Culture Week is the real-life test at the end of the quarter to see if you can function in normal everyday situations outside of the classroom. It is a time when we branch out from our normal classroom routine and learn about American culture in unique ways.
Culture Week is an important part of each quarter. While you will take tests throughout the quarter on what you have been learning, Culture Week is an opportunity for students to practice what they have learned that quarter in everyday situations outside of the classroom. Students will gain authentic speaking and listening experience through a discussion of American media and pop culture as well as personal experience garnered from guided field trips, all with the same small-group ratio that is enjoyed in class. Some past field trips have included live performances at local theaters as well as visits to the Brea Community Center, the Richard Nixon Library, California State University (Fullerton), and the Orange County Fair.
One of our favorite parts of Culture Week is the day that we invite a guest speaker to come and present to the school! This is a fun experience because while students love our wonderful teachers, they don’t often get to interact with Americans with other professions. On guest speaker day students get to meet a lawyer, doctor, business person, librarian, physical therapist, etc. and learn about his/her life experiences. Our guest speakers are always friendly, professional people who have inspiring stories and valuable knowledge to share with students. We have a different guest speaker every quarter, so students who stay at AELS for a long time have many opportunities to meet different professionals throughout the year.
9:00 - 10:00 Students present their final projects to the class
10:00 - 1:00 Game day - all students bring their favorite game to play during class
9:00 - 1:00 Students will take a field trip
9:30 - 10:30 Guest speaker comes and talks to students
10:30 - 11:00 Students have Q & A / discussion
11:00 - 1:00 Potluck - Students and teachers bring a plate of their favorite dish to share (either homemade or store bought)
10:00 - 1:00 Students and teachers to go see a movie at Brea Plaza
11:00 - 1:00 Students and teachers go to lunch together
American English Language School has formed special agreements with accredited colleges and universities across the USA which allow AELS to set up a College Pathway Program for international students to continue their education in America after completing our ESL program.These agreements allow AELS students to transfer to these schools without taking the TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test. These colleges and universities may also issue a Conditional Letter of Acceptance (CLA) to students planning on attending their school after completing AELS’s ESL program.
Our summer/winter program is a 4-8-week course that will immerse students in American culture. Students will learn various topics while being able to practice their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. For the first three hours, they will be in a classroom with a maximum of 8 students per class.