English as a Second Language
Otis Summer of Art English as a Second Language (ESL) Immersion Program is for students who want to develop competency in the English language. The ESL Immersion program provides an excellent opportunity to improve English language skills while preparing students for living in Los Angeles, as well as attending Otis or another college of art and design.
The four-week program blends experiential learning through studio practice with intensive training in language and academic skills, as well as visits to local cultural attractions.
The ESL Immersion Program is open to participants seeking admission to Otis and other colleges and universities, as well as individuals interested in creative and personalized English-as-a-second-language instruction.
English Language Competency for ESL Courses
If you wish to attend the Otis Summer of Art ESL Immersion program, your registration form must be accompanied by proof of one of the following language competency test scores:
- TOEFL Exam with a score of 45 or above
- Pearson Test with a score of 42 or above
- iELTS with overall band score of 5 or above
- TOEIC Exam with a score of 500 or above
English Immersion Course Descriptions
The Summer of Art English Language Immersion Program combines academic work with a rich fun environment. The program is designed to expand language skills and knowledge of art and design.
Drawing and Composition (3 days/week)
An immersion course for ESL learners, focused on developing skills in the elements of drawing and composition. In this course students are immersed in both an English language and art-making experience. Through demonstration, class exercises, and critiques, students explore terminology and concepts of contour line, cross contour, modeling, uses of marks to show form and space, perspective, scale and measurement, and positive/negative space.
Art, Design, and Culture (2 days/week)
Enhance your basic skills – speaking, listening, reading, writing, and vocabulary building - in this unique English language program designed to take your communication skills to the next level through art and design content. Develop confidence in your ability to express your ideas through group projects and presentations on the visual arts and multicultural issues, with an emphasis on understanding American culture.