California Dreaming: Developing English Fluency for International Students

California Dreaming: Developing English Fluency for International Students is a continuing, high school-level language and literacy course that assumes at least one year of high school American English. The hybrid nature of the course allows for in-class learning and field-trip experiences to landmarks, museums, universities, and companies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Students will use information collected from field trips as the primary texts of study in class. Students will be evaluated regularly based on the speaking and writing assessment protocols of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).



This course will help students to develop an ability to communicate using listening, spoken, and written English. By the end of the summer session, students will be able to do the following:

  • to continue their study of the sounds and structures of American English;
  • to speak English well enough to provide for academic and social day-to-day needs in diverse English-speaking environments in the San Francisco Bay Area;
  • to converse informally and formally on familiar and academic topics;
  • to understand, discuss, and create English-language texts of different genres and for different purposes;
  • to express thoughts clearly in essentially correct American English prose;
  • to appreciate the parallels and divergences among linguistically different cultures in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In addition, students enrolled in the International Summer Session will have an opportunity to take one or more of the following courses and earn college credit(s):

  • Principles of Accounting
  • General Physics 1
  • Calculus 1
  • Economic Principles and Problems

Dr. William Heidenfeldt
Director of International Student Curriculum
(510) 234-4433 ext. 1924

Ms. Christina Karabinis
Director of Admissions
(510) 234-4433 ext. 1416