Tompkins Cortland Community College


Summer Intensive ESL Institute

Summer Intensive ESL Institute 2014
Program Overview

The Summer Intensive English
Institute is designed for:

  • University professors
  • University researchers
  • Administrative professionals who need to improve their English and have greater cultural competency with people from English-speaking countries; administrators charged with “internationalizing” or “globalizing” their university
  • Teachers of English as a Second Language (optional post-program session)

Participants of the Summer Intensive
English Institute will:

  • Gain confidence in both spoken and written English
  • Learn communication strategies in English in a variety
    of formal and informal settings
  • Improve networking with English-speakers and
    understanding of U.S. culture
  • Discover teaching strategies that will become
    increasingly essential in today’s global academic
    and professional environment
  • Have the use of Tompkins Cortland's research holdings
  • Have opportunities to visit some of the academic,
    natural, and cultural attractions of the Central
    New York/Finger Lakes Region

2014 Program Dates

studyingProgram length will be five weeks with the post-program
TESOL session happening the following three days after
the regular five-week program ends.


March 15 - May 31
Pre-Program Online Orientation

Arrival: June 7

Week 1: Orientation, speaking test, goal-setting,
language classes begin; excursions
Weeks 2 - 4: Language instruction, excursions
Week 5: Language instruction, final evaluation, action plans, farewell party


July 12: Departure, regular five-week Program participants
July 17: Departure, TESOL post-program session participants

Program Components

English Classes and Professional Development Workshops

Pre-Program online homework (March through May, 2013)

English courses and professional development workshops at Tompkins Cortland (June-July 2013):

  • Academic writing (eight hours/week) and academic speaking (eight hours/week)
  • Program-related excursions
  • Professional development workshops
  • Optional post-program TESOL session, July 14-16 (additional fee applies)

Academic English Classes

English classes are taught by experienced instructors who specialize in academic and professional English.  Every effort will be made to insure that the class section you’ll be enrolled in meets your needs and fits your level. You will not receive grades for your work but instructors will review your work and give feedback.

Writing Course

Spend 8 hours each week in class learning academic writing skills. Classes are organized by placement level to match each student’s ability.

Speaking and Conversation

Spend 8 hours each week in class learning academic speaking skills. Classes are organized by placement level to match each student’s ability.

Professional Development

Three separate programs one for Professors and Instructors, for Researchers and for Administrators, with a focus on developing language skills and cultural competency for working with speakers of North American English. Each professional development workshop meets approximately three hours per week.

New this year is an optional Post-Program TESOL Workshop, for Teachers of English as a Second Language

Trips and Site Visits

For a minimal additional fee, visits to local points of interest and of cultural, educational, and commercial value allow participants to further interact with members of the local community for a better understanding of the U.S., its culture, and the Finger Lakes Region’s many offerings.

To Apply 

Contact the Coordinator, Summer Intensive ESL Institute, Tompkins Cortland.

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