Founded in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania, or UPenn as it is often shortened to, is a research-focused Ivy League university. Its leafy campus is located just over a mile from the centre of Philadelphia, allowing for regular visits to attractions as part of the course’s social programme.
Bucksmore Philadelphia (Intensive English)
Bucksmore's classic English language course with an American twist
- Bucksmore Philadelphia welcomes all levels of English, from elementary through to proficiency.
- The age range for students at Bucksmore Philadelphia is 14-17.
The syllabus incorporates language study, language for life, project sessions, excursion link lessons and academic skills sessions.
The language study lessons focus on the communicative style of language learning and provide grammar and vocabulary tailored to a student’s ability. Whereas language for life lessons integrate a wider range of topics including learner training, literacy, culture and life skills.
The course aims to:
- Build language skills and confidence gradually through our multi-level syllabus.
- Help students achieve their individual goals in language learning.
- Gain a better understanding of English books, films, songs, the internet and other media.
Academic Skills Sessions
The academic skills sessions give students an introduction to exam techniques and are intended to help students improve the skills of academic reading, writing, listening and speaking.
These sessions take place week and culminate with students taking the Bucksmore Assessment.
The variety of lessons and teaching material provide students with a stimulating and comprehensive learning experience throughout their stay with Bucksmore.
American Cultural Experience
The American Cultural Workshop sessions introduce students to some of the most important aspects of American culture: history, traditions and values. Linked closely to the social programme, students actually visit the places they learn about in class.
The sessions were created following a CLIL approach to teaching: culture is introduce through the medium of English but more focus is paid to content than in everyday English classes.
Some of the sessions focus more on general American values but students also learn about what makes Philadelphia the ‘City of Firsts’, what ties Ellis Island strongly to American history, and will see a side of New York that movies do not frequently depict.
Project sessions at Bucksmore Philadelphia promote group work and co-operation, in order to allow participation across all levels of English.
In previous years students have created ‘Bucksmore TV’, ‘Bucky Gamer Exhibition’ and the ‘Bucksmore yearbook project’.
The aims of project work are to encourage collaboration and communication through the completion of real-world tasks that use English with an authentic purpose. Students receive vocabulary and grammar input in the first part of the project session, and are then placed into groups. Groups are provided with a project guideline which they should follow with the aim of completing by the end of the preparation session. The weekly project culminates in a presentation evening in which groups display and present their work.
The Bucksmore Assessment was initially introduced in 2016 after thorough research and analysis of student English language performance.
Uniquely developed by the Bucksmore Academic team to evaluate all abilities in English. It assesses a learner’s skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening and provides a well-rounded assessment of a student’s English ability.
The Bucksmore Assessment provides more relevant and appropriate language so learners are motivated to perform better than other, more adult-focused, exams.
Taken at the end of the course, the Bucksmore Assessment is designed to complement the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and to provide learners with a realistic determination of their English ability.
It can be applied against other international English exams such as Cambridge ESOL & IELTS. Students will leave the course with a certificate of recommended English level measured against the CEFR scale.
All students receive a personalised Bucksmore Education report card and certificate during the graduation ceremony at the end of their stay.
- 15 hours of English per week, 5 hours of American cultural experience & 5 hours of group project work
- 2 full-day excursions per week
- Full evening activity programme including sports, games and cultural trips
- Personalised report card & certificate upon graduation
- Maximum class size of 11 students