American Language & Culture

Program Overview Sacramento4 weeks

American Language and Culture

Overview

The American Language & Culture Program is a flexible program with rolling weekly admission for participants wanting to explore American culture and improve their conversational English skills in an immersive, fun and supportive atmosphere. Students will develop their vocabulary, fluency, understanding and usage of idioms, and intercultural competency through classroom activities and weekly field trips centered on different aspects of American culture and life in California.

Benefits

  • Gain confidence speaking and understanding English 
  • Learn from instructors with expertise in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) field 
  • Explore cultural and historical sites in and around Sacramento
  • Practice speaking with native English speakers in weekly conversation club sessions
  • Access campus amenities used by university students — fully immerse yourself!
  • Receive a certificate of completion

Audience

  • International students age 18-26 interested in conversational English and American culture
  • Students of all English levels accepted

Structure

The program is organized into four (4) modules that focus on exploring American culture through various themes that touch on American values and customs, food traditions, social conventions, pop culture and more. 

Module I: American Identity

Looking at aspects of American life, such as family, education, religion, and government, students will expand their understanding of the values, perspectives, institutions, and traditions that underpin American culture. Students will explore how different ethnic and immigrant groups have shaped modern American culture. Students will also compare the similarities and differences between American culture and their own.

Module II: American Food

Students will examine the varied definitions of American food. Through an introduction to different food traditions, customs and trends, students will learn how food defines personal, family, and community identities across America.

Module III: American Lifestyle

Students will become familiar with American social conventions in a variety of settings such as restaurants, gatherings, and driving and how certain variables, including status and relationship, influence these norms. Students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast American social norms with their own as well as practice appropriate etiquette in social settings with native English-speakers.

Module IV: American Pop Culture

Students will review the various forms of American pop culture including music, movies, TV, fashion, sports, and cyber-culture. Moving through recent decades, students will learn about the origins of rock ‘n’ roll, disco, and hip-hop; the emergence and influence of Hollywood and professional sports; and the changes in common hobbies and pastimes in America.

Post

Orientation

Our staff and instructors want to ensure that you have a smooth transition to our campus and to life in the United States. During orientation, we will help you become familiar with our university, the city of Sacramento and your fellow classmates. You will take a language assessment test to ensure appropriate level placement. You will also learn about academic expectations and student life, take a campus tour, and receive your student identification card (also known as a “One Card”). 

General information

Program Dates

The program is offered twice each year and offers a flexible, rolling, weekly admission.

General information

Requirements/Eligibility
American Language and Culture Program

  • Must be 18+ years of age
  • Must have a valid passport and email address
  • Purchase of CSU international student health insurance policy
  • Desire to learn English and be open to new experiences!