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Middlebury Monterey Language Academy

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Type: Overnight/Residential


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Dramatically improve your language learning this summer in the U.S. or Abroad with the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy summer camps. Teens entering 8th-12th grades are fully immersed in their chosen language and see improved learning in just four weeks. Read More!

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Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy offers language learning summer camps for teens in grades 8-12. Students take part in small classes, creative projects, sports and live performances—all in the language of their choice. The age-appropriate curriculum of the 4-week Residential Academy is based on Middlebury’s longstanding tradition of immersion education. Students take a Language Pledge and live, eat and breathe language and culture for four weeks. Languages offered are Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Spanish. The Academies run from June 22 - July 17, 2014. Students gain an authentic college experience at one of our five campuses—Swarthmore College in PA, Pomona College in CA, Green Mountain College in VT, Beijing, China, and our new academy in Comillas, Spain. The Academy accelerates student’s language learning in just four weeks!

Q & A with MMLA

Q:  What makes your camp or program unique?

A:  Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy offers a transformative experience for students in 8th-12th grade who are dedicated to accelerating their proficiency in a second language. In four weeks of immersive study, students make significant progress in their target language, while gaining confidence and independence.

Q:  Describe a typical day in your camp or program.

A:  Each day has a set schedule. Yet no day is the same. For four weeks, all programming, events, activities, field trips, meetings and meals will be in the language you’ve chosen to learn. From morning assembly until lights out, you’ll be wrapped in that language with a group of new friends. The curriculum is organized by themes that help you navigate life in this new environment. And it remains consistent for your entire month in the camp.

During the week students spend about three hours a day in language classes. Students stay with their language level group and follow a course of study specially designed in order to thrive in a full-immersion environment.

Elective classes are 1½ - 2 hours long on most days. The elective classes revolve around subjects and activities such as: Cooking, Film Making, Dancing, Theatre/Acting, etc.

Q:  What type of teenager participates in your camp or program?

A:  Our Language academy attracts students that want to excel in learning a language. They thrive in using and having experiences with language and culture. Our students are grades 8-12 wanting a pre-college experience. Our Beijing and Comillas Academies are for rising 10th graders with a least one year of foreign language learning.

Q:  Where do your participants come from?

A:  Our students are predominantly from the United States but also join us from non US locations.

Q:  What is the housing like and what can you tell us about the meals?

A:  Students live in college residence halls and may be placed in a single, double, or triple room, as determined by the student body. Roommates are selected by age, gender and language.

Most meals are provided at the college dining hall, where students eat with their peers and faculty in their language. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated. Students/parents may indicate any special requirements on the Application and/or by contacting our administrative office as early as possible.

Programs also feature barbecues, picnics, and informal snacks. If students are away on a field trip during mealtime, their meals will be provided at an alternative site.

Q:  Please describe what teens have to say about your program.

A:  “It’s really the most powerful tool for learning a language.” Teacher at MMLA

A:  “I am prepared to live and Study in France.” French Academy student

A:  “You begin to think in the language.” Chinese Academy student

A:  “It’s impossible to do this program without improving” Spanish Academy student

A:  “I want him to be a global citizen” MMLA Parent.

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