The ESL/Cultural Homestay Group Program is tailored to meet the requests of the overseas partner. Programs can last from a few days to several weeks. Normally, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are scheduled in the morning, and afternoons are devoted to cultural, educational, and recreational activities, and a weekly full-day excursion. The exchange program coordinator will run the program with activities and host families from one community, generally hosted in Southern California.
Below is a summary of a typical program:
A Welcome Party will be presented to welcome the students and introduce them to their Host Families. The students become comfortable very quickly after a short time at the welcome party and meeting and interacting with their host family.
Classes are usually held 4 days per week, 3 classes of 50 minutes per day, for a total of 12 classes per week. The classes are normally held from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ESL materials are provided for English and culture classes. Conversational and daily English is our primary focus. We teach English in fun and exciting ways.
After ESL Class and lunch each day, an afternoon activity is provided. Some days, we offer a culture day, where the students may visit a local museum or perhaps one of the following: American cooking classes, crafts, dancing, American holiday traditions, etc. These tours are arranged from about 1 p.m.-4/5 p.m. On other days, the afternoon activity that is provided is for fun, such as bowling, skating, swimming, or shopping.
One day per week, students spend a full day in a recreational activity. Typical excursions include: tour of Los Angeles, including a visit to UCLA, Santa Monica Beach, and Walk of Fame in Hollywood; visit to Disneyland and/or Universal Studios; and visit to a water park.
FREE TIME WITH HOST FAMILIES
All students will have free time with their host families in the evenings and on weekends. It is a wonderful experience to live with the family, eat American food, and learn how a typical American family lives. Weekends are a great time to relax, do laundry, write letters, meet other family relatives and experience whatever activity the host family provides. This time provides an excellent opportunity for student to practice English. American families are very eager to learn about the student’s culture and are also very willing to help him/her improve their English skills.
At the close of the program, we ask that the students provide a “thank you” party for the host families. The students generally prepare or provide food from their country as well as present a program of dancing, singing, games, etc. of their own culture. The families enjoy this party very much. This party lasts approximately 2 hours.
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