Accelerated English Language Program

Academic Program

The academic component to the AELP centers on classroom activities designed to rapidly improve a student’s speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Students attend daily English classes carefully tailored to meet their individual needs. Class size is extremely small, ranging from 4 to 10 students per class, which facilitates a close and productive student-teacher relationship. Students also participate in a daily project period focused on collaborative work and on presenting the products of their collaboration.
 
With regard to class placement, the AELP instructors place students in Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced level classes according to the proficiency level they demonstrate on written and oral placement assessments during orientation. Placement changes are made according to continual evaluation to ensure that every student is appropriately challenged.
Lessons concentrate on analyzing and producing academic work in English, developing a wide and sophisticated vocabulary, and improving spoken use of English in small and large groups. Individual projects, formal writing assignments, oral presentations, and seminar discussions will be given on a number of academic subjects. A variety of different media such as internet, television, newspapers, magazines, radio, and written texts, provide springboards for oral and written work will be utilized.
 
Level 1 - Beginning
For students with limited basic vocabulary and who can understand and interpret simple sentence structures and basic grammar.
 
Level 2 - Intermediate
For students who have are able to speak English, but need to build on their basic understanding, vocabulary, and abilitiy to epxress themselves functionally in different contexts.
 
Level 3 - Advanced
For students who are able to discuss general topics, raise complex questions, and express their viewpoints clearly.

Weekly Adventure Themes

Each week of the AELP will be organized around an educational theme.  The goal of implementing these themes is to give students a frame of reference as to why they are being exposed to certain ideas and activities and to help them build on their knowledge under this frame of reference.
 
Weekly Adventure Themes
Week 1: History and Democracy
Week 2: Science and Technology
Week 3: Culinary Arts
Week 4: Poems, Stories & Pop Culture

Each themed week will include:
  • New Hampshire experience trips
  • Planned on NHS campus activities
  • Swimming/Lake visit
  • Daily study halls
  • Daily free time
  • Shopping opportunityA big “weekend” trip (Boston, Portland, Vermont)
  • A “wrap up ceremony” with awards and a pizza party
The program strives to make each week balanced; offering equally exciting opportunities and learning experiences for students. This way, during any given week students will have a meaningful and action-packed learning experience. 


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.
 
Each day on the AELP presents a different adventure and occasionally alternative scheduling is necessary. A Typical day includes the following:
 
8:00 am 
Breakfast in Memorial Hall.

9:00 am 
ESL fundamentals, providing differentiated learning for each level.

9:50 am
Content-based learning - Organized by weekly theme.

11:15 am
Task-based project class to prepare weekly presentations.

12:00 pm
Lunch in Memorial Hall.

2:00 pm 
American culture adventures!

5:00 pm
Dinner in Memorial Hall.

6:00 pm 
Evening activities including music, town visits, and more.

9:00 pm
Study or reading time.

11:00 pm
Lights out - Staff members maintain a presence in dormitories and on campus.

Student Life

 Housing & Meals
Students reside in on-campus housing and are assigned a roommate of similar age, and different home language when possible. Rooms are comfortably furnished with a bed, desk with a lamp and chair, and dresser or closet space. Bed linens, towels, a pillow and comforter are provided.
 
Students enjoy freshly prepared meals in New Hampton School’s Memorial Hall Dining Room. Delicious and healthful options, including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan, allow students to experience a fusion of cuisines from the US and around the World.
 
Supervision & Safety
Our team of experienced, knowledgeable and caring teachers, activity and house staff support and interact with students. A high staff to student ratio and constant availability of staff promotes positive language and personal development.
New Hampton School is located in the small town of New Hampton, where the close-knit community values respect, responsibility and safety. For further reassurance, NHS employs overnight security for the campus and safeguards that residential houses are secured each night. 
 
Health Services
AELP students are enrolled in the Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan included with tuition. Minor injuries and illnesses are treated on campus and urgent/acute care will be given at an area hospital. New Hampton School employs a nurse manager whom oversees the health services in compliance with state requirements.
Certain vaccinations and/or diagnostic tests, including those for Tuberculosis, are required by the State of New Hampshire and are necessary and mandatory for students attending the AELP.

Sample Activities

Afternoons - are spent participating in social, artistic, elective, and sports related activities based on the weeks' theme: basketball, canoeing, dances, golf, soccer, karaoke, kayaking, painting, mathematics, volleyball, tennis, swimming, hiking, painting, ping-pong, creative writing, problem-solving, technology, badminton, shopping trips to the Mall, visits to historic sites, restaurants, bowling, movies, etc.

Weekends - Students practice their English language skills in while visiting and experiencing a variety of academic and cultural sites locally and out of state. Boston, Massachusetts and the Plymouth Plantation, the birthplace of America, as well as fun, instructional sites like planetariums, amusement and water parks are just a few of the opportunities
Service Opportunity - New Hampton School is committed to developing Global Citizens and Lifelong Learners. One way that we do this is through service to our local community. AELP students partner with the New Hampshire Veterans Home to give back to those who have gifted our citizens with their freedom. Students practice their English while learning history from first-hand accounts.

Student integration / Interaction - All summer long students and athletes from New Hampshire, New England, and the World come to New Hampton School for summer programs. AELP students will have daily interaction with native English speakers to improve communication skills.

TOEFL Test - The TOEFL Internet Based Test is administered at local certified testing sites. Students interested in taking the exam should get more infomation and register at https://www.ets.org/toefl Student transportation to a local testing site (Concord, NH) will be included in AELP tuition, but test fees are additional.

Boarding School / College Tours AELP students will tour New England colleges and Universities and interested students may set up visits to local boarding schools. Some of the most prestigious institutions in the World are within a couple of hours of the New Hampton School campus.
An independent, college preparatory school for boarding and day students, grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
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