Everyday Conversation & Culture

Everyday Conversation & Culture is appropriate for adults and young adults interested in improving their speaking and comprehension skills. Minimum English skills required prior to arrival are the ability to speak in the present tense, introduce oneself, and use basic, everyday phrases.

Ease in conversation and listening are key aspects of this program that combines small group lessons in the morning and hands on or experiential learning in the afternoon. Students shop for – and cook – meals together, hear speakers, and practice their language skills through a variety of activities. New vocabulary and acquisition of grammatical structures are enhanced through community excursions that may include rowing, attending a concert, visiting islands, touring museums, and interacting with local residents in a rich coastal setting. Weekly individual tutorials allow students the opportunity to focus on specific areas of work. A brief presentation on a topic of the student’s choice is held on the final day of the session in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Participants in this program will acquire:

  • Enhanced oral and comprehension skills
  • Improved grammar skills
  • Increased ability to use English in a variety of everyday settings
  • Heightened confidence and fluency in using English
  • A solid foundation for continuing English language studies

Summer, 2020 English Immersion
Dates to be finalized

By when must I register?

The completed registration form with full payment are due by one month prior to the start of the session for which you are registering. Please email [email protected] should you wish to register less than one month prior to the start of the session for which you are applying.

What is the school’s refund policy?

The school requires a non-refundable deposit of $750 to reserve your space.

By when must payments be made?

At the time of registration, the school requires a non-refundable registration fee of $750 per person per program or full payment. If only the registration fee is paid, the balance must be paid in full by one month before the first day of the session for which the individual is registering.

Full payment is due at the time of registration if registering less than one month prior to the first day of the session.

Alternate payment arrangements may be possible upon request.

The school reserves the right to increase program costs should there be fewer than three registrants in a program session.

What is the program cost?

Everyday Conversation & Culture: $2,950.00 for three weeks

Language and Culture for Young Adults: $3,450 for three weeks

Communication for Business: $3,950.00 for three weeks

*Prices include instruction, books, meals, excursions and housing with a local family.

*Ask us about our family discount for two our more people coming the same summer from the same family!

Are electronics permitted?

Students are welcome to bring their own computers. Free WiFi access is available at the school.

What happens during a typical school day?

Students in the three program options (Everyday Conversation & Culture, English Language and Culture for Young Adults and Communication for Business) spend mornings in small group instruction.  Everyday Conversation & Culture students and students in the Young Adult program spend afternoons on local excursions or in individual tutorials during which they may work on specific grammar points or their final presentation. Students in the Communication for Business option spend afternoons in English lessons specific to business situations and participate in several excursions. Spending time with people from our welcoming community is an essential part of both options.  With that in mind, students in both programs take morning snack, lunch and dinner together.  Local residents often provide these meals although students will also shop for – and prepare – meals.

What clothes should I bring?

Dress is informal and casual. Appropriate clothing includes jeans and shirts along with sweatshirts and sweaters for cool evenings. Please also bring a jacket, rain jacket, swimwear and two pair of comfortable walking shoes for excursions. Students may wish to bring one more formal outfit such as chinos, slacks or a skirt for evenings out.

What type of weather should I expect?

Summers in Maine include temperatures generally 70-80 degrees Farenheit. The weather can vary greatly.

How do I travel to Rockland, Maine?

You will need to choose your own method of transportation to enter the U.S. There are two transportation options from Boston to Rockland:

  1. AirCape Air is the only airline servicing MidCoast Maine.  Travel is from Boston direct to Owls Head Airport (5 minutes from Rockland). The flight is approximately one hour.
  2. Bus – Students may take Concord Trailways Bus Line from either Portland or Boston to the Rockland ferry terminal. The bus takes approximately five hours.

When should I plan to depart?

Whenever possible, departure should be scheduled for the Saturday immediately following the session.

When may I arrive in Maine?

Students may arrive the Saturday or Sunday immediately before the first day of the session.

How long is the program?

Each sessions is three weeks.  There are two options offered during each session: Everday Conversation & Culture and Communication for Business.  Students should choose one session and one of the two options.

Do I need a visa and what type should I obtain?

A visa is not required for many countries. Click here to see a list of countries participating in the visa waiver program: Visa Waiver Program.

If you require a visa, begin the process early to avoid possible disappointment and delay.

Everyday Conversation & Culture requires a B-2 or tourist visa

English Language and Culture for Young Adults requires a B-2 or tourist visa

Communication for Business requires a B-1 visa

Where are meals taken?

Students in all options have breakfast is at host homes. Lunch is at the school. Dinner is at the school and may be prepared by students or by community members. All students, regardless of program option, eat at the same time although young adults have a separate table.  All students spend Wednesday evenings (including the evening meal) and weekends with hosts.

Where do I stay during my immersion?

Students in all programs stay with local residents. This ensures a 24-hour English immersion. Hosts come from a variety of backgrounds and include families, single people, families with children, etc.

Families traveling together who need assistance in finding a local rental should contact the director at [email protected] for further information. Maine is a summer tourist destination.  Please contact us as early as possible regarding your needs.