The American Culture and Language Institute (A.C.L.I.), is designed specifically for international students who wish to study English at an American school.
Balancing academic classroom work with cultural enrichment, the program offers students an ideal environment in which to improve their English language skills while learning more about the history and culture of the United States. Students in the program will live in the dorms with other students who are enrolled in the Academic Session. Our experienced summer faculty compliment Ms. Dianne Somers' outstanding direction and leadership.
International students interested in making the transition from schools in their home country to college preparatory study in America will find the A.C.L.I. program ideally suited to their needs. The programs structure will also benefit students interested in interim study in America before returning to regular academic pursuits at home. A.C.L.I. students study English intensively for five hours each day in the classroom. Students expand their vocabulary, raise the level of their reading comprehension, and improve their written compositions. Reading and writing assignments introduce students to American literature and themes in United States history. Some A.C.L.I. students may take courses in the Academic Session after testing.
Three levels of ability are offered within the program. By the end of the program, advanced students are writing essays in the Modern Language Association (MLA) format. Preparations for the T.O.E.F.L. test are covered in Level 3 of the program. Trips and activities to American cities and cultural sites are essential components to the programs success. They include visits to Philadelphia and Hershey Park, Pennsylvania; New York City; and the annual overnight trip to Washington, D.C. Open classroom is held daily. This forty-five minute session gives students the opportunity to meet with their teachers for review, or to ask questions. Study Hall is held Sunday through Thursday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the dining hall. Students begin their stay on open registration day, June 30th. Students take complete care of their own rooms and may personalize them. Dormitory rooms are equipped with furniture, including linens (sheets, pillow, blanket, and towels). Students will need to supply a fan (highly recommended) and a small refrigerator (if desired). Laptop computers and I pads are permitted, but not required. The entire campus is wireless, including dormitories. Resident students will receive a summer handbook that will provide more details on resident life. All dorms have live-in faculty supervision. Each weekday afternoon resident students are required to participate in a two-hour activity time. The activities may include swimming, bowling, tennis, intramural sports, indoor games, or local trips off campus. On weekends, students enjoy a variety of social and recreational events that may include concerts, amusement parks, the Jersey shore, and trips to area cities. Students also have opportunities to go into Princeton, to the movies, and on shopping trips. Students can be day students and attend the program from ages 12 to 17. Resident students must be age 13 when the program starts.
Students living near The Hun School may also apply to continue with ESL after their school year has ended. Students who are enrolled as a day student participate in all the activities of the program including classroom instruction, trips and activities associated with the program. There is a daily morning snack and lunch provided. Day students can participate in an afternoon activities program from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or they can leave campus at 3:00 p.m. There is an extra fee for the Afternoon Activities Program of $385.