This 2018 Integrated American Diploma Program( IADP)summer session is not only an important part inthe whole program, but also a good opportunity for our students to learn the American study and life style.There were altogether 10 students who completed 2 courses and joined American families to experience a slice of American life.
Students completed the Mitchel College writing course to earn 3 college credits, and passed the U.S. government class, which is a requirement to receive a diploma from the New London Science and Technology Magnet High School.
学生们完成了 Mitchel College的写作课程，得到了三个学分；还通过了美国政治课，达到了从美国康涅狄格州磁石理工高中毕业并获得高中毕业证书的一个要求。
According to the schedule, students took the Mitchel College writing course from 8 to 11am every morning. This college writing course introduces students to the writing, reading and thinking skills necessary for success in college as well as in the workplace. Assignments emphasized the composition process, writing for different purposes, reading and responding critically and the conventions of formal written English as identified in the Communication Ability module. Through this four-week study, their writing ability has seen good improvement. In fact, the students commented that the IB English B skills training is applicable to this course and it served to enhance their learning.
按照课程安排，每天早上八点到十点，学生们会在 Mitchel College上写作课。这门写作课程主要是训练大学学习和以后的职场中需要用到的写作、阅读、思考技巧。作业针对训练写作的过程，学习如何针对不同目的来进行写作，有针对性地阅读和回复，学习正确的书面英语写作惯例以提高沟通能力。通过四周的学习，学生们的写作能力有了很大的提升。并且，学生反映他们之前在IB 英语 B 的课程所学的技巧同样适用于这门课，学起来并不困难。
Every day, students took their lunch in the high school and they continued working on their class tasks or reviewed their IELTS work before and after lunch.
At 1 - 5 pm, students took the U.S. Government class in the New London Science and Technology Magnet High School. They studied the origins, development, structure, and functions of American national government, including the constitutional framework, federalism, the three branches of government, civil rights and liberties, etc. Upon completion, students were expected to be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts and participatory processes of American political system.
After dinner, students were given self-study time to complete their homework and prepare for IELTS. The summer program also included a creative class in which they were given the opportunity to work as a team to perform in any area of talent. With such an intensive yet fun learning environment, most of them achieved excellent results and improved on their English skills.
Students grew both academically and culturally. During weekends and holidays, they lived with local host families, and explored New England, with visits to New York City, Boston, and a few local colleges and universities.
As America is a melting pot with a rich mix of racial and ethnical diversity, our students lived with different racial families, including White American, Asian American, Africa American and Latino American families. Students experienced different cultures, and celebrated one of the grandest festivals, Independence Day. July 4 is a federal holiday in the United States, and is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, and carnivals. Our students took part with their host American families in these festivities, witnessing the great fireworks by the river or just setting off fireworks in their house garden. Their host families also took them to visit the Submarine Force Library and Museum, and invited them to join in their family barbecue party, or watch a show. It is a really good chance for students to experience how Americans celebrate their festivals and how they have fun during the weekends.
The last week consisted of an exploration of New England with visits to New York City, Boston, and a few local colleges/universities. In New York, we visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art where students saw art a variety of styles from Greek and Roman Art to the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, to Asian Art. In Boston, students stepped into history and explored Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. New York is one of the biggest, busiest and most modern cities in the world. Boston is one of the oldest cities, and an important port and center for higher education and culture in America. These two typical cities in the New England area provided our students with a glimpse of what America is like.
Moreover, our students toured and learned about four very different colleges/universities during their visit. They visited Connecticut College, Boston College, the University of Connecticut, and of course Mitchell College where they stayed during their time there. During conversations with the admissions offices of each of the schools, they learned about programs that are offered as well as the support that is provided for International students. It was our intention that by visiting these colleges/universities our students would learn about the admission process, the academic programs, and college life. After visiting these universities and colleges, students have more idea about what requirements they need to meet to be admitted and how their undergraduate lives will be like in the future.
By the end of this summer program, our studentheld a talent show to celebrate and to express gratitude to their host family parents and school staff. Every student joined in to prepare for this talent show, singing songs, reciting a poem, or making a video for the whole program. At the end of this farewell party, students expressed their gratitude to all the people who supported this summer program,presented gifts and took photos with their host family parents and Magnet high school staff. Louis E. Allen Jr., New London Magnet School former director of the New London Science and Technology Magnet High School, commented, ‘during the 44 years that I have been in education I have not beenimpressed with a group of students like I have with this group form SIPFLS.’
在这个暑假课程的最后，我们的学生准备了一个才艺表演来庆祝，并表达对寄宿家庭的父母和美国高中的工作人员的感谢。每位学生都参与了这个才艺表演，表演了唱歌、朗诵，并为在美国生活的四个礼拜做了视频。在这个告别晚会的最后，学生们向所有参与这个项目的人员表达感谢并赠送礼物。他们和住宿家庭的父母、美国高中的老师合影留念。New London Magnet School的前任校长路易斯 E 艾伦, Jr.称赞我们的学生：“在我44年的教育生涯中，从没有别的学生像园区外国语学校的这群学生这样给我留下如此深刻的印象。”
Students also expressed that they grew a lot through this program.
“This is really an interesting and excellent trip. We have experienced an actual slice of American life. From this, we have learnt a lot about American culture”, Kila.
“And we should learn how to be thankful to our parents and teachers and our host family. Our principal told us to go the extra mile in all what we do”,Felix.
“In this class, I think the most important thing that the teachers taught us is about how to find the deeper meaning in the articles or videos. Even some cartoon films which are actually for children also have very deep meaning. For example, the film, Inside Out explores the theme of how people grow and how their experiences change their way of thinking. It is very important for us to look for these deeper ideas and that is what we call critical thinking.”Will.
“I learned a lot in the month of learning in the United States. For example, how to be a risk-taker and a communicator. More practice in our study will help perfect our skills. If you cannot remember a word immediately, then make a sentence with it to help you remember it”, Aida.
Their parents also praise our IADP summer program.
“He enjoyed the time with his homestay. Hishost family planned his daily lives, entertainment, food, and visits wonderfully. All of these and communication with his hostfamily have left him with good memories”, Kila’s parents.
“The writing course gave them the basic idea about writing for academicpurposes. He gained a lot experience from this”, Frank’s parents.
“Through this program, they visited universities and colleges, and learned about admission requirements and study life in the university in the future. The American hostfamilies also gave the students the chance to learn American culture. The above two points helped a lot.”, Aida’s parents
家长也对我们的 IADP 美国暑假课程表示了赞扬：
Our students successfully completed this summer session and arrived home to starttheir summer holidays. This four-week travelgave them a lot of opportunities to learn about America and boost their confidence in their learning for the new academic year.