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American Literature and Theater Program

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Program Overview

$5,550.00
Age: Rising 9th graders and older
July 9 - 30, 2017

The American Literature and Theater Program is a three-week immersion course designed to help foreign students who are fluent in English become more articulate and confident in the discussion-based classrooms — a prominent feature of American education.

During our summer program, students deepen their understanding of American literature, history, and culture, as they gain confidence speaking and using English. Our classes are limited to 10 students or fewer to allow for more individual attention.

During the mornings, students analyze iconic works of great American novelists and poets. Lively classroom discussions are enhanced with films, field trips (including one to New York City for a Broadway play), and guest speakers.

In the afternoons, students use Hotchkiss’s impressive theater facilities to practice public speaking and develop their own stage presence. With professional guidance, students focus on tone, inflection, accent, pace, physical presence, self-assurance, and audience awareness. After a number of rehearsals, students perform for an audience.

In addition to their work in the classroom and on the stage, students meet several times with Hotchkiss's Director of College Counseling Rick Hazelton to review the fundamentals of the American college admission process and the importance of standardized testing. He will also explain the essentials of writing a coherent personal essay, and creating an appropriate college list. Students spend a day with him, touring nearby college and universities, including Yale, Wesleyan, and Trinity College, as well as meeting with university admissions officers.

Throughout the summer, students make new friendships with peers and teachers from all over the world. Students gain poise, patience, intellectual self-reliance, and respect for global differences. They depart from Hotchkiss with a greater understanding of American culture and what it means to succeed in an advanced, diverse, and rigorous academic environment.


In Chinese

  1. 美国顶尖私立高中霍奇基斯中学将于2016年7月3日至24日开办“美国文学与戏剧”夏令营。

该夏令营专为英语听说读写水平流利或接近流利的中国学生设计,让学生为美国大学里讨论式教学为主的课堂做好充分准备。

夏令营课堂规模控制在10人以内,所有学生将有机会加深他们对于美国文学、历史和文化的了解,同时增强英语听说读写的信心与能力。

除此之外,夏令营的学生还将与霍奇基斯中学升学部主管沟通接触,了解美国大学的录取要求和流程,同时实地走访耶鲁等多所著名大学。

夏令营学生名额有限,开始申请请点击此处: Apply

“美国文学与戏剧” 夏令营的录取情况将滚动发布。

美国顶尖私立高中霍奇基斯中学“美国文学与戏剧”夏令营旨在帮助学生加深对美国文学的理解,同时增强他们在课堂中、舞台上以及校园所有地方使用英语听说读写的自信与能力。

美国顶尖私立高中霍奇基斯中学暑期夏令营热情欢迎你的参与!我们希望你已经为卓越的”美国文学与戏剧“项目—为期三周的沉浸式学习—做好的准备,准备迎接它将带来的挑战与收获。

无论是围绕着圆桌分析讨论美国文学的经典之作(海明威或薇拉-凯瑟等、撰写评论文章、吟诵英语诗歌或者发表演讲,你将全天沉浸在英语氛围之中。你上午的时间将在文学课堂中度过。课堂规模控制在10人以内,所以准备好开口用英语表达吧!与全班一起分享你的阅读感受,你的理解,以及你存在的疑问。尝试用原作中的引文来论证你的观点。在课本的空白处作好标记—这些标记将是大家课堂讨论的基础。我们也将使用大量的时间写作、评论、修订作业,从简单的个人陈述到高阶的评论文章。

下午你将到学校的剧院里练习在公共场合使用英语,通过台词的演练进一步理解戏剧,你的声音会在练习中应对声调、语调、口音、语速的挑战,同时你的身体将应对舞台位置、姿势和形体语言的挑战。

夏令营也极其看重与社群分享你的学习体验,所以准备好与大家交流吧!通过展示你的写作、朗诵、阅读、讨论,甚至出版,我们有很多的机会让所有人知道你所取得的收获。

其余的时间你将用在说英语上,学校的所有夏令营项目以英语作为唯一语言,从宿舍到食堂,从下午的活动到去周边的旅行,来自全世界的参与者将用英语交流沟通。我们希望当你回到自己生活的地方以后,能像美国的青少年一样轻松流利地说英语,而不是一句话中无数次出现“like”,完整的句子总是被“like”打断。霍奇基斯暑期项目部的每一个人都期待与你相见,与你分享我们对英语和文学的热爱。

Faculty

Susan Kinsolving, BA, MFA

American Literature and Theater Program Director
English Instructor

Susan Kinsolving is Poet-in-Residence at The Hotchkiss School. Her poems appear in numerous journals, newspapers, and anthologies. Her three books of poems are: Among Flowers, Dailies & Rushes, and The White Eyelash. A new collection, entitled My Glass Eye, is forthcoming.

Her books have been critically acclaimed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The Library Journal, Vanity Fair, Poetry, The Los Angeles Times, and American Poet, among others.

Ms. Kinsolving has taught in The Bennington Writing Seminars, The University of Connecticut, Chautauqua Institute, Southampton College, and California Institute of the Arts.

Among the places she has been invited to read and lecture are: Harvard University, The National Arts Club, The New York Public Library, Printemps du Livre of France, The Yeats Society, Dunvegan Castle Arts Festival of Scotland, The French Consulate of New York, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Riding Foundation of Florida, Yale University, Columbia University, and The Harman Center of Washington, D.C.

The Poetry Society of America presented its 2009 Lyric Award to her. She has enjoyed fellowship residencies in France, Illinois, Ireland, Italy, New York, Scotland, and Switzerland. She was a finalist for The National Book Critics Circle Award. She has received the Friends of Literature Prize in Chicago and a Bingham Teaching Fellowship in Massachusetts. Her poem “Dance Steps” was presented to Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands in a televised ceremony.

As a librettist, Ms. Kinsolving has works commissioned and performed by Glimmerglass Opera of New York, The Marin Symphony of California and The Baroque Choral Guild in Italy. Carl Fischer Music published her cantata and song cycle. In 2011-12, Oakland Symphony and Santa Rosa Symphony performed her recent piece, The Promise of Time, in collaboration with composer David Carlson.

Ms. Kinsolving received her B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts.

Parker Reed

Theater Instructor

Parker Reed earned a MFA in Staging Shakespeare and has directed and devised many productions in pubs, parks, and plenty of other spaces. With Steavie, he co-founded a Shakespearean acting company called What You Will and played Orsino in its inaugural production of Twelfth Night. Parker teaches Theatre and English courses at Hotchkiss and directs for the Hotchkiss Dramatic Association. His most recent productions were Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Molière’s The Learnèd Ladies, (which featured an epic umbrella swordfight), and Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. He has taught in the American Literature and Theatre program since Summer 2014.