Our 5-week summer session is another great way to develop your English skills in a short amount of time. The short length of the program is ideal for self-motivated and dedicated students who are ready to work hard, and for those who just want a little extra help before the start of a full semester.
Our summer session also has weekly trips and activities sponsored by the Center for International Programs, and others put on by the town of New Paltz. This means that your summer experience will both be work and play!
Students enrolling in summer session will enroll in different courses based on their skill level.
Levels: A, B, and C
Students in these levels will take a Communication Skills course and an Integrated Skills course.
Communication Skills will combine elements of listening, speaking, and grammar into one course. It will combine with the Integrated Skills C class to form a well connected and integrated program of language learning. These courses will require the student to participate in presentations, lecture-listening, and practice responding to academic lectures.
Students who continue into Fall semester will have their Fall level determined by a combination of their course grade and a final English placement test.
Summer Academic Purposes
Students in this level will take the Reading and Writing module and Listening and Speaking module normally offered in Fall and Spring. These courses will be more intensive versions of the semester long versions. Students are expected to already have Academic-level understanding of English grammar.
Completion of this course is equivalent to completing the 16-week Academic Purposes level in Fall or Spring. Students will still be expected to meet all requirements for program completion, including course grade, writing portfolio, and a presentation judged by a panel.
Students are welcome to continue their studies into the Fall semester, or enroll in Summer only.
"I graduated [from a U.S. college] in 2016, but my English was not good," says Yvelisse Garcia, a former summer participant. "That is why I decided to take the ESL class at New Paltz to improve my English language. It was an exciting experience in the 5-week program. I really liked the professors' teaching methods because they helped me to truly improve my public speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.”