About the Program

The Summer Program in English Language and Cross-Culture Communication is a four-week immersive experience that blends intensive English language learning with daily activities for skill building in cross-cultural communication through interaction in the community.

The objective of the program is both educational and cultural.  We seek to provide participants with an opportunity to enhance their comfort level in using conversational English while also experiencing life in an English-language environment. Offered jointly by Carleton University’s Global Academy and School of Linguistics and Language Studies, the Program offers high calibre language instruction, the learning environment of a university, and skill development in intercultural communication and global citizenship.

The program includes 20 hours of intensive, classroom-based instruction per week offered by professional language instructors from the School of Linguistics and Language Studies.  Additionally, daily extracurricular activities challenge participants to utilize conversational English while engaging in programming offered by the Global Academy. A prominent component of the weekly schedule involves participants preparing team projects to be presented at the end of the program. Each week teams of participants meet with Canadian language mentors to work on communication tasks, participate in workshops on speaking skills, and be coached on their projects.

About Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada

Carleton University is located in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada.  Situated on a beautiful campus bordered by the sparkling Rideau River and Canal, Carleton is just minutes from the heart of government and enjoys easy access to the many organizations, associations and businesses which thrive in Ottawa. Many of Ontario’s leading high tech companies surround our campus where cutting-edge research joins with highly innovative teaching to solve real-life problems. Members of a dynamic, research-intensive university, Carleton’s faculty and staff provide a superior learning experience for our fine students who hail from every province and from over 100 countries around the world.

Carleton offers 65 programs of study in areas as diverse as public affairs, journalism, film studies, engineering, high technology and international studies. More than 2,000 brilliant professors and staff members constitute a diverse and dedicated team serving 28,000 students. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative works in science and technology, business, governance, public policy and the arts.

Carleton’s proximity to downtown Ottawa allows for daily engagement in the city.  Ottawa is beautiful, clean, safe, and centrally located in Canada, with easy access to Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Montreal.  Program participants can take advantage of all Ottawa has to offer: the arts, the outdoors, professional sports, a vibrant economy and a strong sense of community.  Ottawa is home to Canada’s majestic Parliament Buildings, the bustling Byward Market, and the beautiful Gatineau Park.  From the internationally-renowned National Galley of Canada, National Arts Centre, and Canadian Museum of History to the restaurants, shops and cafes of the city’s dynamic downtown core, Ottawa has something for everyone.  Ottawa offers wonderful artistic, musical and cultural festivals that take place in each of the city’s four distinct seasons.

Program Structure

This customized program is designed for a cohort of high school or university-aged students in combination with selected members of the Ottawa professional community.  The language and extracurricular activities are informed by experts with deep knowledge of language studies and linguistics as well as the language learning nuances of speakers of English as a second language.  The program is:

  1. Structured as set out below with the described content and daily schedule;
  2. Four weeks in length;
  3. Open to students from global high schools and universities, as well as individuals in Canada seeking to improve their English skills and cross-cultural competencies.

Program Fee 

The program fee is CAD$3,850.00  (Course Fees – CAD$3,407.00 + 13% Tax CAD$442.91)  per participant, including:

  1. Airport transfers for participants on arrival in and departure from Ottawa;
  2. Homestay accommodations, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner;
  3. Public transportation in Ottawa;
  4. Welcome and orientation program;
  5. ESL design and delivery, including all required language course materials;
  6. Mentors to help students
  7. Extra-curricular activities in the community, including three museum/gallery visits;
  8. A certificate of completion for successful participants.

The program fee does not cover:

  • Airfare to and from Canada;
  • Medical or travel insurance;

Please contact us for optional weekend excursions to Toronto/Niagara Falls and Montreal.

