FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Why learn English through LIT?
Our English Language Immersion Tours (L.I.T.) provide intense instruction and conversation with highly educated and specifically trained instructors all while experiencing some of the greatest attractions of America! It is important to be able to communicate in English. We want you to have a structured English program while learning more about and seeing some of the greatest attraction in the United States.
How will I benefit from LIT?
The L.I.T. English course is unique in its ability to specifically address the particular areas and topics in which you want to become fluent. Our instructors customize your English program based on your language level, business, or personal needs, and your individual interests. It is important to us that you feel comfortable, not intimidated, and free to express yourself in a supportive and fun learning environment. The most effective and fastest way of learning the English language is by full immersion! Any person who wants to substantially increase their level of English fluency will benefit from the Institute’s program.
Am I qualified for the program?
We expect that you will have a basic knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary acquired from formal classroom study, or independently. This program is to help you gain the confidence in your speaking skills. You do not need to speak or understand the language as well as you read or write the language.
If you are a student, professional, executive or adult who wants to learn more, you can join us for one of the exciting LIT tours. You will be grouped with others who desire to learn English.
Why is it called Language Immersion?
We want you to learn as much as we can. The most effective way to do this is to be completely immersed in the English language by participating in Activites, curriculum study, conversations, games, and observation – all in English. The lessons will be presented in English. Conversations will be in English.
Why is the Total Immersion method the best way to learn a language?
Adult learning is different. Immersion training is best. With total immersion in the language, you will learn quicker and more efficiently. The general consensus among language teachers is that, for adults, a good one week immersion program can increase your language skills more than a one year daily school program. You will gain the ability to understand and respond naturally and quickly. This can only happen through immersion. With the exciting activities we believe you will have a greater desire to learn more.
What will the weather be?
We will be traveling through the summer months. It should be fairly warm. Due to the different locales the elevation will change quite a bit – 7,333 feet at Yellowstone to sea level in California. The weather will change throughout the two weeks. Expect pleasant but a contrast in temperature.
How much can I expect to learn?
The two weeks will help you learn as much as 1 year classroom work through the immersion. By attending the activities and locations you will definitely gain the motivation to learn more. With the groups being fairly small, you will have the opportunity to have more personal instruction, helping to learn more.
How do I pay for the program?
Please see the tour prices pages. We accept checks drawn on major U.S. banks, wire transfers, credit cards or through Google Checkout.
What is included in the fee?
What if I come with a group, will it change the cost of the tour?
Will there be additional costs for the activities?
Will there be time to set up additional activities outside the curriculum?
Do I need to rent a car to travel from the airport, or to travel in the area?
What type of clothing is appropriate while participating in LIT?
We will be participating in numerous activities from hiking to riding a horse to riding in a bus. Your clothing should mainly be casual and appropriate for the season and expected weather. Bring clothing that can be worn in “layers” so that as the weather changes, as it does through every day, you will be comfortable.
What do I need to bring?
Please make sure to bring your English translation dictionary, prescription medications, extra spending money, a couple pair of good walking shoes and a camera.
What course materials are included?
You will be provided with copies of everything appropriate for your particular instructional course.
How do I obtain a visa to visit the United States?
The U.S. requires a visa for most people coming to the U.S. We can provide you with some limited help in the application process.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO APPLY FOR YOUR VISA AS SOON AS YOU ARE ACCEPTED INTO OUR PROGRAM. WAIT TIMES TO OBTAIN ONE VARY GREATLY FROM A FEW DAYS TO A SEVERAL WEEKS. Generally a visa is valid for one full year, BUT please confirm your individual status to be certain. Some applicants must pay a fee, but many countries do not. The websites below also contain the estimated times each embassy or consulate typically will take to process a visitors visa (‘Wait Times’).
Visitors from many countries do not need a visa.
HOWEVER, even if your country is listed in the Visa Waiver Program please be sure you see the general information about this Program because some restrictions apply to everyone.
Student visas are directed at long-term study programs with less than 18 hours per week of instruction, and so are not appropriate for most applicants to the Institute. Because of this, we are not listed as an educational institution that can provide you with automatically accepted documentation and expedited visa processing times.
You will probably need to travel on a B-1 (Business) or B-2 (Tourism, Medical needs and Pleasure) or a combination of these types of visas. These visas generally cover tourism and short term business trips or training programs such as is offered by the Institute.
Find a U.S. embassy or consulate in your country and local area for more details. All U.S. embassies and consulates are listed in this link, and are viewed in all foreign languages. Contact information is available here, and you should contact or call your local embassy or consulate as soon as you can to begin the visa process.
For more detailed information about the visa process, the U.S. Dept. of State has a very large site, with detailed information about every type of visa available.
For more information please contact us (here)