An all-inclusive English language and culture immersion: June 28 - August 9, 2014
The Accelerated English Language Program is an intensive English language summer program.  This American-culture immersion experience for international high school students balances academic rigor with meaningful summertime adventures. 
Accelerated English Language Program
5 Reasons to Choose the AELP:

#5. Utilize and improve speaking and writing skills in and out of the classroom

#4. Get an "insider's guide" to American culture with American staff

#3. Have an unforgettable summer filled with fun and learning

#2. Make lifelong friends from all over the world

#1. Accelerated English Language Program attendees develop unmatched confidence in speaking and interacting in English through a constant use of the language in a myriad of cultural, educational and social situations

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Student Life
Students enjoy the comforts of the American boarding School: Delicious and healthful meals, restful accommodations, dedicated study areas, and numerous opportunities to gather with participants in other programs on campus throughout the summer.
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Study in the United States
The Accelerated English Language program provides a rich and demanding academic experience, but also the chance for focused, high-achieving students to improve their English, make new friends, and taste the independence of American culture in a safe, nurturing comfortable, and supervised setting.
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A Typical Day
English classes are held in air-conditioned classrooms Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 12:15 pm. Group activities during the afternoons from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm reinforce the day's lessons. Learning occurs throughout all aspects of the experience: while traveling, at historical sites and museums, in restaurants, during social gatherings and while enjoying the campus facilities.
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Real Life Adventures
RLAs are chosen with educational benefits and student interests in mind, with the objective of having students create and construct their own learning through meaningingful, “real life,” American activities.  Each RLA has learning objectives that are included in the curriculum. These adventures occur on and away from New Hampton School's beautiful campus
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Program Staff
Caitlin Sperzel
AELP Activity Team

Meg Pechenick
Chinese Instructor, AELP Program Director
Meg Pechenick began her TESOL career in 2006-2007, when she spent the academic year teaching colloquial English to 500 high school students in Shenzhen, China. She then returned to the U.S. to pursue a Master's degree in teaching which included a certificate (the equivalent of a semester of work) in TESOL. Later, she worked as a long-term substitute teaching ESL to elementary school students in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Her three years at New Hampton have included two years teaching International Literature, the ESL class offered for international students. This will be her first summer teaching in the AELP. Meg Pechenick arrived at New Hampton in 2010, and teaches Mandarin Chinese I, II, III and IV. She graduated cum laude from the University of Vermont in 2006 with a double major in Anthropology and Asian Studies, with college honors in Anthropology. After graduation, she spent a year teaching English in the city of Shenzhen in southern China. She then went on to earn her Master's Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, along with a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She graduated at the top of her class with a 4.0 GPA in 2009. She has previously taught Chinese at Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California, and for the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy. Her interests include running, reading fiction, and cooking.

Leia Bridgham
Director of Summer Programs
Leia Bridgham is the Director of Summer Programs at New Hampton School and founder of the Accelerated English Language Program.She continues to be heavily involved in the recruiting, communication aspect of the AELP, as well as the planning and facility coordination. The AELP came from an overarching need to provide incoming international students with the cultural familiarity and language acquisition needed for success in American boarding schools. A two-time graduate of Plymouth State University, Leia earned a B.S in Accounting in 2002 and MBA in 2008, She is very active outdoors, enjoying boating on Squam Lake, snowboarding, horseback riding, rock climbing , hiking, running, and cycling. Leia is looking forward to an amazing program this summer and is so proud of the dynamic, enthusiastic team in place. Feel free to contact her at

Kate Genovese
AELP Teaching Coordinator
Kate Genovese is a lifelong learner and lover of languages. She graduated with great distinction from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec with a BA in English Literature. Upon graduating, she embarked on an adventure in Japan, where she co-taught EFL classes and facilitated cultural exchange activities with elementary, middle & high school students. Over three years, Kate traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, concluding her experience with three months of intensive Japanese classes and a homestay in Sapporo, Hokkaido. 

Sam Cieplicki
AELP Activity Team

Patrick Saunders
AELP Activity Team

Nicole Shore
AELP ESL Instructor
Nicole Shore double-majored in Communications and French Language at the University of South Florida and graduated magna cum laude. After studying abroad in Paris, France and completing a hospitality and tourism program in Eilat, Israel, Nicole attended Tel Aviv University where she obtained her Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Shortly after, she moved to Kiskoros, Hungary to tutor teenagers in English and observe English classes in the local high school. After AELP, she will return to Hungary to continue her previous work.

Nicole is thrilled to be a member of the AELP staff and to share in building an environment of rewarding cultural exchanges. She is passionate about making the journey of learning a foreign language a fun and wonderful experience for students.

Nicole is originally from South Florida and tries to travel as much as she can. She enjoys good food, playing volleyball, learning languages, and her dream is to one day teach English in France.
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