Summer English Programme is a four-week programme made for incoming first-year students. The programme aims to help students adapt to the English-speaking environment at UM. Participants have opportunities to exchange ideas with programme assistants from around the world and experienced living in the residential colleges.
The summer programme includes a series of intensive courses with interactive learning activities, including games designed to encourage students to communicate with each other in English. A weekly presentation class provides a platform for students to build up their confidence in public speaking. After class, students have a variety of extracurricular classes, including drama, singing, and yoga, to integrate English learning into their daily lives.
Nick Yang, a freshman from the Faculty of Business Administration, says the programme created a relaxed learning atmosphere and he enjoyed sharing his interests and discoveries outside the university with his classmates in English. He also learned how to express an idea in alternative ways. After completing the intensive programme, Yang made significant progress in listening, reading, and writing, and became more confident in communication.
Mike Liang, a freshman from the Faculty of Social Sciences, says the interactive teaching method was very effective in guiding the students to immerse themselves in an English-speaking environment. In the process, he realised the huge differences between learning English from books and using English in real life, so he treasured the opportunity to communicate with foreign teachers. At the closing ceremony, Liang, who joined the singing class, gave a performance and shared what he had learned in the programme.