American Studies and English as a Second Language Program

Summer ESL Program for Korean University Group   

The Office of International Education & Global Engagement organized and hosted a custom-made program for Hansung University (Korea) in July 2015. The 3-week program, designed for 15 students, was designed to include 30 hours of English-as-a-Second-Language instruction, 15 hours of guest lectures, workshops and course-related field trips, plus 3 full day cultural field trips.

The ESL classes met for 3 hours each morning, divided into a Reading & Writing class plus a Listening & Speaking class. The guest lectures and workshops, focused on the students’ majors  as much as possible,includedPopular Music, Marketing Trends, Sports Marketing, and Media, and were supplemented by course related field trips to Red Bull Arena, CNBC Studios and AT&T Adworks Lab. The students also participated in evening American Culture lecture series on Immigration, Politics, and Higher Education. The cultural field trips featured tours of the United Nations, Top of the Rock, West Point Academy, Storm King Art Center, the 9/11 Museum and a Harbor Cruise around Manhattan. The students were housed in an apartment-style residence hall and used university cafeterias for lunch orcooked on their own. Most used their weekends to explore New York City.


Students found the ESL courses very helpful, particularly appreciating the instructors’ clarity and course content and the many  opportunities  to speak English.

Intensive Non-Credit Summer Program in Montclair

Program Overview
Admission to the Program
Academic Program
Core Course Descriptions
Assessment and Certification
Cultural Field Trips
Program Dates
Campus Life, Accommodations and Meals
Estimate Program Costs
Video Highlight of Last Year's Course

This 3-week program provides instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) plus hands-on workshops and guest lectures about contemporary American culture. Taking advantage of Montclair's location, the program features guided field trips to New York City and Philadelphia, including historical and cultural sites such as Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Constitution Center, among others.

Admission to the Program

Participants must be nominated by their home institution. Participants should have intermediate level English language skills, the equivalent of 450-500 "old" TOEFL scores or 80-90 "new" TOEFL scores or equivalent TOEIC scores. Submission of test scores is not required.‌‌

Montclair State University will provide documentation so that approved participants can apply for J-1 visas. Approved participants from countries eligible for the visa waiver program may enter on a waiver of tourist visa.

Academic Program

The academic program consists of two core courses, focusing on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, plus hands-on workshops and guest lectures.‌

Each core course meets for two hours per day, four days per week, so total ESL classroom instruction is 16 hours per week or 48 hours over three weeks. The detailed syllabus for each core course will be provided by its instructor. Students take a placement test and are divided into groups according to ESL proficiency.‌

An additional four hours per week is devoted to hands-on workshops and guest lectures which feature different aspects of American culture such as television, cuisine, art, theater, business or environmental issues. Instructors and guest lecturers are faculty members at Montclair State University.

Arrangements may be made for more advanced students to observe one or two regular Montclair State University classes as well.

Core Course Descriptions

Contemporary American Culture and Language

This course will focus on contemporary American culture and language. It will offer students an opportunity to acquire knowledge of various aspects of American culture, including American civilization, social and economic structure, social and political democracy, educational system, multilingualism and multiculturalism, literature, arts, etc. It will also offer students an opportunity to study the relationship between American culture and language in various real-life settings. In addition to cultural studies, students will improve and strengthen their listening comprehension and writing skills with a focus on writing clear and well organized notes for information collection and exchange.

Students will be given exposure to contemporary American language and culture through organized activities and hands-on writing practice. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to achieve the following course objectives:

  • Be familiar with various aspects of contemporary American culture.
  • Be able to describe and explain cross-cultural variations as observed
  • Be able to write clear and well organized notes on main points of lectures
  • Be able to relate cultural studies to language studies.

Essential English Conversational Skills

This course will focus on improving and strengthening students' English conversational skills to enhance their communicative competence in English. The topics in this course will be built around the topics introduced in Contemporary American Culture and Language. Under the guidance of an American language specialist, students will work on oral proficiency, techniques for conversational exchanges, discourse strategies, conversational styles and idiom usage, question and answer formats, and daily-use vocabulary in various social settings. In all of these areas students will pay close attention to issues of speaking, such as pronunciation, intonation, diction, and grammar, and will consider how good listening, critical reading, and competent writing all contribute to polished speaking skills.
Students will be given exposure to essential English conversational skills and sufficient opportunities to practice speaking English. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to achieve the following course objectives:

  • Improve spoken English proficiency for conversations
  • Develop speaking techniques for successful communication in English
  • Acquire natural and idiomatic ways of using English in daily life
  • Develop English discourse strategies for successful interactions
  • Enlarge their repertoire of frequently used lexical items and common expressions.
  • Improve English pronunciation and intonation.


Assessment and Certification

Participants will be expected to attend at least 80% of the classes, workshops and guest lectures, and attendance will be taken. Instructors will provide assessment of progress and achievement. Montclair State University will issue an official Certificate of Completion to each student who successfully completes the program. Students do not matriculate in Montclair State University, pay regular Montclair State University tuition or receive college credit, although the foreign institution may issue credit for the program if so desired.

Cultural Field Trips

The program includes three full-day guided field trips that expand upon classroom discussions and guest lectures regarding contemporary American culture and history. Based on past programs, the field trips may include New York highlights such as Rockefeller Center, Top of the Rock, Times Square, United Nations, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Federal Reserve, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia historical district walking tour, Philadelphia's Constitution Center, and Princeton University.

Participants also receive a New York Explorer Card, which is valid for entrance fees for various museums and attractions of their own choosing for individual sightseeing trips on weekends.




Campus Life, Accommodations and Meals

Housing is provided in an apartment-style dormitory on the campus with four students per apartment. most bedrooms are singles, with a shared kitchen, living room, and two bathrooms. Apartments are equipped with basic equipment for cooking.

Cafeteria meal passes are included that would cover 4 meals per week. Students may purchase groceries to cook in their apartment, or purchase additional meals in the cafeterias, as they wish. Public transportation is available from campus to shopping malls, and a weekly charter bus is provided to grocery stores.

Participants receive a campus Recreation Center pass allowing unlimited use of the gym and fitness equipment, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, etc...

Estimated Program Costs: $2,800


  • Single Occupancy dorm room for 21 nights
  • One set of bed linens and towels
  • Kitchen pack including pots, pans, dishes, silverware
  • Basic cleaning equipment
  • Welcome and farewell receptions
  • Meal Passes for 4 meals per week in cafeterias on campus
  • Orientation packet materials
  • Recreation Center passes for gym, indoor swimming pool, fitness equipment
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Yogi Berra Baseball Museum admission and baseball game
  • Instructors and Guest Lecturers Fees
  • 3 field trips to New York City and Philadelphia
  • Use of Montclair State Library
  • Montclair State University temporary i.d. card
  • Explorer's Pass for New York City sights
  • On-site Resident Assistants
  • Global Education Center Administrative Fee

Not included in the program cost:

    Airfare       Visa fees       Other meals
  • Mandatory short-term U.S. health insurance (estimated cost: $50)
  • Public transportation to/from New York City for personal trips.
  • expenses of a personal nature     Theater and Sports events tickets

Note: Transportation to and from Newark Airport is not included in the program cost but if a minimum of ten students are arriving on the same flights, transportation can be arranged at an additional cost.

Payment Terms:

Payment by wire transfer should be from the sponsoring foreign University for all participating students.

50% deposit

50% balance

Video Highlight of 2012 Program.