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Customized Language Programming

Drake's English as a Second Language Department can design short-term programs for individuals and groups.

Potential Program Examples

  • English for Specific Purposes - language learning can be targeted to a specific field of study or topic to include "English for Legal Scholars," "English and Health," and others.
  • Language Plus (study language while incorporating an additional interest)
    • Service - participate in community service 
    • Business - learn about US business practices and visit local businesses
    • Culture - explore American culture through local venues and activities
  • Language Camps
    • Elementary, middle school or high school camps that incorporate general language learning and social activities with a specific focus or topics relevant to today's youth.

Programs allow participants to

  • Practice English skills in the "Heartland" of the United States
  • Exchange ideas with U.S. American university students and others
  • Become familiar with Midwestern customs
  • Visit several prominent U.S. businesses or local establishments
  • Understand U.S. American cultural values
  • Learn and live in a safe, friendly environment!

Possible Features

  • Housing in a Drake residence hall with access to university library, services, & recreation facilities.
  • English conversation groups led by U.S. American students
  • Cultural activities with a U.S. American family
  • Small class size and customized courses designed for the needs and interests of the group.

For more information on customized language programs, contact Kendra Hossain-Morehead in the Office of Global Engagement at or 515-271-2084.

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