Dixie State University

ESL Cultural Immersion Program

Learn English and US Culture in the American West

Our university program is designed for globally-minded students motivated to improve their speaking skills and experience American culture. Our proven curriculum and four-week program give students the tools and confidence they need to interact with native English speakers.

Weekly Schedules

Accommodation Information

About Dixie State University

Winter 2021 Package Includes

ESL Classes

Fifteen hours of English instruction per week focusing on speaking and listening. Instruction includes pre and post oral evaluations following ACTFL standards.

English Classes

This class develops all four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) with an emphasis on speaking and listening. All course materials provided.

Speaking Classes

This class will give further opportunities to practice speaking and is specifically designed to improve student speaking skills by one sub-level on the ACTFL scales. All students are tested and rated at the beginning and end of the workshop to measure progress

Cultural Immersion Activities

Fifteen hours of cultural immersion per week, including activities with various student clubs and departments on campus, game nights, visits to local recreation and cultural spots, and more.

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Weekend Excursions

Weekend trips to popular tourist destinations including Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park, and Las Vegas. The excursions are chaperoned and include transportation and meals.

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Accommodation and Transportation

Home stay hosts provide students with their own room, breakfast and dinner, access to laundry facilities, and transportation to and from the campus.

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English Classes

This class develops speaking, listening, reading, and writing with an emphasis on speaking and listening. All course materials provided.

Speaking Classes

In this class, students will practice speaking. It is designed to improve speaking skills by one sub-level on the ACTFL scales. Students are tested at the beginning and end of the workshop to measure progress.

Cultural Immersion Activity Prep workshops

Students prepare for the activity that afternoon. This typically involves learning the vocabulary and information needed to understand and participate in the activity.

Cultural Immersion Activities

Each afternoon students will participate in a different activity or event designed to get them out of the classroom and into the community.

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Students Will:

  • Measurably improve speaking skills.
  • Develop competence and confidence in handling day-to-day social interactions in English, such as introductions, discussing family and home life, daily activities and interests, and telling stories.
  • Increase knowledge of American culture and society.
  • Interact effectively with Americans through activities in the local community.
  • Participate in weekend excursions and many
    cultural activities.

The program is equivalent in length and rigor to a 2-credit university course class.

Minimum English level: Intermediate-Low on the ACTFL scale.

Student speaking level can be assessed online before arrival.

Contact

DR. SCOTT MILES

Program Head/Associate Professor

Email: miles@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4381

Office: University Plaza B 102