Foreign Language Summer Programs
Exeter students may participate in the Academy's summer programs abroad, which are open to other high-school students as well. Each study tour combines a linguistic immersion through an academic and cultural program with activities geared especially toward adolescents. In the French, Spanish and Chinese programs, an Exeter instructor will serve as director, accompanying the students in their travel and excursions, and assuring supervision and frequent contact with the students. Programs may be cancelled if there is insufficient interest in a given year. The director of the Toin, Japan, program is appointed from any of the participating American schools (see below). The programs do not earn academic credits, but students may be able to advance a term in their language study at the Academy through recommendation of the program director or a placement test taken upon their return. For dates, itinerary and fees, please write to the specific program or contact the Department of Modern Languages. The summer tours are offered according to staffing availability and the degree of student interest. Check with the head of department to see if the tour will in fact be offered in the coming summer.
This program is designed for students who are interested in developing their French skills, whether from the beginning or at a more advanced level, and will last approximately four weeks. A unique blend of language, art and touring, this program begins with a two-week homestay in Tours, where students will visit the imposing châteaux and the vineyards of the area. From the Loire valley, the group will go to Paris, spending five days exploring the art and architecture of the city and nearby Versailles. Finally, the tour heads south to Provence, following the steps of Van Gogh and Matisse in the important art centers of the Midi. Interested candidates should write to Summer Program in France, Department of Modern Languages.
This program is designed for students who are interested in exploring Japanese language and culture and no language background in Japanese is necessary. For two weeks, students live in the greater Tokyo/Yokohama area with a Japanese host family with a son or daughter of the same age, and attend Kumon High school located in Yokohama. Students will attend academic classes as well as language classes, and experience cultural activities, such as judo, kendo, calligraphy, tea ceremony, and flower arranging. The students will also go on field trips to see historical sites such as Kamakura, the former capital of Japan during the Kamakura Period, and Asakusa, site of the famous Senso-ji Buddhist temple, as well as urban districts like Shibuya, the fashion center of Japan, and Akihabara, a major center for technology.
Interested students should contact Ms. Tazawa of the Department of Modern Languages.
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Phillips Exeter Academy sponsors a summer language program in Spain, directed and supervised by Exeter faculty members. This program is designed for all level Spanish language students interested in exploring the culture and lifestyles of Spain through a homestay experience. The group spends the first week of the program in Madrid exploring the city's many attractions which include a flamenco show and visits to the Prado and Reina Sofia museums. After the first week, the group then enjoys a relaxing drive north to the beautiful beach town called Santander where students live in Spanish homes and participate fully in everyday family life. It is this rich experience of immersion which contributes most to progress in spoken Spanish. Every weekday, participants attend Spanish language classes taught by native instructors. The rest of each day, as well as the remaining weekday, are devoted to tours and cultural activities, including museums and outdoor adventures. Interested candidates should write to Summer Program in Spain, Department of Modern Languages, Phillips Exeter Academy.
The Academy offers a five-week summer program for the study of Chinese language from late June into the last week of July in Taichung on the western coast of Taiwan. Classes are held at Tung Hai University and students are lodged with Chinese-speaking families in the city. Afternoons and weekends are spent visiting sites of cultural and historical interest and doing recreational activities. There will also be an opportunity to tour the city of Taipei and visit the Chiang Kai Shek National Art Museum, renowned for its collection of art treasures from the last 4,000 years of Chinese history. The program is open to PEA students and students studying Chinese from other schools. Interested students should contact Mrs. Ming Fontaine of the Department of Modern Languages.