English Program Attracts International Students
Holy Family University welcomed 50 foreign students to campus on June 27 for a four-week intensive English-language program. The students are from Poland (45) and China (five) and range from age 12 through college level.
The students, who are staying in the Universityâ€™s Stevenson Lane Residence, are following a rigorous schedule that begins each day with breakfast at 8 am in the cafeteria and includes four 50-minute classes each day from 9 am - 1 pm, with 10-minute breaks between each class.
The students also are required to participate in one of four group activitiesâ€”art, theater, sports, or college exploration. Trips to downtown Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, DC, and Ocean City, New Jersey, are included in the four-week itinerary. On Monday, June 28, they received a SEPTA trail-pass enabling them to ride Regional Rail, bus, and subway lines for the week. Those under age 18 must travel with a chaperone.
The program is intended to deepen the English-language skills they already possess through a mix of non-credited class work, field trips, cultural activities, and local events. Education Professor Roger Gee, PhD, is coordinating the program alongside Sister Aleksandra Krol, CSFN, who personally recruited the bulk of the students from public and private high schools in Poland. The five Chinese students are from Guizhou University, which has a partnership with Holy Family University.
On July 4, the group will visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and attend the evening celebration that includes a free concert and fireworks display.