Summer English Experiential Learning Opportunity!
Build your English language vocabulary and usage while also building on skills that will contribute to your personal growth, employability, and leadership skills in one of the most vibrant cities in the U.S. Mercer University’s English Language Institute is now offering a menu of three-week summer modules available to international students or visitors looking for structured, experiential learning opportunities. Participants must have at least an A2 English proficiency according to the CEFR, B1-B2 preferred.
Each of the three modules may be taken independently or in combination. Each module meets over a period of three weeks for 46 total face-to-face classroom hours (the equivalent of 3 U.S. academic hours) and includes a one-day program orientation, three experiential learning activities, and two cultural activities. Participants’ learning will be assessed on the use of their English language and communication skills in their exploration of these topics. Students will receive a certificate for each completed module.
Module 1: Developing Cultural Competency Skills in Atlanta, GA
Dates: May 11-29, 2020
Module 2: Effective Communication for Leadership Development
Dates: June 1-19, 2020
Module 3: Volunteering and Service in the United States
Dates: July 6-24, 2020
Developing Cultural Competency Skills exposes students to intercultural theories and practical applications of tools for the development of empathy and intercultural communication, and in challenging stereotypes. This course requires students to use and improve their English language skills while they read, discuss, present on, watch videos or attend lectures about, and write about instances of communication breakdown associated with misinterpreted cultural cues and their personal experiences. Students apply what they learn in the classroom in their interactions with the residents of Atlanta. Experiential learning activities will include exposure to various sub-cultures in Atlanta through visits to local neighborhoods and to cultural sites such as the High Museum of Art, the Coca-Cola Museum and/or the Atlanta History Center.
Effective Communication for Leadership Development explores topics such as team-building, transparency in communication, effective listening, group power dynamics, supporting diversity and inclusion, and managing conflict resolution. This course requires students to use and improve their English language skills while they read, discuss, role-play, watch videos or attend lectures about, and write about theories and case studies associated with challenging leadership and management situations. Experiential learning activities may include visiting the Atlanta Tech Village (Atlanta’s Start Up Hub), a large corporate headquarters, and/or the Georgia capitol building. Cultural activities will include visiting the Carter Center, The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, the Atlanta Beltline, or other sites that highlight examples of exceptional leadership in Atlanta.
Volunteering and Service in the United States uses the content of the history and importance of volunteerism and public service in the U.S. This course requires students to use and improve their English language skills while they read, discuss, present on, watch videos or attend lectures about, and write about the value of service in various communities in the U.S. Experiential learning activities will include participating in an active service project in metro Atlanta and visiting local service organizations. Cultural activities will include visiting historical sites such as the Martin Luther King Jr. boyhood home and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.
$2250 per module (includes tuition, fees, excursions, and catered lunch on weekdays). Talk to our admissions counselor about housing and other additional costs.
Applications for the May module are due by April 1, 2020
Applications for the June module are due by April 20, 2020
Applications for the July module are due by May 1, 2020