Program Description

Program Faculty

The faculty is Montclair State University professors from various departments who are specially selected and trained to teach in this intensive summer program. Each selected faculty member teaches one intensive course and additional Montclair State University faculty experts present lectures as part of the “Forum on American Issues” series.

Courses of Study

The following courses are designed for the program. They can be adapted to meet participants’ specific needs. Every participant is required to take at least three courses, two from Group I Courses and one from Group II Courses. In addition, all participants attend the “Forum on American Issues” series.

Group I Courses

Essential Spoken English for Instructors

This course improves and strengthens participants’ spoken English proficiency for classroom teaching and learning interaction as well as conversational exchanges. It helps participants to practice and develop speaking skills for teaching their subject areas in English, introduces student-centered teaching strategies through appropriate and effective use of English, and provides a variety of activities to develop and enhance participants’ communicative competence in English.  

Methodology of Teaching in English

This course introduces a variety of teaching methods and strategies suitable for use in teaching various subject areas in university classrooms and provides opportunities for participants to practice these methods and strategies in class and in small- and large-group settings. It also examines authentic English-language teaching materials in various subject areas and discusses some appropriate and effective ways to adapt such materials for non-native speakers of English as teachers and learners.

Academic English Writing Skills in Humanities, Business, and the Social Sciences

This course focuses on several types of professional writing, such as abstracts, summaries, literature reviews, research proposals, progress reports, final research reports, research essays, and grant proposals. Representative English writing samples as presented at professional conferences or published in professional journals are selected as readings to familiarize participants with particular requirements, special styles, and standard documentation styles (MLA, APA and other styles) of writing in the disciplines of the humanities, the social sciences, business, and the natural and applied sciences.    

Academic English Writing Skills in the Natural and Applied Sciences

This course provides participants with an introduction to the writing process commonly used in academic writing, and offers a plan for building on strengths and eliminating weaknesses. It provides explanations and opportunity for practice and guides each participant in becoming a systematic self-critic – and stronger writer by applying the principles directly to their writing. It guides participants through the expository and argumentative essays, provides discussion of writing conventions – grammar, paragraph construction and essay development, diction, stylistic choices,  punctuation, mechanics, and common documentation styles.       

Group II Courses

American Language, Culture and Society

This course focuses on the multifaceted and complex relationship between American language and culture - how each shapes and reflects the other. Participants will learn how language use simultaneously reflects cultural values and serves to create and reinforce these values. Many of the examples to be considered are from American English in the United States but the principles to be studied are the same for all human languages in cultures all over the world. The course also examines the relationship between American language and society – how language and society interact. The general question to be discussed is what determines who among speakers can say what to which other speakers. The course considers a variety of topics, all of which demonstrate how cultural characteristics and attitudes are constructed by and manifested through language use in society.

Higher Education in America

This course offers opportunities for participants to become familiar with current administrative systems of higher education in America, educational philosophies, demographic trends, patterns of funding, undergraduate and graduate curriculum design and new areas of academic study, governance models, program assessment, and accreditation. The course will include discussions of current issues such as access and equity, faculty roles and responsibilities, academic specialization and general education. Administrators and professors with expertise in various fields of American higher education are invited as guest lecturers on specially selected topics. Participants are given sufficient opportunities to discuss issues and exchange ideas with the course faculty and among themselves during the course.

Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices

This course addresses the issue of the integration of technology into various curricula and helps participants develop effective technology-integrated strategies and models that are proven to be successful. As more and more technological resources become available, it is necessary that instructors become aware of how those resources might be used to enhance teaching and learning. This course gives an overview of some of those resources and their pedagogical benefits, suggests creative activities for using those resources, assesses students’ reaction to the integration of technology into their classes, offers guidelines for this integration, and provides a glimpse into the future of learning.

Writing and Presenting at International Conferences

This course focuses on the key principals and techniques of writing that need to be mastered in order to succeed in front of an international audience. Participants are trained to write a presentation targeting a specific audience, to select appropriate content and language, to create an effective message, and to develop a logical presentation structure. Participants are also trained to design presentation visuals through the utilization of a variety of tools such as overhead projectors, slide projectors, and PowerPoint. Participants also receive ample opportunities to practice their oral presentation skills in order to gain confidence in their public speaking abilities and to communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively to an international audience. Participants receive precise and practical feedback on their presentation performances, thereby enabling them to progress to the next professional level.

Forum on American Issues

This 8-lecture series will feature presentations by faculty experts. Possible topics include:

  • American Media
  • The American Political System
  • American Economy and Wall Street
  • American Foreign Policy and the United Nations
  • American Visual Arts
  • American Performing Arts

Cultural Events and Activities

The program includes three guided field trips on Fridays, including a day trip to historic Philadelphia, a day trip to New York City sites such as the United Nations and Rockefeller Center, plus an additional day trip to course-related locations. It also provides a New York City Explorer Pass which offers free admission to any five museums or attractions.  Participants also have unlimited use of the campus Recreation Center’s indoor swimming pool and fitness center. An outdoor swimming pool is available at the residence hall itself.

The program organizes various socio-cultural events and activities to help participants integrate into various aspects of American life. Participants have opportunities to interact and communicate with native speakers of English, such as Montclair State University professors, administrators, and graduate students.

Certification of Completion

Montclair State University will issue an official Certificate of Completion to each participant who successfully completes the courses of study.

Accommodations and Meals

Housing is provided in an apartment-style residence hall on the campus of Montclair State University with four participants per apartment in single and double rooms, a kitchen and living room. Each fully furnished apartment is stocked with linens, towels and the essential equipment for cooking one’s own meals. Weekly transportation to local grocery stores is also provided. Participants receive a $200 meal pass which can be used in any of the campus cafeterias and can cover between 20 and 25 lunches or dinners.

Program Dates

The academic program will take place from July 9th to August 4th. Housing costs are covered from Saturday, July 7th to Saturday, August 5th, and early arrival or late departure housing can be arranged at an additional cost. Each course of study meets for two hours per day from Monday to Thursday.

Program Location

Montclair State University is located 14 miles west of New York City, offering a green, safe, suburban community with easy access to Manhattan by train and bus, with stations located right on campus.