English learning continues at Penobscot School
Rockland — English learning at Penobscot School continues this year with two, three-week sessions.
Here this month are students from Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Japan and Spain. These students, while from diverse cultures, find commonality in their desire to learn English in an intensive, full-day immersion beginning daily at 8:30 a.m. and ending after supper. Classes, shopping for — and preparing — meals, and community excursions are all part of the experience. This year students will be attending music sponsored by Bay Chamber Concerts, rowing at Station Maine, visits to Vinalhaven and the Farnsworth museum, various lectures with local speakers, and a lobster dinner. Individual tutorials are also included.
Area hosts are at the core of this experience. “Often potential hosts are concerned about working while having a student,” said executive director, Joan LeMole in a news release, “but the students are busy from morning until evening. Even lunch and supper are part of the program. So the impact on families is really minimized.” She notes that program participants — always young adults and adults — are quite independent and that it is amazing to see how much progress can be made in an intensive setting that is designed to maximize the students’ potential.
Fall classes for local people begin the week of Sept. 23 and include courses in nine languages offered at all levels as well as cooking, art and brief classes for those traveling abroad. More information is available by calling the school at 594-1084 or 1-855-344-0414 or by visiting the school at penobscot.us or at 28 Gay St., Rockland.