Summer@Brown for English Language Learners

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Summer@Brown Courses for English Language Learners (ELL) are two-week courses, offered in a broad range of academic disciplines, reflecting the breadth and depth of Brown’s undergraduate curriculum. The mission of Summer@Brown Courses for English Language Learners is to offer college-bound students for whom English is not their primary language, an opportunity to experience Brown’s rigorous curriculum while strengthening their English language proficiency. By offering students an opportunity to study English within the context of an academic discipline, students are able to broaden their understanding of a specific discipline while gaining a stronger and more nuanced command of the English language. Summer@Brown Courses for English Language Learners are, like all Summer@Brown courses, designed to reflect the challenges of first year college level courses, and so provide solid preparation for further study in each discipline.

In addition to morning sessions, there is an afternoon session each Wednesday which will provide students with additional support in the following language areas; listening, public speaking, reading, and academic writing.

Daily Schedule:

7:30am – 8:20am Breakfast
8:30am - 11:20am Academic course
11:30am – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm Academic courses (Wednesday)
Afternoon Campus co-curricular events/free time
5:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner
Evening Homework/Evening campus events
10:00pm Curfew

Summer@Brown Courses for English Language Learners is embedded within the Summer@Brown program. Students will have the distinctive Summer@Brown experience as they have access to all that Summer@Brown has to offer specific to the academic, residential and curricular offerings and resources.

English Language Proficiency Criteria

Summer@Brown Courses for English Language Learners provide students with exposure to college-level learning. Students are asked to be ready to critically engage with course content in English. Students who enroll in these courses need a high degree of proficiency in English, with fluidity in the following areas; speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Such a degree of proficiency will enable students to fully and independently engage in both the academic and co-curricular activities. Students should have at least three full years of English language instruction.

2020 Dates

June 28 - July 10
July 12 - July 24
July 26 - August 7


For students completing grades 9-12, ages 15-18 by June 2020

2020 Fees

Residential 2-week course : $4,413
Commuter 2-week course : $3,191

Information Sessions

For information about how to apply, please click here

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Joi-Danelle Whitehead

Associate Director, Pre-College Programs & Diversity Initiatives

Received a B.A. in History, with a concentration in African-American history, from Tufts University and a M.S. in Urban Education from Mercy College. She has been engaged in the field of education for over a decade and prior to joining the Division of Pre-College & Summer Undergraduate Programs, she was a middle and high school teacher and later served as the Director of a college access and success program, where she supported and advocated for students of color, economically vulnerable and first-generation college students attending higher education institutions across the country. In her current role, she oversees the development and implementation of diversity and inclusion initiatives and directs the Summer@Brown for English Language Learners Program.

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