The latest session of Echo International’s language immersion program kicked off on Tuesday, May 29.
Business professionals from Germany, Saudi Arabia and Italy are visiting Pittsburgh to participate in the program. In some cases, their families are attending as well.
The VIP (Very Intensive Program) language immersion training blends classroom-based learning and off-site, hands-on excursions that complement the curriculum and each student’s objectives. Activities may include visiting a bank or post office, going to a restaurant/café, doing a walking tour of Pittsburgh, going grocery or clothes shopping, attending a college or university lecture or seminar, visiting museums, or going to a sporting event. Students will also practice common activities such as following assembly instructions. In addition, students attend daily lunches with the instructor and other native speakers, and may also attend evening events if desired.
The purpose of these excursions and activities is to put the language learned in the classroom to use in real-life situations. Students will be given the opportunity to develop key areas of their written, spoken, and comprehension abilities through a combination of materials and advanced methodology. This training aims to provide students with the necessary skills to effectively communicate and perform in their personal and professional functions.