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.
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, including the fitness center, student health services center, library and computer labs — fully immerse yourself!
Receive a certificate of completion
International students age 18-26 interested in conversational English and American culture
Students of all English levels accepted
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. The modules run three (3) times over twelve (12) weeks throughout the summer and winter months. Students can stay for just one week — but most stay for four (4) weeks to experience all the modules.
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.
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”).