Mastering the Language
- San Francisco, USA
Mastering the Language
Students train to gain experience and acquire the skills necessary to use the language at a high level - teachers push students to achieve to the maximum of their potential, and set milestones and goals for each student, with constant evaluation. This sets the pace for each learner to surpass their academic expectations and achieve more than they thought possible.
The small number of students in each group provides participants with a learning experience tailored to each individual's needs, while benefiting from the participants' experiences and cultural diversity. Small class sizes also allow for a large amount of individual coaching, which helps to provide students with the confidence and disposition to master the language in a stimulating environment.
The course exposes learners to a range of authentic sources from different academic subjects, piquing their intellectual curiosity alongside exposing them to different styles and registers, as well as new vocabulary and structures. Students debate, discuss and analyse these sources, leading to increased confidence and fluency alongside enhanced critical thinking skills.
Objectives of the stay
To make a major step in the mastery of the language
English for Global Success
17 hours 55 minutes of tuition per week
The English for Global Success program is designed for career preparation and professional development. The unique advantage of the course is that it offers a mix of both closely tutored core skills and collaborative project work. There are four components of the course, Architecture of the Language, Clarity of Spoken Interaction, Writing Effective Professional Communication and Leadership Skills.
- Core skills lessons which equip students with the necessary skills in grammar, comprehension and accuracy, and communication skills workshops which transform learners into bold and fluent users of the language.
- Lesson content is academically challenging, and students interact with new ideas and approaches through the use of authentic materials from a range of academic subjects. Students are exposed to subjects such as literature, history and economics and acquire mastery of the language through broadening their knowledge of these topics.
- The discussion of current international affairs and topical issues in the classroom allows students to develop skills in speaking, expression and debate in tandem with widening their worldview.
- Courses include an element of teamwork, building expertise in interpersonal and intercultural communication, alongside problem-solving, critical thinking and leadership.
- Homework tasks are set daily to allow learners to reflect on and consolidate what they have learned in the day, as well as prepare for the next day.
A deep understanding of the language, ability to speak with clarity and be understood, ability to write with impact and communicate a message in clear written English, in addition to team-building and project management skills, and cross-cultural collaboration.
The experience of living in the city of San Francisco
San Francisco is a diverse and vibrant city, which is reflected in its cultural scene. The start-up culture in the city attracts talented, creative professionals from around the globe, while the city is also home to numerous arts, theatre and music organizations, cementing its status as one of America’s cultural, financial, and tech centers.
America’s largest modern art museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is just the tip of San Francisco’s cultural iceberg. The city is also home to one of the country’s largest performing arts complexes, hosting the San Francisco Ballet, the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Symphony, alongside numerous smaller art and performance venues which highlight a diverse mix of genres and styles. Food culture is strong in San Francisco, with the diverse make-up of the city affording it a world leading reputation in all types of cuisine from local delicacies to international specialities, and a seemingly endless supply of cafes and restaurants to sample.
San Francisco has a strong sporting culture, with several major-league sports teams located in and around the city, as well as numerous parks and sports clubs.
Students arriving into San Francisco have the option of either San Francisco or Oakland International airports. Both airports are well-connected to the city through San Francisco’s extensive public transport options, and there are direct trains and shuttles from each airport to the downtown area of the city. Alternatively the school can arrange a private taxi transfer.
The ‘City by the Bay’ is a beautiful mix of cultures, flavors, and styles. OISE San Francisco students have many opportunities to explore the neighborhoods and experience the activities that encapsulate the unique sophisticated and cultured vibe of San Francisco. Cultural activities include city tours and neighborhood walks, tours of local universities including Berkeley and Stanford and visits to museums and galleries.
The price includes 17 hours 55 minutes of tuition per week, a social programme, all learning materials and a certificate at the end of the course.