It's All Here from Language Classes to Outdoor Adventure:
Activities Offered at the Salem International Summer School
Mornings: Language Courses
Students must choose to study either English or German. Lessons take place from Monday to Friday for three hours each morning.
English is the common language at the International Summer School. To ensure that all participants are able to understand instructions and announcements, they must have had minimum of three years of English lessons at school. There is no minimum requirement for German.
Students studying German will be divided into three teaching groups. Beginners will cover basic language skills and a priority will be given to conversation.
Intermediate students will read and discuss newspaper articles, short stories, and play scenes. To improve their knowledge of grammar and expand their vocabulary, they will read challenging and engaging texts and discuss current topics covered in current newspapers.
In literature courses advanced students will be encouraged -- with the support of their teachers -- to compose essays and reports on different themes discovered in literary texts. All students also contribute to the course magazine which they take home at the end of the program. All our German teachers native speakers with many years of teaching experience in both German and German as a foreign language. Maximum size of any course group is 14 students.
Before starting their chosen language course all students sit a placement test. In conjunction with the handwritten essay sent in with the application form, this test will be used to assign students to the appropriate learning group.
Experienced teachers -- native English-speakers-- teach these courses. Each focuses on one aspect of the curriculum and teaches it to all groups. As appropriate to their current level, each student will work on extending his or her oral and written skills. These will include grammar, listening comprehension, literature, composition, introductory economics, and business English. Students will also help produce a course magazine which they take home at the end of the program. Maximum size of any course group is 14 students.
There's no chance of getting bored in the afternoon, either. Our experienced leaders and enthusiastic assistants ensure that, whatever the weather or chosen activity, all students will enjoy themselves and get the most from their experiences. Many of our previous summer school students have taken the opportunity to try out a new challenge, be it sporty or artistic.
Art & Design
Here students can discover and enjoy their artistic inclinations. The course leader is an experienced local artist and teacher. Both on campus and in her studio, she will introduce students to a variety of media, as well as printing T-Shirts and jewelry making.
For those with artistic interests we offer a Ceramics course. Here students will go through the entire process of designing, creating, decorating and firing their own unique clay sculptures which they can take home at the end of summer school.
Water Sports mixes fun and sports in a program which takes place, depending on the weather, mainly out on the lake. It includes a variety of activities including kayaking, water-skiing, and swimming. In case of inclement weather students will visit the Lake Constance Water Supply Facility in the nearby village of Sipplingen. During a guided tour by a local expert students will learn more about the element of water.
Tennis-players can train their skills and play on our excellent astroturf courts at Salem's Upper School campus. Our experienced coaches can help both beginners and advanced players to develop their game. The highlight of the week will be a final tournament!
This is for anyone who like to spend time outdoors without working up too much of a sweat! Our leaders will offer a leisurely program of swimming, walking and visiting some local cultural attractions.
This is the perfect program for students who are in excellent physical shape. Mountain biking, kayaking and orienteering are just a few of the activities offered in this rigorous and challenging outdoor program.
This introductory course in rock climbing, which takes place both in natural settings as well as in the climbing hall in nearby Radolfzell, is very popular. No experience is necessary, but students shoujld be physically fit and have no fear of heights! Those who pass the test for a "Top Rope" climbing license will be eligible to participate in the Rock Climbing Weekend Excursion.
At our school harbor on Lake Constance students will be able to improve their technical and practical sailing skills. It is essential that students are good swimmers and have some previous jollyboat sailing experience.