The Summer Language Academy by Middlebury Interactive Languages, is an immersive, four-week overnight summer language program in the U.S. and abroad, for rising 8th-12th graders who are passionate about language learning. Available languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.
Summer 2018 Dates
U.S. Immersion Academies: Sunday, June 24 - Friday, July 20, 2018.
Bejing, China: Sunday, July 1 - Friday, July 27, 2018.
Nantes, France: Sunday July 1 - Friday, July 27, 2018.
Salamanca, Spain: Sunday July 1 - Friday, July 27, 2018.
Granada, Spain: Sunday, June 24 - Friday, July 20, 2018.
The life benefits of language proficiency are extensive. After four weeks at the Summer Language Academy, an immersive language overnight summer program in the U.S. and abroad, teens will have the confidence and capability to cross cultural boundaries and understand new world views.
At the Language Academy, middle and high school students live immersed in language and culture, surrounded by likeminded peers and supportive mentors. Students take the Language Pledge®, a formal commitment to speak solely in the target language.
We’re not going to lie to you – language immersion is challenging – but it’s also worth it. In four weeks, you will make unrivalled strides in your language skills and come away with increased confidence, independence and experience to set you apart in the college admissions process.
Next summer, set yourself apart. Learn Spanish, French, Chinese, German, or Arabic in a college environment. So much more than just a summer camp, the Academy is a unique residential language experience based on Middlebury College's famed Language Schools with more than 100 years of immersion language teaching.
Summer 2018 Locations in the US:
Green Mountain College: Poultney, Vermont
Study French or Spanish
Set among the lakes and mountains of central Vermont, Green Mountain College is the longest running of the Academy’s sites. With bucolic athletic fields and a collection of classic New England college facilities, the Green Mountain 155-acre campus is the perfect place for students to build upon their in-class lessons, all while enjoying a safe, fun, and engaging summer in Vermont. Whether you want to learn French or Spanish, it’s the ideal spot to immerse yourself in language.
St. Michael’s College: Colchester, Vermont
Study German, Chinese, or Arabic
St. Michael’s is located just off the shores of Lake Champlain and is surrounded by the peaks of the Adirondacks. The campus features a beautiful campus green, a new student center, and 440 sprawling acres. St. Michael’s is easily accessible and located two miles from the Burlington International Airport, two hours from Montreal, and just minutes to downtown Burlington. Travel & Leisure named Burlington as the top college town in America in 2016.
The History of the Academy
Middlebury Interactive Languages was formed in 2010 as a join venture between K12 Inc. and Middlebury College, a recognized international leader in language pedagogy. The College participated in the design and review of all Middlebury branded courses and in the governance of the company through 2016 when it sold its ownership interest to K12 Inc. Today, K12 Inc. and its affiliates continue to provide the Middlebury courses under strict guidelines provided by Middlebury College in a license agreement.
The summer language Academy attracts students in grades 8-12 from all over the world – it’s a place where students become “one” with culture and language using the incomparable Middlebury immersion learning pedagogy, based on Middlebury College’s famed Language Schools, which for 100 years have enabled business leaders, diplomats and educators to master world languages and make deep connections with global cultures.
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The two summers I have attended MMLA have so far been the most memorable. I chose to attend mainly because I wanted to improve my Spanish; learn more grammar, vocabulary and about the culture. As I applied the first year, I was worried at first. I was only going to be an incoming eighth grader, and it was a given I would be one of the youngest. However, my qualms about this were soon pushed away almost instantaneously the moment I stepped foot onto the Pomona Campus. The first day, I received my passport, backpack, and dorm room, and met several new people. Within the first week, I had made my best friend, and till this day we still keep in close touch. As the program progressed, I found my self-able to speak more fluidly and rapidly. I made incredible strides in my language proficiency that helped me the following year and made wonderful new friends, and these two factors were some of the main reasons I returned for the next summer. The second year I returned, I knew how the program would go, and even found out that a friend from last year returned! One thing I remember very clearly was being able to dream in Spanish, it was like being in another world, and that was awesome. I also loved spending free time with my friends. It gave us a taste of what college would be like, and we were all so excited. I learned the value of friendship. I made several closer friendships here than at home, and my friends and I had the most fun any of us had in ages. I could trust them all and most importantly be myself. I love how all students were there for the sole purpose in learning Spanish. It created a healthy and supportive environment that allowed us to easily follow the Language Pledge. The LANGUAGE PLEDGE! The Language Pledge is essentially why you are going; to seriously study your language as if you were in that country. Do not break this pledge. This second year at MMLA significantly helped me in this year’s school year. My professor taught us grammar, new vocabulary and about culture. Even though MMLA is technically a school, all is taught through fun activities, such as learning a new song, cooking tamales, or watching Telenovelas. These were the best summers of my life, and being on the Language Pledge and being fully immersed into your language allows you to take great strides. If we got to speak English half the time, MMLA wouldn’t have half the impact it does. Otherwise, why else would so many students attend MMLA every year and keep returning?
