The LAS Summer Language Program is an intensive program consisting of two optional streams, English or French. The purpose is to increase students’ skills, abilities, and confidence in their selected language. Students are divided into groups based on an appropriate age range and ability. Learning takes place in and out of the classroom and each week will be themed in order to add focus and richness to the language acquisition process.
The LAS Summer program is an English language environment. However, we recognize that some students are not quite ready for this English language immersion experience. For those students, we offer three levels of specific English language instruction, Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced. When submitting an application students/parents select the level, they think best represents their student’s abilities. Upon arrival on campus students take a placement test to confirm they are enrolled at the correct level. Each level offers a variety of learning opportunities that include reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.
Students at this level should have a basic working knowledge of English language. They should be able to understand and follow basic commands or have the confidence to ask for help when needed. Typically, they can understand spoken English, but may not be able to read or write more than a sentence of English. A high priority for this class is reinforcing communication skills and expanding reading and writing skills with the intent of helping students feel comfortable not just at LAS, but in any English language environment.
Students at this level have typically spent a few years studying the English language. They are able to participate in conversations, read, and perhaps enjoy movies in English. Though their vocabulary may be limited, students at this level are able to form conclusions or draw inferences because they understand context.
Advanced English language learners have a solid understanding of the language but require additional reinforcement in rules, context, and meaning. These students are also interested in expanding their vocabulary in an effort to achieve English language fluency. Students in this class should expect a fair amount of reading and writing as well as open discussions on topics that will challenge their ability to communicate and think in English.
The Leysin American School is located in the French-speaking part of western Switzerland. For this reason, the LAS Summer program is ideally situated to offer a French language program for students wishing to learn or practice their French skills. The French language program offers three levels of instruction, Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced. When submitting an application, students/parents select the level they think best represents their student’s abilities. Upon arrival on campus students take a placement test to confirm they are enrolled at the correct level. Each level offers a variety of learning opportunities that include reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.
This level is for students who are new to learning French. The goal of the class is to introduce students to the language, teach them some fundamentals, and expose them to French culture. Through these paths, students will develop a love of, or at least an appreciation for, French language.
Students will learn and practice basic French conversation and reading skills. We will emphasize themes that will help students build confidence for travel, shopping, and entertainment in French-speaking locations. In class, activities are varied and may include partner or group activities, videos, music, and of course French food.
Because students at this level typically have several years of learning behind them, our advanced classes place a high priority on conversation and reading skills. Teachers also employ various learning approaches to help students strengthen their listening skills, build their vocabulary, and practice their writing. Our goal for students at this level is to help them gain confidence using their French language skills in a native French-speaking environment.