Intercollegiate Mastery Program And Cultural Training (IMPACT)
The IMPACT program is designed to give University students from the Pacific Rim the opportunity to increase their English language skills and broaden their knowledge of American culture though classes and practical experiences.
The main goal of this program is to get students to actively participate in American life by giving them unique opportunities that otherwise would not be available to them. The program also opens doors for students to make meaningful relationships with Americans during their time here, with the intent that they will see many perspectives of American Culture and return home with a more significant experience.
IMPACT consists of three main components:
Major Specific Classes taught by MU Professors
IMPACT participants will take a six week class focusing on their major field of study. These credit-bearing courses allow the students to experience American classroom culture while improving their English skills and major specific vocabulary. Courses are taught by University of Missouri Faculty specializing in topics requested by the home university. The goal of these classes is to provide the students with an authentic American experience ensuring not only personal growth, but intellectual growth as well.
Intensive English Classes
The objective of the AAC professional Communication Program is to provide students with a variety of real-life speaking situations. The classes are designed to be interactive, challenging and fun. These classes are also designed to give students a communication experience that differs from what they are used to in their own country. The activities are focused on increasing speaking confidence and professional communication skills. Curriculum focuses on professional presentations, group discussions, interview projects and written assignments. The classes are designed to create a safe environment for language learning and to build group cohesiveness and leadership skills.
American Cultural Experiences
Experiencing American Culture first hand is an important aspect of the IMPACT Program. These experiences can be as simple as checking out the stars at the campus observatory with friends or as exciting as visiting Kansas City for the day. Most trips are planned by the coordinator and done as a group, but there are other events available to those who want to make the most out of their experience. Examples of trips include, but are not limited to, a wide variety of activities: visiting the Gateway Arch, the St. Louis Zoo, the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, a dairy farm tour, attending a University basketball game and ice skating at the Crown Center.
American ambassadors are what truly bring the program together, making it a valuable experience. These American college students come from a variety of backgrounds and are integrated into the program in a variety of ways. From attending scheduled field trips and participating in occasional classes to spending time with program participants in unofficial capacities like playing basketball at the Recreation Center, having meaningful relationships with American friends is the heart of the program.