At Gateway, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to explore, discover, and experience different perspectives, both academically and socially. We created our English Immersion Program to satisfy this belief and let students across the world experience a whole new world while maintaining their academic statuses.
Our English Immersion Program promises to give your student the full experience of living in Southern California while simultaneously being able to keep up and excel in their studies. We currently offer a short-term or long-term program that include homestay (see below) initiatives in order to best provide for your student.
Lodging system of an overseas English camp can be classified into two categories. Both “dormitory” and “Homestay with a local family” have their own strengths and weaknesses, but the best way to acquire English skills is “being fully exposed to an English-speaking environment” and to experience “their thought and cultures.” Students will grasp the natives’ way of thinking (culture) by being exposed to the culture of their own host families and interacting with their teachers and peers at school and their buddies (peer guide).
The cultural shock that students face during this process can be mitigated through the “prior training of parents and students.” Students may interpret the cultural differences with negative emotions, but if they are trained to “accept and understand” that they are just “different,” it will take much shorter time for them to adapt to the new culture. Through such orientation, students will also become fluent in English in a shorter period of time because of their familiarity with the culture.
If you’re worried about not being able to choose the right school, fear no more! Gateway Academy will do our best to accommodate for your student and make sure they attend an institution that’s the perfect fit for them. We’ll help with schedules, curriculum, and other factors that play into deciding on which school to send your child(ren). Click below to take a look at all the schools in our area!