American Culture, History, and Arts
The curriculum for American Culture, History, and Arts (ACHA) is organized thematically drawing upon the New York City backdrop for English language learning content. The first week’s theme, the geography and architecture of NYC, focuses on the development of the city as five boroughs and the importance of business and commerce. In the second week, students learn about the arts in New York, during which students visit world-famous visual and performing arts venues. The program culminates with the final theme: history and culture of some of the city’s famous landmarks, public spaces, and immigrant areas. This course is taught both in a formal classroom setting and outside of it. Throughout the program, classes and experiential learning activities, trips, tours, and excursions around New York City focus on varying topics related to the weekly themes. Participants gain language tools to navigate the city and to interact with real New Yorkers. The goal of the program is to give participants a rich and varied experience of New York City culture while improving their English language ability. Prior to arrival in New York, students complete an online placement test of their English language skills. This will be used to place students in level-appropriate classes and will be used by instructors to create course materials suited to the students’ English language needs.
You'll Walk Away with
- The ability to converse comfortably and confidently in English with enhanced reading and aural comprehension
- Enhanced knowledge of New York City culture, history, and arts
- Nonnative speakers of English
- Students looking to advance their professional, academic, and personal goals