An all-inclusive English language and culture immersion: June 27 - August 8, 2015
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. 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
Morning English instruction is held in air-conditioned classrooms Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Group activities during the afternoons from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm reinforce the day's lessons while exposing participants to all aspects of American culture. 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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Activities 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 activity 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
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

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.

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Monika Kloda
AELP Instructor
Monika Kloda currently teaches ESL in Fairfax, Virginia for The Language Company. She mainly deals with Saudi Arabian students. Prior to that she worked in Warsaw, Poland doing private lessons, classes, and one-on-one business English during her year abroad. Monika has a TESOL certificate, a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism, and a Bachelor's in International Studies. She loves traveling which is why she got certified in Bangkok, Thailand and decided to switch job paths. Monika has been fortunate to work with foreign nationals since graduating in May 2010.

Sara Laskoski
AELP Instructor
Sara Laskoski graduated with honors from St. Lawrence University in 2013 with a double major in English and Environmental Studies. Currently a graduate student at the University of Montana, Sara works as a teaching assistant in the English department. She teaches courses in composition and literature to students with culturally diverse backgrounds. Her anticipated graduation date is May 2015 with a MA in Literature. In the past, she also worked as an assistant teacher in special education.

Sara loves to travel and has been fortunate enough to visit Canada, Australia, and Europe. She studied abroad in New Zealand and traveled to Nicaragua on a service trip where she assisted in community development. In the summer of 2011, Sara taught English in Ghana, Africa. These experiences abroad have given Sara a broad cultural knowledge base, which she is excited to use in her work with AELP students.

In her spare time, Sara enjoys reading, playing volleyball, running, painting, and writing. She prefers being outdoors and loves everything about nature. She cannot wait to hike the mountains of New Hampshire and kayak on the beautiful lakes surrounding New Hampton.

Patrick Saunders
AELP Activity Team
Patrick is a 2008 graduate of NHS. He was a member of the Varsity A Men’s Basketball and Baseball teams as well as the XC team while at NHS. After graduating from NHS, Patrick attended Princeton University where he was a member and captain of the Men’s Basketball team, graduating in 2012.

Most recently, Patrick has completed a Pre-Med Post Baccalaureate Certificate at the University of Vermont. He has enjoyed living in Burlington and is also excited to return to the NH for the summer. Pat has been fortunate enough to travel to Seoul, South Korea and Cameroon, Africa to spend time visiting fellow students and teammates whom he met during his time at NHS.

He feels very fortunate to have made such meaningful relationships with the international student population at NHS. Pat enjoys all sports in general and especially loves the many outdoor activities available in our area. Being born and raised in NH, Pat is very familiar with the Lakes Region and surrounding areas. He is excited to share his knowledge and experience with students in the AELP program.

Caitlin Sperzel
AELP Activity Team
Caitlin Sperzel will be joining the Accelerated English Language Program as the Activities Director this summer. In the past, she spent the summer as a member of the Residential Life Staff at Wolfeboro: the Summer Boarding School in Wolfeboro, NH, working with many kids from all over the world to adjust to a boarding school lifestyle in a camp setting. Before that she spent her summers at home just north of Chicago, IL as a cross country Assistant Coach for her high school and interning at a local art center. She will be graduating from Colby College in Waterville, ME in the spring of 2015 with a major in Spanish and minor in Education. Caitlin spent this past fall studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain and hopes to use her experience from abroad to help connect with the AELP students. As a member of the Women’s Track and Field Team she enjoys running and staying active. She also loves cooking, kayaking, hiking, swimming and anything else involving time in nature.

Daniel Frias
AELP Activity Team
Daniel Frias is a 2011 graduate of NHS. He was a member of the Varsity Football team, was active in the Performing Arts, and was Student-Body Vice President while at NHS. Daniel is fluent in Spanish and is the first in his family to be born in the US and often travels to his family's native country, Dominican Republic, to visit family. Daniel had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica on a service trip where he did community development work and participated in youth mentoring. After graduating from NHS, Daniel attended Providence College where he is currently in the process of completing his Bachelors Degree in Business Management.
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