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Immersion Courses

The English Department offers 3-week (winter break) and 5-week (summer break) immersion courses for emergent bilingual students (i.e. students with ESL backgrounds). The courses typically meet every day Monday-Friday for 2½ hours per class session.  All courses are open to matriculated Hunter College students only and are free of charge.

The Summer 2014 program will run Monday-Thursday from June 30th-July 31st. If you are interested in attending, please see the Summer 2014 Immersion Course Details.

Courses are subject to enrollment with only the Integrated Skills course offered in the winter. All three courses are described below: 

· USIP Writing: Similar to English 005, this course focuses on paragraph and essay development with attention to in-class writing and researching skills.
· USIP Reading and Vocabulary: Similar to ENGL 002, this course focuses on close reading of texts and reading comprehension skills as well as work on overall improving both academic and conversational vocabulary use. 
· USIP Integrated Academic Language Skills: This class is a multi-skills course that helps students at all levels improve their speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills for success in university-level courses. Instructors provide tips and practice for academic language skills such as note-taking, participating in discussions, meeting with professors in office hours, and giving oral presentations.

Each workshop focuses primarily on preparing students for the language skills needed to succeed in upper division college level courses. Students from all academic levels are encouraged to take the courses (Freshmen-Senior), and they are open to transfer, continuing, and incoming 1st year students.

USIP Writing and USIP Reading and Vocabulary also offer help for students who need to pass the CUNY proficiency exams in reading (CATR) or writing (CATW). 

Students may sign up for more than one section (take all three if you are ambitious!), but you must take the USIP Writing class if you have not passed the CATW test, and you must take the USIP Reading and Writing class if you have not passed the CATR test.

Class activities in all of the courses vary between full group lectures and demonstrations, partner activities, and group project work. Instructors bring in a variety of reading texts from newspapers, magazines, and other print/online sources as well as use videos to introduce new vocabulary and ideas. In each class, students take field trips to local museums and cultural points of interest.

At the end of the seminars, instructors provide students with a comprehensive evaluation of their language skills including areas in need of improvement. See the Rubric for the Integrated Skills Course.

The ESL Program Coordinator hosts information sessions in April/May and November/December before signup for each session begins. Check this page in early April or early November for more information on dates and times.

For more information, feel free to contact Paul McPherron, ESL Program Coordinator, through email:, phone: 212-772-5201, or in his office: HW 1248.

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