The Summer Language Institute (SLI) is a one-month, intensive, high-energy English language program occurring during the month of July. We enroll approximately 250 students from 8-10 countries. Instructors assist students in reaching their language goals and enable them to participate in societal transformation. They also have the opportunity to form relationships with students and have conversations that go beyond mere language instruction.
LCC International University has distinguished itself in the region by utilizing a holistic approach to education where learning both inside and outside the classroom is valued and intentionally structured. For this reason during the Summer Language Institute special programming is carried out in the Residence Halls by the Residence Life staff.
Curriculum & Materials
Classroom activities integrate the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The focus is on interactive lessons that encourage the development of communication skills. Morning classes use the New English File, published by Oxford University Press, as a curriculum guide. This series covers a wide range of language levels, from beginner to advanced. Each level has its own curriculum set with a student book, workbook, pronunciation book, CD and teacher’s guide. Afternoon classes cover a variety of specific language skills or content areas. Each of these classes has a developed syllabus. Though LCC uses the New English File and syllabi as curriculum guides, instructors have the freedom to plan their classes using a variety of other available resources. LCC has a large, and continually expanding, selection of supplementary materials. To assist instructors, LCC hosts a required week of orientation as well as a final debriefing session to end the program. Instructors also receive curricular support in weekly small group and instructor meetings.
Co- Curricular Program
The Residence Life program during the Summer Language Institute provides a true feel for LCC’s diverse and dynamic environment. The goal of the Residence Life program is to create a safe and inclusive living environment where students can develop relationships and a sense of community, deepen their understanding of other cultures, learn to resolve conflicts, communicate effectively, and develop their personalities. The program is an integral part of this unique learning experience. Outside of the classroom, co-curricular activities are scheduled for late afternoons (after 4:00 p.m.), and/or evenings. Specific offerings will be determined by staff qualifications and student interest. Possible activities include: all-school barbecue night, sports (baseball, basketball, street hockey, soccer), instrumental or vocal music groups, talent night, and table games. The Spiritual Formation Coordinator/Chaplain will coordinate Bible studies, discussion groups and worship services. Please visit the Residence Life section of the web for more information on co-curricular programming.
Classes meet for six hours daily over a three-week period in July. The students who enroll are grouped in classes of 12 to 20, depending on English language ability. All students attend a three-hour block of classes each morning, based on the Integrated Multi-skills Approach. This model for teaching English links the four major skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Afternoon classes give the student a variety of options, which allow them to focus on specific language skills or content. Skills-focused courses offered could include conversation practice, public speaking, reading, business English, , debate, and grammar. Examples of content-based classes include intercultural studies, literature, photography, and Shakespeare. Instructors teach either in the morning or in the afternoon, depending on need, as well as on instructors’ interests, skills and strengths. Beyond class time, students and instructors have the opportunity to participate in planned extra-curricular activities such as Bible studies, discussion groups, game nights, sports and music groups.
9:00 – 12:00 Integrated Language Classes
1:00 – 1:50 Afternoon Class #1
2:00 – 2:50 Afternoon Class #2
3:00- 3:50 Afternoon Class #3
Evening Optional extra-curricular activities
Instructors & Assistants
The SLI team is made up of people from a variety of age groups and educational backgrounds, ranging from university graduates to retirees. The common strengths that guide their teaching are good organization skills, classroom leadership ability, creativity, flexibility, a sense of humor, humility, and warmth.
Many university students come to SLI as classroom assistants and activity co-ordinators. They work with students in small groups or one-on-one under direction from a classroom instructor. Relationship building and social planning are an important aspect of their assignment. For instructors or assistants enrolled in TESOL programs, LCC offers accredited practicum experiences by arrangement with their North American institutions.
Resident Directors and Resident Assistants
Resident Directors (RDs) oversee the halls, supervise Resident Assistants, organize campus activities in the evenings, mentor RAs on an individual basis, provide mature leadership for living standards and navigate discipline issues with students. The Resident Directors work directly with the Residence Life team.
Resident Assistants (RAs) manage orientation to residence life, lead campus activities in the evenings, provide mature leadership for living standards, and navigate discipline issues with students. The Resident Assistants work directly with the Student Life team.
The majority of people who attend classes are high school students. Most are currently enrolled in English classes at their high schools but are eager and serious about learning more. Some adult professionals also attend and are looking to develop their English for work-related reasons. Most students are seasoned language learners for whom English is a third or fourth language. All students pay tuition to attend SLI classes.
LCC requires that SLI instructors have a minimum of a BA degree, preferably in any of the following areas: general education, foreign or second language teaching methods (TESL, TESOL), linguistics, English, reading or literacy. Instructors preferably have teaching experience, especially teaching English as a foreign or second language. Assistants must have completed a minimum of two years of college.
LCC requires that SLI Resident Directors have a minimum of a BA degree, preferably in any of the following areas: student development, residence life, higher education, counseling, etc. or have substantial experience with youth camps and youth programs. Resident Assistants can be current BA students; experience in ResLife and/or youth work is preferred. Assistants must have completed a minimum of two years of college.
SLI staff and faculty pay for their flight to Lithuania. Housing in the Residence Halls is provided free of charge. LCC also provides airport pick up upon arrival, orientation sessions and teaching and training materials.
Date & Length Options
The SLI program runs for a total of four weeks, with one week of orientation and three weeks of teaching.