English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

ESOL Program Excursions: Communication, Community, Education

Educational excursions are an important part of the Intensive English Language Program at USM, providing students authentic opportunities to practice language skills and become engaged community participants.

Locations and activities are carefully selected and integrated into fluency classes, with additional social activities planned to ensure student involvement opportunities continue throughout the semester.


Bowling 2015

Our fall and spring program students enjoyed a favorite American pasttime with program instructors, family and friends at Easy Day Bowling in nearby South Portland, Maine.                    

2015 Summer Schooner

A program favorite last summer was the afternoon tour of Casco Bay aboard on the Portland Schooner Company's beautiful schooners- and some sailing vocabulary that was new for everyone!


GOlf Cart Tour Peaks Island

Our summer listening and speaking course traveled to Peak's Island aboard the Casco Bay Lines ferry for a guided tour of the island neighborhoods. Students learned about the history and culture of the island..along with a few ghost stories!



Portland Walking Tour

The informative Portland Walking tour (led by Beaten Path Tours) taught students about Portland history, architecture and some little-known locations like the pictured Longfellow Gardens.



Pineland Farms Snowshoe

Spring semester students enjoyed snowshoeing at Pineland Farms in the local countyside- many for the first time ever! Everyone enoyed lunchtime conversation in the organic market and deli at the farms.




Limerick Apple Orchards

Our fall students participated in a New England tradition on our apple picking excursion to beautiful Libby & Sons orchards in Limerick, Maine.

Students, program staff, and instructors toured the historic orchard, picked several varieties of apples, and enjoyed fresh doughnuts and cider as part of their visit!

Scarborough Marsh Canoeing

Summer students and instructors also enjoyed a guided canoe tour through the local nature reserve of Scarborough Marsh. They learned about the unique ecology of this special area while paddling through the quiet waters.


Each fall and spring, students and instructors attend a local theater performance. Recently, we were fortunate to meet one of the principal actors from the play "Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods."

Lost Boy Found in Whole FoodsIt was a special day to remember!


Other excursions have included shopping trips, public building tours, and the local farmer's market!