About the Academy

Live on a beautiful college campus or abroad for four weeks this summer, immersed in language and culture.

The Academy aims to create lifelong language learners through encouraging the development of exceptional world language skills early in life. To this end, the Academy offers a rigorous four-week language immersion experience for 8th-12th grade students who are passionate about language proficiency and cultural understanding. Speaking in their target language 24/7, while engaging in meaningful cultural exploration projects, students make unrivalled strides in language acquisition in four weeks.

The Academy works with schools, foundations and international organizations to create opportunities for young learners to attend our Academy, become linguistically proficient and culturally versed, and realize their potential in their college years, professional life and beyond.

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Our History

The Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy began at Middlebury College and was originally established in affiliation with the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The Academy is now part of Middlebury Interactive Languages, the leader in digital world language courses for K-12 students. 

The summer language Academy attracts students in grades 8-12 from all over the country and internationally – 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. 

These holistically oriented programs have been pioneered by the Middlebury family of professionals for nearly a century. The Academy is recognized as the “standard” upon which others measure their students’ results and their own teaching principles.

The philosophy is rooted in the idea that cultural and linguistic acquisition are strongly reinforced by an individual’s participation in cross-curricular activities ranging from sports and the arts to cooking and discussion groups – all conducted in the target language.

Students take The Language Pledge® which is a formal promise to communicate exclusively in the language of study, creating a total language-immersion environment. Activities at The Academy provide a rich framework for meaningful communication to help students realize academic and professional goals.

The “No English Spoken Here” agreement helps to create a unique, immersive environment designed to support independent exploration, maximize language acquisition and foster the cultural understanding needed to thrive in the classroom and more importantly, in the international world we all live in today.

Student Outcomes

This past summer, 91% of beginning students gained a full language level on the American Council of Teaching of Foreign Language’s proficiency scale. Over the years, we have seen up to 88% of all students across language levels gain at least one full level and roughly 45% of students gain two or more levels.

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