English Language Village

Young people from around the world come to Collegetown and Collegetown Prep to learn English together. From basic to advanced speakers, participants engage in fun and creative activities designed to deepen their understanding of the culture of the United States. Excursions to local attractions and celebrations provide opportunities to try out newly-acquired language skills.

Concordia Language Villages offers two English programs. Collegetown Prep is our English language immersion program for youth ages 14–18. ​Collegetown is our English program for college students.

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 see the concepts from the classroom applied 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. At meal times and in evening activities, Collegetown Prep staff are still teaching, and students are always learning!

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, a federal courthouse, a television station, a fire station, a 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. 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.