English Immersion is open to all international students ages 10-15 regardless of their level of English proficiency. It’s the perfect summer program for international students who are serious about developing their English skills, and it all takes place in a friendly, welcoming environment that provides the appropriate level of challenge and support.
At the beginning of the session, teachers assess each student’s skill level and place him or her into one of three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each morning, students participate in courses designed to improve their English writing, reading, and speaking skills. In addition to daily coursework, students are expected to complete approximately one hour of homework each night. During the afternoons and evenings, students put their English language skills to work while participating in activities with American students who are enrolled in other summer programs.
All English Immersion students may choose to take the TOEFL, Jr. at the end of the session.
Location & Facilities
English Immersion takes place on Fay School’s 66-acre campus in Southborough, Massachusetts, 25 miles from Boston and 190 miles from New York City. Students have access to all of the school’s state-of-the-art facilities, including two pools, athletic fields, tennis courts, gyms, indoor rock climbing wall, outdoor adventure course, theater, visual arts center, and Innovation Lab for our “makers.”
Who May Register?
English Immersion welcomes international students who are ages 10-15.
Please note that all students who are non-U.S. citizens or who have an international address must register as an International Camper. Upon arrival at Fay, students will be assessed for English proficiency and will then be assigned to English Immersion or other programs as requested, only if written and spoken English skills are deemed sufficient.
Meet Our Director!
Emily Gifford is English Immersion’s Academic Director. Emily came to Fay in 2010; she earned her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and her master’s in education from Boston College. During her time at Fay, she has taught Latin, ancient history, Chinese, English as a Second Language, and algebra. In addition, she has served as the seventh grade dean, a coach, and a dorm parent, and she has organized and planned student trips to Italy, Greece, Spain, France, China, and Canada. Emily lives on campus and works closely with the FaySummer leadership team to ensure the quality of every student’s experience.