ABOUT INTERLINK

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Mission Statement
INTERLINK helps students succeed in academic, professional and personal realms by providing intensive English, academic preparation and cross-cultural training. Guided by the values of quality and fairness, we promote a higher order thinking, enhanced ways of learning English, and caring and respectful attitudes, all of which contribute to individuals' academic success and personal betterment. more . . .

Program Goals
The INTERLINK language programs are designed to offer the following:

  • Intensive English language training for university-bound students as well as those who need to improve their English for personal and professional reasons in a student-centered, nurturing environment.
  • Cultural orientation to:
    • help students pass through the various stages of adjustment and emotional growth in their new environment;
    • encourage awareness, understanding, and acceptance of the values and customs of people from different cultures and countries;
    • promote mutual understanding and positive relationships on campus and in the community.
  • Academic preparation to assist students with skills and strategies necessary for success in an American university.
  • Opportunities for students to develop critical and analytical thinking skills and become independent learners.
  • Instruction in English for Business, English for Law, and English for Specific Purposes(ESP) as needed.
  • Integrated formal and experiential learning.
  • A student-centered curriculum emphasizing content-based learning
  • A holistic, pedagogically sound, approach to instruction in English for academic purposes in supportive nurturing environments.

Special Features

  • Academic Focus
    • English for Academic Purposes
    • English for Law (VU)
    • English for Business (VU)
  • Program Attributes
    • Academically qualified, serious students
    • Experienced, full-time faculty with MA or PhD degrees in ESL, Linguistics or related fields
    • Small classes (average: 8 students; maximum: 12)
    • Concurrent university courses for qualified students
    • Student-centered, communicative curriculum
    • Computer-based learning materials
    • TOEFL waiver for qualified students at selected universities
  • Services
    • Access to university facilities & activities as well as use of university computers and internet
    • Assistance with conditional admission for qualified students
    • Assistance with housing and host families
    • Academic advising and university placement assistance

Professional Standards
Committed to providing the highest quality in curriculum offerings and the best possible services, INTERLINK supports and complies with the standards for intensive English programs established by NAFSA: Association of International Educators; American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP); and the Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). All U.S. INTERLINK Language Centers are accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) www.cea-accredit.org, recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for U.S. English language programs and institutions.

History
INTERLINK Language Centers (ILC) was founded in 1979 in Princeton, New Jersey. Originally incorporated under the name of INTERLINK Associates (ILA), the organization provided academic placement of international students, and cross-cultural training and orientation for mid-level professionals moving for the first time to another culture. more . . .

Curriculum Statement
From its inception, INTERLINK’s goals have been broader and deeper than those of typical English language programs. Fostering cultural awareness, personal growth and academic readiness has been as important to INTERLINK as improving students’ linguistic skills. This curriculum views learning not as the accumulation of data but as a dynamic process of personal growth. more . . .

Cross-Cultural Statement
INTERLINK directors and teachers help students open wide the beckoning windows and doors of Possibility. English language acquisition is the lever. Cross-cultural learning is the view beyond. At INTERLINK, we invite and prepare the student to begin a life-long pilgrimage of learning. It must begin well. Linguistic competency and academic skills provide important preparation. But beyond these, INTERLINK's Mission Statement calls on us to help our students learn to "bridge those precious differences that give us roots and rudders in an ever shrinking and restless world." more . . .

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