Last year’s 10th grade students were given a unique opportunity to travel to the USA and attend s SAT-preparation course during their summer vacation. The students were able to do this at Bloomfield College in New Jersey; in addition, they experienced some highlights of New York City, and had breakfast with the Chairman of IC’s Board of Trustees, Bill Turner! Thirteen students participated and were chaperoned by Associate Director Hussein Said. Dalia Maktabi shared her experience:
“It was a memorable trip, to say the least. It was a chance for us to interact and spend time with people we had never even considered talking to in school, as well as get a good amount of learning done. The course began with a diagnostics test, but and our course instructors were so impressed with our spoken English skills that they had to adjust the pace and content of the course they had initially planned.
In our academic writing class, we improved basic essay writing skills and learned to avoid common errors. Our were improved considerably by the combination of phrases and vocabulary words, 162 in total, that we were taught in our communication class, where we had to put each word or phrase we learnt in multiple sentences. Due to the daily practice we were assigned, using them in our writing became much easier, and thus I’ve even begun including these terms in my school writing, which I realize make my work much richer. Our critical thinking was developed for both oral and written work. We also learned how to participate in debates, case studies and high level discussions.
In addition to improving our English language skills, we learned about different aspects of American society. We visited colleges, such as Columbia and Princeton, as well as touristic destinations in the Lost in New York program, including the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Wall Street, the Empire State Building, the UN headquarters, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) and the American Museum of Natural History. Our trip ended with a full day of fun and excitement at the Six Flags amusement park. Thank you, Mr. Said and I.C. for this wonderful opportunity!”