The Program is offered in two 3-week sessions, or a combined six-week session. Students may choose to attend the first or second session, or the full six-week session. Six levels of instruction are provided, from beginning to advanced, each one divided into a section for older and a section for younger students. Upon arrival, students are tested and placed in the appropriate class. Every aspect of the English Language students' experience is shared with native English-speaking students, consequently, English is heard and used in a wide range of contexts, such as in the dormitory, on the playing field, in the towns the students visit, and during social time on campus. English is the language at TASIS, and students soon find that our entire campus becomes their language laboratory. By living, playing, socializing, traveling, and studying in English throughout the summer, English Language students experience an intense immersion in the language and make excellent progress with all their skills. Students focus on the main skill areas of grammar, speaking, writing, and reading. The students receive instruction and practice in areas such as verb forms and tenses, prepositions, comparative forms, conditional sentences, passive forms, and reported speech. The dynamic classroom environment includes discussion, group work, pair work, oral presentations, listening exercises, songs, dialogues, role-play, communication games, dictation, daily journals, and structured writing assignments. Students read both short selections from the texts and complete, unabridged novels. Both British and American textbooks are used, and all the classes employ a main course text, a student workbook, a selection of graded readers, DVDs, and CD recordings. A modern and fully equipped computer lab offers the latest in language-learning software, and helps to support and further students' progress in English by encouraging practice and review. In addition to the twelve-and-one-half hours of intensive English language instruction and the four-hours-and-ten minutes of an elective course each week, students are assigned nine hours of homework each week. Students who have reached a high level of proficiency in English may wish to enroll in the six-week course in English Literature & Composition.