Nationally recognized as one of the top schools in the United States, Mercersburg Academy is a private, college preparatory boarding school with a reputation for excellence that attracts young men and women in grades 9-12 from 30 states and 40 nations during the regular school year.
During the summer, extensive English development and rewarding cultural immersion experiences draw students who are committed to rigorous academic effort.This intensive and creative program is open to international students who possess a working knowledge of the English language and are able to communicate on at least basic verbal and written levels. It features a comprehensive and stimulating curriculum designed to improve communication skills in English speaking, listening, writing, and reading.
The ESL+ program concentrates on improving English skills in speaking, listening, writing and reading. Each course is specifically designed to allow students to learn these skills through different techniques, subjects and interactive environments. Among many other things, all students will be asked to attend Vocabulary and Listening Labs, create culminating class projects or presentations, and prepare for the TOEFL test. Courses change from year to year for a number of reasons, including keeping the subject matter fresh for teachers and to the benefit of the students.
The following are samples of courses that have been offered in the ESL+ program: English Skills - Concentrations in reading comprehension, writing, grammar, and conversation
United States History, Government, and Geography - Explores the important people, events, and themes that have shaped the country’s heritage and geography.
American Culture and Traditions - Encompasses many aspects of life in the United States, including the development of the country’s traditions and customs.
Listening and Speaking - A creative yet demanding approach engages students with formal and conversational speaking and listening skills.
Study Skills - Concentration in library research, time management, test preparation, note taking strategies, organizing and handling homework loads, and navigating the Internet for research purposes.
TOEFL Practice and Preparation - A significant amount of time is devoted to test preparation exercises and strategies for the TOEFL examination. Each participant will also take a TOEFL practice test during the final week of the program.