- What is the Summer Intensive English Language Program (SIELP)?
SIELP is an intensive English Language Program designed to help English Language Learners make a strengthened and successful transition to high school. In continuous operation for more than a decade, SIELP is coordinated by CUNY's Office of Academic Affairs and is offered on four campuses of the University:
- Bronx Community College (Bronx)
- Hostos Community College (Bronx)
- LaGuardia Community College (Queens)
- New York City College of Technology (Brooklyn)
Each summer the Program serves about 400 students, who attend public schools throughout New York City in the fall.
Instruction is offered 30 hours a week for 6 weeks. Each day students participate in:
- 4 hours of reading, writing, oral communication and research skill building;
- 1 hour of guided conversation at lunch with a teaching assistant;
- 1 hour of ESL-focused physical activity.
The curriculum teaches English through an exploration of life in Colonial America and during the Revolution.
Who is eligible for SIELP?
SIELP is a summer program for English language learners entering 9th grade (and, in some cases) 10th grade. Students in ESL classes who are performing at the intermediate to advanced level are eligible to participate. In addition, a select group of former students are accepted each summer to serve as mentors and program assistants.
What is "intermediate to advanced level" for English language learners in SIELP?
Click here to read a sample paragraph from an assigned book. With help from teachers and teaching assistants, students in SIELP read books at a level of difficulty comparable to this.