites of professional and cultural interest as well as local social gatherings. An introduction to New York City will include tours of Manhattan and Staten Island and other boroughs upon request. These forays will provide an overview of the people, institutions, sites, and culture of the various local places. Visits will be arranged to athletic events, museums, and other cultural institutions. These excursions will be reinforced with classroom instruction.