ESL Summer 2018

English Language, Innovation, Outdoor Skills, Creativity, Leadership, Teamwork.

Session I: June 30 - July 15, 2018

Session II: July 28 - August 12, 2018

Open to students ages 13-16

Join us for a life-changing summer in Duluth, Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior. For two weeks, you will practice your English while enjoying new experiences. Create your own podcast, canoe down rivers, and visit the state capital. Those are only the beginning.

You will stay in Marshall's brand-new dormitory, Marshall House. Marshall House features a large kitchen, outdoor courtyard, recreation room, and study lounge, the Global Learning Center. Most of the rooms are single rooms. We can't wait to welcome you to Duluth!

Throughout the program, students will receive ongoing small group and individual coaching.

Join us for fresh air, new friends, and fun adventures this summer!

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Camp Overview and Daily Schedule

Camp Overview

Day 1 - Arrival, hotel overnight in Twin Cities

Day 2 - Valleyfair, bus departs for Duluth at 6 pm

Day 3-7 - Academic and outdoor programming

Day 8-9 - North Shore and Brule River day trips

Day 10-12 - Academic and outdoor programming

Day 13-15 - Shopping and sightseeing, departure

Daily Schedule

8:00-8:30 - Breakfast

8:30-10:00 - English Language Instruction

10:00-10:30 - Snack break

10:30-12:00 - Innovation/Creativity workshop (incorporating English language learning)

12:00-1:00 - Lunch, free time

1:00-4:00 - Outdoor session to include hiking, biking, water sports, swimming, etc., alternating with media arts focus - photography, videography, imovie, photo editing

4:00-5:30 - Rest/open gym/social time

5:30-6:15 - Dinner and clean up

7:00-9:00 - Evening activity/social time

10:00 - Curfew

Program Outcomes

English/Innovation Outcomes

  • Build language skills
  • Build critical thinking skills
  • Build discussion skills
  • Develop and support a thesis
  • Develop interview-based research skills
  • Develop computer skills
  • Apply the elements of innovation

Outdoor Leadership Outcomes

  • Build self-confidence and self-knowledge
  • Build positive attitude and resilience
  • Develop teamwork skills
  • Develop an appreciation for nature and the outdoors

Creative Programming Outcomes

  • Learn how to present ideas, beliefs, and observations in new ways
  • Develop a personal creative identity and self-awareness
  • Practice presentation skills
  • Reinforce concepts of innovation, creativity, and communication

Program Faculty and Staff

English Language and Innovation Faculty

Karen Stiles

With over twenty-five years experience, Karen Stiles facilitates an educational experiences that builds target skills in literary analysis, verbal communication and writing, and challenges students to analyze, evaluate, and innovate. Karen's mission is to execute an education that challenges students to think critically, create, and connect to the world intelligently with compassion and respect.

Karen lives in Duluth with her husband and sons. When she is not teaching, she enjoys international travel, and recreating in the bountiful nature surrounding Duluth.

Paul Schonfeld

Paul Schonfeld is a science and engineering teacher at Marshall School and coaches the school's FRC Robotics Team, the TopperBots (Team 4230). He teaches Physics, Computer Science, and Engineering Design.

When he is not innovating and teaching, he enjoys mountain biking, XC skiing, and surfing in and around Duluth.

Outdoor Education and Leadership

Scott Kylander-Johnson

Scott Kylander-Johnson is a Marshall School graduate (90') and he's taught English and social studies in the Middle School for twenty years. His family enjoys the outdoors and spends much of the summer mountain biking, hiking and exploring the St. Louis River by canoe.

Scott and his partner Sara compete in a number of mountain bike competitions each summer, with daughter Kiera in tow, and volunteer maintaining portions of the Duluth Traverse, a 100 + mile multi-use trail that crisscrosses Duluth. In his spare time, Scott reads as much as possible.

Matt Whittaker

Visual and Media Arts

Lucas Anderson

Growing up in the Heartland of the USA gave Lucas an appreciation for hard work, the land, calm and quiet times. These reflections along with an intense desire to create innovate and invent lead him to Visual Art and Expression. Lucas attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth where he received a BFA focus on Contemporary Art and K-12 Teaching License. 11 years later and 7 years at Marshall as the US Visual Art Educator, he has been pushing his artistic boundaries personally and embedding this focus into his teaching. Currently, Lucas is focusing his energy on Ceramics, studying the history of Clay and Ceramics throughout the world. He enjoys pushing boundaries in the art room and having students engineer new expressions in a wide variety of media, both digital and hand made. Lucas believes that creativity is key in today's job market.

Residential Life

Marshall House is a brand-new, 30-bed residence for international students. Most rooms (26) are single rooms. The residence features a private dining hall, where students are free to cook for fun. The residence also features the Global Learning Center, a library and study are for students, a large recreation room and outdoor courtyard, weekly field trips and activities, catered food service, a dedicated staff of four, all who live on campus, an in-dorm advisory program, quiet study hours, and daily mentoring. For more about the daily activities in Marshall House, visit us on Facebook @marshallhouseduluth!


Tuition for the 15 day camp is $2100. This includes all instruction, room and board, activities, transportation, and medical insurance.

Payment should be made by bank transfer or credit card. Credit card payments will be charged an additional 3% processing fee.


International Programs Staff

Christa Knudsen

Director of International Programs
skype: christa_knudsen
phone: (218) 727-7266 ext. 220
fax: (218) 727-1569

Bettina Keppers
Residential Program Director

Our International Partners