English as a Second Language (ESL) Summer Intensive Program

The 2014 University of Rochester Summer Intensive English Program is offered as an opprotunity for international full-time students to practice and refine real-life, practical English skills before the start of Fall 2014 classes.

The program will concentrate on conversational speaking, pronunciation/accent reduction, pragmatics (cultural context and language) and classroom (academic) English. The group size will be small, so each student will have ample opprotunities to practice real speaking in a supportive environment. 

Dates, Times, and Location:  4 weeks before classes start, July 28-August 26, 2014, Monday-Friday, for four hours each day (no class August 20th and August 25th to accomodate orientation activities). The location: River Campus, Lattimore 431.
  • July 29-August 16: Classes will be held from 9 am-1 pm, Monday through Friday so that students may explore Rochester in the evenings.

Eligibility:The program is offered by the Graduate Studies Office of Arts, Sciences and Engineering at the University of Rochester.  Full-time incoming or returning University of Rochester students are eligible.

Cost: $850

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.  Full-time students must take all four mini-sessions to satisfy US immigration requirements.  The following mini-sessions will be offered:

American Culture and Communication for Speakers of English as a Second Language (ESL)
offered July 28-August 1, M-F, from 9 am – 12pm (instruction) and 12pm-1pm (language practicum lab)
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.

Advanced Conversational English Grammar (for ESL speakers)
offered August 4-August 26, M-F, from 9:00 am-10:15 am
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.

English Pronunciation and Accent Reduction (for ESL speakers)
offered August 4-August 26, M-F, from 10:15 am-11:30 am
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.

Conversational English Skills (for ESL speakers)
offered August 4-August 26, M-F, from 11:45 am-1:00 pm
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.