English Immersion Program

Education Unlimited’s English Immersion program welcomes Intermediate to Advanced Intermediate students from around the world who wish to improve their English skills in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Students will experience the beautiful UC Berkeley campus as they live in the UC Berkeley Residence halls and eat their meals in the dining hall. As they are immersed in the heart of this prestigious American university students will interact daily with native speakers as they gain confidence and fluency in English.

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Specific Skill Development

Although campers are expected to be intermediate in their language abilities, we know that they may arrive at camp with different skills or past experiences.  The instructor will administer a brief assessment to understand the unique needs of each student and modify the core curriculum as needed throughout the program.  Students will spend time each day developing English across the four domains of language development; reading, writing, listening and speaking. Depending on the needs of the group this will include increasing knowledge of verb forms and other grammatical structures,  as well as vocabulary development and understanding use of idiomatic expressions. Students will practice language in formal and informal activities and written projects. Ultimately we strive to have each student improve from their present level of ability to become more confident, more fluent, and with a clearer vision of what their next steps are in their English journey. 

Curriculum & Instructional Environment

Our curriculum is designed around the assumption that language has to be explicitly taught and students must be given authentic opportunities to practice listening, speaking, reading and writing.  EU also believes that language learning must be rooted in a social and cultural context and cannot be developed by sitting in a classroom or just working in a workbook. Lastly, our curriculum is intended to be fun and engaging so that learners get outside of their comfort zone, laugh, and take risks to push their language acquisition to the next level. 

With these beliefs in mind, each day students will have a daily theme with topics such as sports, music, art, and history. Through reading, writing, listening and speaking activities, mornings are spent learning vocabulary and grammar that connect to the daily theme. In the afternoon, students put their skills to the test by going on group excursions with team and individual challenges. Our unique “English Exploration” challenges are a fun way for students to explore the Bay Area while intentionally building their English skills. Challenge examples may include asking a native English speaker for directions, taking a walking tour of Berkeley’s colorful and historic murals while using new language to describe each mural in detail, visiting nature areas and practicing vocabulary to discuss local flora and fauna. Through authentic opportunities,  students use their skills “live” in a social context.

Highlights & Deliverables

  • Thematically organized instruction to develop grammar and vocabulary

  • Daily supervised excursions in the San Francisco Bay Area with an academic language focus

  • Ongoing opportunities to engage with native speakers to practice listening and speaking skills

Grade-Level Specifics

Middle School

Middle schoolers will have time to build confidence and foundational skills during their time together. Instructors will spend time helping students to set language goals for themselves as learners. In addition, instructors will help students reflect on the three “C’s” of language learning; collaboration, communication, and confidence.  They will engage in similar excursions and daily challenges as the high schoolers with increased team building time, and extended opportunities to practice language within the classroom community. In addition, our middle schoolers have constant supervision during non-instructional time. 

High School

High schoolers will be challenged to take their existing English skills to the next level by speaking English the entire time they are at camp.  Like our younger students, high school students will set language goals for themselves, but they will be expected to fully immerse themselves into extended excursions and daily language challenges to reach these goals both in and outside of the classroom time.  In addition, our high schoolers will have daily writing expectations in which they will use the skills they are learning to write informally and formally to instructor provided prompts as they prepare to use English in more academic settings.

Camps for rising 5th - 8th graders have three price options:

  • Day Camper: Day Campers check in Sunday with dinner provided after check-in and then enjoy curriculum Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Meals are not provided with Day Camp Tuition - campers can bring a sack lunch or can purchase our optional Lunch package for $40 (includes lunch in the dining hall Monday-Friday).
  • Extended Day: Extended Day Campers check in Sunday with dinner provided after check-in and then enjoy curriculum and recreation Monday - Friday from 9am to 9pm, with lunch and dinner provided in the dining hall.
  • Overnight: Overnight campers check in before dinner on Sunday and check out at 5pm on Friday. All meals and shared dorm accommodations are provided.

Camps for rising 9th-12th graders have two options:

  • Extended Day: Extended Day Campers attend camp from 9am to 9pm seven days a week (except check-in and check-out days, which are half days), with lunch and dinner provided in the dining hall each day.
  • Overnight: Overnight campers check-in after lunch on the first day of camp and check out before lunch on the last day of camp. All meals and shared dorm accommodations are provided.
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Sample Schedule English Immersion

8:00 am Breakfast in the dining hall (overnight campers)
9-9:15 am Extended day camper check-in
9:15 am Target Language
12:30 pm Lunch in the dining hall (included for all campers)
1:30 pm Real-world experience excursion
3:30 pm Oral Discussion, writing, and goal setting
5:30 pm Dinner in the dining hall (included for all campers)
6:30 pm Group seminar
8:00 pm Evening recreation activities
9:00 pm Extended day camper check-out
10:00 pm Floor check
10:30 pm Room check

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Christine Wang - Instructor 

Christine Wang is an experienced ESL teacher currently working as a substitute teacher in the Vacaville Unified School District for grades 1st-12th.  Prior to this, Christine spent four years teaching English as a Second Language for the HESS International Education Group in Taiwan. A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu and a certified TEFL instructor, Christine’s experience in Taiwan involved teaching not only conversational English, grammar, phonics, spelling, reading and writing, but also encompassed instruction on Western Culture.  She helped to plan annual speech and writing competitions and developed curriculum and produced course materials. In addition, she created and taught many summer camp programs for her ESL students designed to engage students in a more active and creative learning environment and to rekindle their excitement of learning English while using it confidently outside of their usual classroom settings.

Christine’s interest in working with students grew from seeing the happiness on their faces after understanding certain teaching points they had been struggling with.  She cares about all students feeling accomplished after her classes and works hard to create an environment to facilitate this. Her philosophy behind creating this type of environment focuses heavily on student creativity and self-exploration.  She believes all students are capable of achieving their goals, they just need someone to help guide them and encourage them to try their best. When she is not in the classroom Christine enjoys running, swimming, hiking, reading, and traveling the world.

Johann Somerville - Instructor 

Johann Somerville is a high school history teacher in San Ramon, CA.  Inspired to pursue teaching as a career after seeing the impact he could make during an experience as a teacher’s assistant in his college years, Johann received his credential from San Francisco State University in 2016. Johann places a strong emphasis on critical reading and thinking skills; his teaching philosophy goes beyond the lecture format and is grounded in giving students tools for learning by first demonstrating them, and then supporting students throughout their own process.

Prior to his role as a history teacher, Johann spent time as a long-term substitute teacher in West Sacramento.  He has several years of experience in the restaurant industry and helped to open a new restaurant concept for Paul Fleming, the creator of P.F. Chang’s.