Youth Programs

The ESL Teen Culture is the perfect vacation program for teenagers (ages 12-17). Designed for young students wishing to improve conversational skills while enjoying Boston, our cultural program mixes serious learning, culture, and fun.  Class starting dates and program length can be customized to the group needs. On the first day of classes, students will participate in an orientation to learn about their ESL levels, ESL classes (grammar, reading, writing, conversation, vocabulary, listening, and pronunciation) and program activities.

The cultural activities take place every afternoon after classes. Students shop, eat and enjoy a great cultural experience visiting the Public Gardens, Beacon Hill, the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, the North End, Cambridge, MIT, Harvard University, Harvard Square, and Downtown Crossing. The students also  visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Science, and the JFK Presidential Library among others famous sites.

Depending upon the length of the program, course coordinators organize and host welcome and farewell parties. These parties, along with less formal gatherings such as picnics and barbecues, enable students, staff, teachers and host families to get to know each other in informal settings. Students share cultural characteristics of their countries with fellow students from around the world at the Teen Culture nights. These fun and informative evenings take place at the host family homes and include games and dinner.

Approach arranges housing at a dormitory or with an American family, giving the international student an affordable option and excellent opportunity to practice English while learning about American culture. Our homes are carefully screened and selected. We provide the student with a shared room in a home near the school or accessible by public transportation. The friendship between students and their American families can last a lifetime!

The ESL Teen Culture is available during June, July, August and January of each year. The program fee includes double or triple room accommodation with a host family or in a dormitory, 14 meals per week (breakfast and dinner), scheduled outings admission tickets, program materials and classroom handouts.