LAS summer provides a home to students from countries all around the world. With such a large global reach, it comes as no surprise that many students come to Leysin with a keen interest in improving either their knowledge of English or the local language, French.
For students participating in the LAS summer Language program, opportunities to broaden language skills abound both in and out of the classroom. Classes are divided into elementary, intermediate, and advanced streams and maintain a focus on level-appropriate lessons. Students will learn functional grammar and communication skills which help them in their daily interactions with other campers and staff at LAS summer. Classes are structured to be fun and engaging, covering a variety of topics relevant to young adults, in which grammar and vocabulary lessons are integrated.
Beyond the sole practicality of classes, language lessons are also designed to help campers become more confident in their growing abilities. The classroom is first and foremost a safety zone, where students don’t need to be afraid of acquiring new vocabulary or asking for clarification. The more students practice in class, the more self-assured they become in their own abilities.
A second tier of learning takes place for students outside the classroom. Students can become more confident in expressing themselves verbally in a social setting over the course of a session, either talking with English-speaking campers and staff, or with French-speaking members of the Leysin community. This immersion in a community of native English and French speakers allows students to extend beyond their lessons and pick up more colloquial, conversational speech. As students embrace other aspects of Leysin life, such as afternoon clubs and ordering food at a restaurant, they can organically adopt vocabulary and phrases that may not have otherwise come up in the classroom. It is this daily interaction in combination with their classes that accelerates students’ learning.