English Language Village

Teenagers from around the world come to Collegetown Prep to learn English together in an environment that is active, fun, creative, playful, respectful and engaging Yet there also is a definite academic focus and feel to parts of the day It is not summer school, but students’ language proficiency and understanding of the United States culture and society will be broadened and deepened, without students really realizing it in the process. From novice to advanced speakers, participants engage in fun and creative activities designed to deepen their understanding of living and experiencing the culture of the United States. Excursions to local attractions, activities and celebrations provide opportunities to try out newly-acquired language skills as well as build confidence in speaking English. Just like other programs of the Concordia Language Villages, Collegetown Prep builds cross-cultural understanding and builds skills of global citizenship, while fostering the students’ independence and confidence.

The English Language Village—called Collegtown Prep—takes place on the beautiful campus of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, a future-oriented four-year liberal arts college. This provides the participants in Collegetown Prep an experience that prepares them well for attending college in the United States in the future.

English Language Village

Language

Language

Collegetown Prep students spend part of every day in a more traditional classroom setting on the Concordia College campus, focusing on academic reading, writing, and discussion skills. Students also take field trips into the community every day, to apply the concepts from the classroom to “real world” settings! Collegetown Prep students also have their choice of daily elective activities like bike riding, painting, baking, and swimming.

Immersion language instruction means learning language all day, every day - in class and out of class, in formal and informal settings. Even at meal times and in evening activities, Collegetown Prep staff are still teaching, and students are always learning in what we call a learning community where living the language is the motto!

This is supported by a staff to student ratio of 1:4, providing each student with lots of opportunities to speak with native speakers of English, from different backgrounds and with different interests all day long.

For the more formal and structured language instruction time of the day, Collegetown Prep students will have the opportunity to participate in coursework of their choice based on their personal interest (not unlike how students chose their courses when in college). Content-based instruction provides a real context for language learning and gives the students an opportunity to learn some specialized vocabulary associated with the given topic. They cover topics such as Immigration, Agriculture, Historic and Present Day United States, Travel, Pop Culture (film, literature, arts, sports, music), Science and Technology, and Politics. To read more about some of our course offerings (and they will vary some from year to year), please refer to the following link

Culture

Culture

The goal of Collegetown Prep is to allow students to go beyond the superficial “food and holidays” aspects of culture to understand more deeply how Americans think and behave. How do Americans express frustration or joy or disagreement? What behaviors are considered respectful or disrespectful? Not only do Collegetown Prep participants learn and practice the English language, they also learn how Americans from the Upper Midwest interact with one another.

Field Trips

<p>Language-learning is at its best when taken out of the classroom and placed in the real world.</p>

Language-learning is at its best when taken out of the classroom and placed in the real world.

Field Trips

We aim to give students an overview of all walks of American life. As part of our real-life curriculum, we visit local businesses, the post office, public libraries, museums, professional sporting events and farms. In previous summers we have visited the campus of the Microsoft corporation, an art gallery, federal courthouse, television station, fire station, mosque and a county fair!

Course Descriptions

<p>Villagers develop as individuals and as global citizens in this vast and simultaneously small world.</p>

Villagers develop as individuals and as global citizens in this vast and simultaneously small world.

Course Descriptions

Throughout the two-week session, villagers will explore the English-language world, focusing on different aspects of the culture over the course of the program.

Programs

Sleepaway Camps

College Programs

Why Study English in Fargo-Moorhead?

The Collegetown Prep program is hosted at the Concordia College campus in Moorhead, Minnesota, at the western edge of the state. Just across the Red River is Fargo, North Dakota. Together, these two cities form one of the nicest communities in the Midwest and are often ranked as one of the safest and most secure places to live. Learn more about the advantage of studying in Fargo-Moorhead.

Meet Our Staff

Our staff are qualified English teachers with experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds.