This is not a run-of-the-mill English language program in a language school. This is a fun and interactive program tailored to your needs to improve your spoken English most efficiently. Under the tutelage of renowned Taiwanese polyglot Terry Hsieh and his fellow English language adviser, you will embark on a 24/7 English immersion trip to Phoenix, Arizona with like-minded people from all over the world. You will use English to explore every corner of English society and leave Japan with friends from all walks of life.
When we talk about going abroad to learn languages, the first thing that comes to mind for most of us is language school. However, based on my research and experiences from learning more than 20 languages in 60 countries, including some in language schools, I have come to the conclusion that language school is not the best setting for learning languages abroad. More than 2000 years before I was born, the disciple of Confucius, Mencius, had already known the secret I discovered. The following is an excerpt from the parable of “一傅眾咻”
Mencius said to Dai Bu Sheng,“Suppose that there is a great officer of Chu here, who wishes his son to learn the speech of Qi. Will he in that case employ a man of Qi as his tutor, or a man of Chu?’
‘He will employ a man of Qi to teach him,’ said Bu Sheng.
Mencius went on, ‘If but one man of Qi be teaching him, and there be a multitude of men of Chu continually shouting out about him, although his father beat him every day, wishing him to learn the speech of Qi, it will be impossible for him to do so.’
This is exactly what happens in a language school – only your teacher speaks authentic English. Your classmates probably speak a little or even none and you likely communicate in pidgin English with each other. This is not a good environment for learning English.
The common wisdom of, “The best way to learn a language is to go to that country,” is only a half-truth. Say if we go to the US but we don’t engage American people in English as much as we can, being in the US alone can’t really help us improve our English. However, how can we easily acquire an environment in which everyone talks to us in English in a meaningful and interesting way? Based on my research and experiences I have created a unique immersion program for language learners to improve their speaking ability within the shortest delay and engage in real social interaction with local people in a meaningful way. This “total immersion program” so far has been very successful with the students learning Japanese and English.
1) Use English intensively to gain the habit of speaking English, establish your confidence in spoken English.
2) Make contacts with English and like-minded internationals from all walks of life, get insights into different English societies and cultures.
3) Everyday One-on-one tutoring session tailored to your needs by Polyglot Terry Hsieh and English Advisers.
4) Use English to make English friends that you would otherwise never have the opportunity to meet.
Who can Enroll & Program Overview
We welcome people who would like to improve their spoken English in a short time regardless their current proficiency. Even total beginners are welcome.
Transportation is not included in the program. All participants will check into Phoenix Hostel on October 8th, 2018 and check out on October 20th..
Date：October 8th 2018 to October 20th, 2018 (Program starts on Oct 9th in the morning and ends around noon on the Oct 20th , equivalent of 100 hours of authentic immersion)
Time：Everyday from 09:00 to 21:00
Venue: Phoenix Hostel
1026 N. 9th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006
9:00-12:00 Tutoring sessions、today’s mission briefing、daily lecture
12:00-13:00 lunch with our lecturer
13:30-17:00 English Immersion Mission 1
18:00-19:00 Dinner & Break
19:00-21:00 English Immersion Mission 2
21:00- English Immersion Mission 3 (optional)
This is only a general outline. The Schedule is subject to change to accommodate the needs of activities or our lecturers. Please refer to Appendix I for past schedules and activities.
The Fee is 1600 US dollars, including accommodation in a 10-bed dormitory at Phoenix Hostel from October 8th (check in) to October 20th (check out), tuition, and activities. Food and Transportation are not included.
Estimated cost of living and transportation：
Phoenix Hostel offers free breakfast
Dinner & Lunch: A meal of local food costs 5 – 15 USD
Transportation：Single ride of bus or subway costs 2 USD
How to apply
A. Download the application form
B. Fill out the form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
C. Once we receive your documents we will schedule an online voice interview with you
D. Pay 500 USD non-refundable deposit to enroll officially, pay the rest at the beginning of the program
E. Buy flight tickets and insurance and prepare your trip to Phoenix
Total Immersion Extension
This total immersion program is not just a one-time boost to your English proficiency. During the program, we will also teach you how to effectively improve your English by yourself while being in Phoenix. If you want to continue the immersion experience after the main program, you can sign up for this extension option. The Fee is 400 USD. The Price includes accommodation in a 10-bed dormitory at Phoenix Hostel, activity planning and scheduling, general support from Terry and our English advisers.
Q & A
1. Who is Terry Hsieh? Who are our instructors?
Program Leader Terry Hsieh
M.A. in linguistics, University of Kansas
B.A. in Horticulture, B.S. in biology and minor in foreign literature and languages, National Taiwan University
Versed in Mandarin, English, Japanese and French…etc
Founder of polyglot.tw (多國語言習得活動網)
Author of autobiography “This Taiwanese guy speaks 25 languages 這位台灣郎會說25種語言”
TEDxTKU Speaker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mu3Bs3UI8Lg
Founder of polyglot cafe https://chinapost.nownews.com/20140811-56977
English Instructor Jonathan Schack
2. I am a total beginner/my English is poor can I join? Will there be communication problems?
Anyone, even those have never been exposed to English, is welcome to join us. We will teach you how to communicate with little English or no English. As long as you are willing to communicate, you will improve fast. In our Japanese Immersion program, we always have 1-2 total beginners or people without any previous knowledge of Japanese. They all managed to communicate with Japanese monolinguals and had a lot of fun in Japan.
3. Can I look for other accommodation options near Phoenix Hostel? Do I have to stay in Phoenix Hostel?
We strongly recommend you stay with us at Phoenix Hostel. Phoenix Hostel is not just a hostel. It is also a culture center and language exchange venue. Terry and Jonathan have been working with Phoenix Hostel for many years and we both know how to create a friendly environment to facilitate learners to pick up English fast. During our English immersion program, Phoenix Hostel will provide extra support and other perks to facilitate your stay and learning. For example. we will have each participant stay in a different room to maximize their chances to interact with English speaking travelers. It would be a great loss for you if you decide to stay somewhere else. If you need a single room, Phoenix has a few single rooms. Since single rooms are usually sold far in advance, if you intend to stay in a single room, please sign up early. Phoenix Hostel will charge additional fees for single rooms.
Appendix I — Schedule Example
English Language Total Immersion Program, April 2018
|Check in||Welcome dinner and grocery shopping|
|One on One 0900-1000
Meeting a local author
|Bio lab with college kids 1400-1600
Polyglot meeting 16:30-18:00
|Meeting American couch-surfers 1900-2200|
|Meeting international friends
One on one 1200-1300
|Meeting ASU college students 13:30-1430
Private zoo visit
Tea time with a homeschooling family
|Hking with Americans 1800-2100
Burlesque Show 2130~
|Free time||Community College Festival 1300-1400
Community College Tour 1400-1600
Costco Shopping Tour 1700-1800
|Dinner with Mexican Americans 1800-2100
Reading Exercise 2100~
|One on One 1100-1200||Barber’s slang lesson 1330-1430
Meeting international friends 1500-1600
|Understand American Country Culture at Village Inn
Play board games with Americans 1800-2200
|Grand Canyon Excursion Prep||Trip to the Grand Canyon with Americans||Trip to the Grand Canyon with Americans|
|Trip to the Grand Canyon with Americans||Trip to the Grand Canyon with Americans||Trip to the Grand Canyon with Americans|
Appendix II — Testimonials and Reviews