From its inception, INTERLINK’s goals have been broader and deeper than those of typical English language programs. Fostering critical thinking, personal growth, academic readiness, and cultural awareness has been as important to INTERLINK as improving students’ linguistic skills. The curriculum views learning not as the accumulation of data but as a dynamic process of learning and personal growth.
With established guidelines and procedures, the INTERLINK curriculum encourages instructors to be sensitive in assessing and creative in responding to learners’ needs. While focusing on language training, it fosters independent language learning and the acquisition of critical reasoning and other skills essential for academic, personal, professional or technical achievements. Utilizing a variety of approaches and methodologies, it is
continuously evolving to reflect research findings on second language acquisition and incorporate technological innovations.
INTERLINK teachers are selected for their knowledge and competence in the field of ESL, their extensive cross-cultural experience, and their unqualified commitment to their students. The quality and integrity of the program rely on the creativity and devotion of skillful practitioners rather than on a set of recipes or prescriptions contained in a curriculum document. The curriculum is a guide intended to provide needed structure and consistency and is formulated to allow teachers maximum freedom and control of their classes. Teachers are encouraged to use a variety of methods and approaches to mold their classes in accordance with their personal pedagogical outlooks, the needs of the particular individuals in the class, and the fundamental principles and goals of INTERLINK.