Something Special Membership FAQ

How many days and hours are the immerson programs?


Each vacay in the English Immersion Weekends program consists of 24 total hours or more of combined scheduled formal instruction and informal but structured language-practice activities over three full days. The exact program schedule is determined by your group's requirements or, in the case of open enrollment programs, the theme of the program. The most typical experience begins Friday morning (a Thursday arrival is recommended) and ends Monday morning, but this length and the specific days can vary according to your group's needs or at the discretion of Parlay Vacay. We can also arrange "daycays" which are single day, structured language practice excursions or activities added to any program.




How can I arrange a custom Parlay Vacay?


Forming a group can be easier than you think. If you know 6-8 adults who need to improve their English and would enjoy a long weekend getaway in Arizona together, you have a potential group for a Parlay Vacay English immersion. 1. Ask around to see who else would be interested; the people you ask may know others. Parlay Vacay features interactive activities in which lots of conversation can happen easily, so all participants will get plenty of practice.
2. Survey the group: what style of getaway would interest them? See the question regarding activies here in the FAQ for a list of ideas. We also welcome your ideas!




Where are the immersion programs?  Or can I choose a location?


We offer both open enrollment and custom immersion programs yearround. Open-enrollment programs in 2021 and beyond will be located in the southwestern USA in the state of Arizona. Arizona's various elevations provide a range of temperatures with low humidity year-round as well as a wide selection of landscapes. We usually choose locations in or convenient to Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff because the state's major airports are located in these areas. Custom programs for your private group may be located almost anywhere in Arizona or throughout the continental US.




How can I work privately with an instructor online?


We offer live online English tutoring and coaching packages (at a discount to our English immersion participants). Invite a friend to any or all sessions for FREE. Send us a message or fill our contact form to let us know what your needs are. At a time that is convenient for you, we will be happy to discuss your goals and how we can help you achieve them while enjoying the process with us.




What are the possible activities of the immersion weekends?


Parlay Vacay arranges activities which encourage lots of communication including but not limited to these: red rock adventures snowboarding and ski holidays vineyard or brewery tours southwest culinary tours horseback riding and ranch holidays golf holidays car show tours museum or gallery tours photography safaris native arts and crafts canvas painting classes iconic American summer vacation Route 66 history tours Wild West and western film tours iconic American Thanksgiving anytime




What do you offer for FREE?


Parlay Vacay: English Online Coaching Potential clients will receive a free consultation to determine their needs. Clients may invite one friend to any or all private sessions of any package for no extra charge. Layer Cake (Podcast) We host Layer Cake, a blog and podcast for reading, listening to, and understanding English better in context with free lesson materials for every episode. Lingo Parlor (Live) We host a virtual forum on Meetup.com to practice speaking English (in front audiences with and without preparation) and receive live feedback from our coaches. Double Talkers: 2 Become Bilingual We host social games for adults to strengthen bilingual communities. DT will return post-pandemic in a new and exciting online format. Stay tuned! Layer Upstream (English learning ASMR) New and coming soon are our original and unique, digital experiences to relax you while they help you internalize English spelling, grammar, capitalization, and puncuation.