The American Language & Culture Program is a four-week course of study at California State University, Sacramento for students 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.
- English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction taught five days a week
- Instructors with expertise in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) field
- Weekly field trips to local and regional places of interest within Northern California
- Access to campus amenities including our fitness center, campus shuttle, the library and computer labs
- Transit pass to access all regional transit throughout the city (bus and light rail)
- Certificate of completion
- International students age 18-26 interested in conversational English
- Beginner to Advanced levels
The program is organized into four 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: Americans
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 Culture
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 Life
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.