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Centenary College Holds Summer Culture and Language Program

06/13/2014, 09:40 AM

Hackettstown, N.J. – Centenary College is running its annual intensive Summer Culture and Language Program for international students to learn American culture and the English language.  This program is open to international college and high school students.

From July 7 through August 14, 2014, 55 students from China,Georgia and Korea are attending the Summer Culture & Language Program.  Fourteen of the summer students will remain at Centenary for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Some students will be attending from Centenary sister university partners in South Korea such as Dongduk Women’s University, Ewha Womans University, Hoseo University, and Yongin University, and from Hwa Nan University in China.  Three international students from China will be participating; two from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains and one from Pope John XXIII Regional High School in Sparta Township.

“This is a program that is very well-respected overseas and continues to thrive because of student satisfaction,” says Dr. Joseph P. Linskey, Dean of the School of International Programs at Centenary College. “We use innovative methods to engage the students and infuse them with enthusiasm about the subject matter.  This year, we have started reaching out to local high schools that have an international population, as well.”

As part of this program innovative projects include a mock job interview session where students learn about the art of interviewing by participating in an interview situation with career experts, local human resources representatives and Centenary College faculty and staff.  Students will learn about the Hackettstown community and surrounding areas, as well as participate in cultural and educational trips to Washington, D.C., Boston, New York City and Philadelphia, where they will have the opportunity to see America’s pastime in the form of a Phillies baseball game. 

To provide these students with the best support, Centenary intercultural resident directors and assistants assigned to work with these students are required to participate in a seven day intensive orientation to the program which includes intercultural sensitivity and cultural understanding.  This staff and student life training will be coordinated by the SCLP Director, Mr. Timothy Tomaino, who is a 2013 graduate of Centenary College. 

On the academic side, they will participate in an English pronunciation enrichment program, and take a four-credit Intensive English as a Second Language reading and writing class.  They will also take a four-credit American Culture class that will provide them with an understanding of America today and cultural life on American college campuses.  Students with exceptional English skills will participate in a literature and writing course. 

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary
College is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and career studies college
distinguished by an accomplished faculty, small class size and diverse student body.  Centenary is the only baccalaureate and master’s degree granting institution in northwest
New Jersey.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs online and in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.