The Middlebury programs helped me to improve my Spanish, and I became more confident speaking the language. I also had a lot of fun! You will meet friends that you will keep in touch with for many years after. I will always look upon the Middlebury programs fondly.
If you want to learn a new language, MMLA is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Whether you want to do well on an AP or survive an exchange program or even simply speak something other than your native language, an immersion environment is the best way to learn. I attended MMLA the summer of 2014 for German. I, like many others, wanted to speak German, and despite many classes, couldn't communicate in reality. MMLA isn't grammar and lessons. At MMLA learning isn't something that must be done, it is a part of every day. You learn the phrases and words you need, not just the ones a textbook gives. Classes are engaging and realistic. We discussed everything from finding housing in Hamburg to the culture of Berlin. My language skills improved immensely, along with my confidence. I'm no longer afraid to speak. I truly recommend MMLA to everyone.
For any language student interested in becoming more proficient in their studies should consider attending Middlebury- Monterey language academy. When my dad told me that he wanted me to attend a 4 week Chinese immersion camp I though he was joking! I have only been studying Chinese for about 2 years and I truly thought that I couldn't do 4 weeks of only Chinese. When I first arrive I immediately regretted my decision, they truly meant full immersion. I felt overwhelmed, but I soon realized everyone was feeling the same way and that I could do the “only Chinese” thing. I realized that being able to speak a little Chinese wasn't weird here! Everyone accepted each other’s ability and we all helped each other. I learned just as much from my classmates as I did my teacher. When people ask me what was the most valuable part of my experience, I always say how comfortable my Chinese became. By the end of camp, my English and Chinese had an identical comfort level. Now when people say to me “Wow say something in Chinese!” I’m not embarrassed. MMLA gave me the confidence that I have been lacking, not only in Chinese but in other aspects of my life. I truly grew as an individual and I will always be grateful for that confidence boost.
I've been to MMLA twice, both times for Mandarin Chinese. I attended the program for the first time between eighth and ninth grade at Green Mountain College, and then again between ninth and tenth grade at Swarthmore College. Both experiences have been great- I've accelerated my language learning beyond what I could've imagined and made great friendships in one of the most unique summer programs out there. Having spent 8 weeks learning Chinese in an immersion environment my confidence in speaking Mandarin has soared. I now look for opportunities to use my language skills in real-lifes situations instead of shying away from them. While language acceleration is what attracted me to the program, I returned this summer (and plan to return again next summer) because of the amazing friendships I've made and the fun I have at MMLA. Unlike learning languages in highschool or with a tutor, most of the learning at MMLA occurs outside the classroom. Daily skits by RAs and students, afternoon activities and weekend events are what make learning at MMLA engaging and memorable. My favourite event is always the Olympics, a weekend-long event where the academies compete (in language) through swimming, potato sack racing, tug-of-war, and other activities. MMLA is for people at all levels of language learning, so there's no reason to try to wait until your language proficiency is higher before you attend. During my first summer at MMLA my roommate was a complete beginner of Mandarin, she knew only how to say "hello", "thank you", and "apple" (which later became her nickname). Though the first week was definitely much more challenging for her than for others, there were many other complete beginners in the same position. Our RAs and teachers were especially supportive of the beginners too, and we were all amazed by the progress they made every day. If you have any interest in learning a foreign language offered by MMLA or extending your previous learning, I highly reccomend this program. It's an experience that will definitely change your perspective on language learning for the better.