Early Bird Offer

If you register by January 31, 2018, students will receive a $100 discount, which will bring the price down to $3750.00 per student.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Dates Activities Hrs
Week 1

Airport Transfer

Welcome

Orientation

Intensive English as a Second Language

Introduction of Team Projects

Understanding Canada

National Gallery of Canada

Optional Weekend Trip: Toronto and Niagara Falls

Orientation: 4+

Language: 20

Team Projects: 4

Other: 10+

Week 2

Intensive English as a Second Language

Team Projects

International Education

International Social Protocol

Museum of Canadian History

Optional Weekend Trip: Montreal

Language: 20

Team Projects: 4

Other: 10+

Week 3

Intensive English as a Second Language

Team Projects

Museum of Nature

International Business and Networking Skills

Extracurricular Activities

Language: 20

Team Projects: 4

Other: 10+

Week 4

Intensive English as a Second Language

Presentation of Team Projects

Extracurricular Activities

Closing Ceremony

Airport Transfer

Language: 20

Team Projects: 4

Other: 10+

PROGRAM CONTENT

Orientation.  The Program includes access to a comprehensive online orientation program for international students studying in Canada which can be completed prior to arrival. The online component is ten-modules in length and self-paced. Upon arrival in Ottawa, the participants receive both orientation associated with their homestay arrangements and face-to-face orientation on the language and cross-culture communication components of the program.

 Intensive English as a Second Language.  The program includes 4 hours a day of ESL instruction from Monday to Friday taught in Canada’s world-class English-language learning environment and by Carleton University’s experts in teaching ESL.  These classroom hours include lively and structured group activities that challenge participants to utilize their language and refine their pronunciation and fluency.  Emphasis is placed on understanding and developing cross-culture communication skills.  Classroom components of the program are provided by qualified Carleton University instructors with expertise in teaching English as a Second Language.  Depending on language levels of the participants, classroom instruction may involve the full cohort of participants or take place in smaller groups.

Team Projects. A regular component of the weekly schedule involves participants preparing team projects to be presented at the end of the program. Each week teams of participants meet with Canadian language mentors to work on communication tasks, participate in workshops on speaking skills, and receive coaching on their projects.  The objective of the team projects is to provide participants with an opportunity to collaborate with peers in preparing a formal verbal presentation on a topic of their choice and presenting their ideas to the group.

 Special Workshops and Extracurricular Activities:

 Each week includes multiple activities designed to provide the participants with additional opportunities to use their language skills while also learning about Canada and experiencing the capital city.  In addition to visits to museums and galleries, special workshops include:

  • Understanding Canada. This series of presentations provides participants with highly engaging insights on Canada – its culture, geography, history, cuisine, sports, and famous figures.  Participants learn about themes of relevance for their visits the Museum of Canadian History, the Museum of Nature, the National Art Gallery, the Parliament Buildings and other attractions in Ottawa.
  • International Education. This workshop introduces participants to the rapidly changing context and globalization of post-secondary education.  The workshop focuses on three major pillars of internationalization: (1) teaching and learning; (2) research and knowledge mobilization; and (3) the student experience and global engagement.  The workshop includes insights on how international students can best prepare for and take advantage of study abroad opportunities.
  • International Business and Networking Skills. This session covers the nexus of international education and student preparation for work in a global context, including employability skills, multinational co-op programs, research partnerships with firms, and support systems for networking.
  • International Social Skills. This skills development workshop teaches the rules of social protocol as well as appropriate networking, cocktail, dining and entertaining etiquette.  Participants learn what is expected of them during a typical family meal, for a served meal in a restaurant, or at a reception with beverages and hors d’oeuvres. The workshop includes insights on being a good guests and how to engage in cross-cultural and professional environments, highlighting the differing roles of hosts and guests.
  • Extracurricular Activities. Driven by participant interest, participants are offered opportunities to get involved in community activities.  These can range from shopping excursions, to local walking tours or hikes, to structured volunteer work, and so on.  Participants also have access to a wide range of sports and recreational facilities right on Carleton University’s campus.

Daily Schedule

The daily schedule adheres to the following typical pattern, with some fluctuation required to accommodate specific program components.

By 9:00 a.m. Participants arrive on campus ready to learn.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Morning Language Program
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Afternoon Language Program
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Team Projects
3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Special Workshops, Extracurricular Activities, or Free Time
5:00 p.m. Participants depart campus.