“In signing this Language Pledge, I agree to use [Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Arabic] as my only language of communication while attending The Academy.”
The Middlebury-Monterey Language Pledge requires students and faculty to communicate in their target language at all times during the summer of study. This is called “staying in language”. It makes for a comfortable environment for everyone where you have fun and also learn from making mistakes along the path to fluency.
Combined with the curriculum and cultural activities, The Language Pledge drives The Academy immersion setting formalizes our dedication to effective language practice for absolute beginners to advanced learners.
The Language Pledge comes from a long history of tried and true immersion education. It has motivated students at Middlebury College’s Language Schools since the program began nearly a century ago.
In the summer of 1915, Middlebury College’s program originated with forty-one advanced students studying German. Schools of French, Spanish, and Italian soon followed. These first language schools stressed the Pledge as an essential strategy in Middlebury’s vision of language learning; the Pledge was a promise that would challenge even advanced speakers.
With the support of native speakers and expert educators, Middlebury soon accepted novices to the summer session. Today, students of all levels enter the Language Schools and make significant progress in their fluency. Current Middlebury language programs continue to emphasize adherence to the Pledge and call upon an international network of language experts to deliver powerful immersion experiences.
In 2008, Middlebury College made its summer learning experience available to pre-college students, and the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy was founded. The Academy modifies the Pledge for beginner students.
It works. It’s fun. And we’re ready and waiting for you.
Jump start your summer with Middlebury! For a limited time only…Begin an Academy application and pay the program deposit before April 1st, and we’ll give you a $300 discount off your tuition balance. Enter Discount Code “APR12” when prompted on your application.