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MIDDLEBURY INTERACTIVE LANGUAGES PARTNERS WITH NATIONAL CATHEDRAL SCHOOL TO OFFER SUMMER DAY ACADEMY
NEW PROGRAM PROVIDES WORLD-CLASS LANGUAGE IMMERSION FOR DC-AREA MIDDLE, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
MIDDLEBURY, VT (February 27, 2012) — Middlebury Interactive Languages (MIL), the premier academic leader in world language instruction for K-12 students, announced today that it will hold one of its new Summer Day Academies at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. The two-week programs, offered in Chinese, French and Spanish, are open to all of the area’s middle and high school students with varying language proficiency levels.
The Middlebury Interactive Languages Summer Day Academy at National Cathedral School offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to acquire authentic world language skills and knowledge through Middlebury’s gold standard immersion methodology and expert curriculum. The MIL Summer Day Academies are designed specifically for middle and high school students who are seeking to accelerate their language learning, expand their understanding of world cultures, and explore the richness of learning within an immersion environment.
“We are very excited to partner with the National Cathedral School to deliver Middlebury’s renowned language instruction to all students in the Washington, D.C. area,” said MIL CEO Jane Swift. “Gaining a new world language is a critical 21st Century skill, and our new day academies help students learn in a fun and interactive environment. We are also very pleased to be offering Chinese immersion, which is unique in the day academy setting.”
The academies, held at National Cathedral School and three other locations nationally, are designed to work closely with the language department of the participating partner schools.
“At National Cathedral School, we say we are ‘educating women for the world;’ our partnership with MIL in this new language program is part of that commitment to global education,” said NCS Head of School Kathleen O’Neill Jamieson. “We are delighted to be part of bringing the highly-respected Middlebury language-learning methodology to students in the Washington, D.C. area this summer.”
The two-week sessions run from June 18-29 and from July 2-13. Middle school academies run for the full day while high school students take half-day afternoon sessions. The sequential curriculum allows middle and high school students to enroll in a second session if continued learning is desired.
The high school program is also integrated with MIL’s premier digital language offerings and students are familiarized with MIL’s online programs. After the two-week session, high school students continue their training through MIL’s instructor-supported online coursework. To enroll in the academies or to learn more, please visit http://mmla.middlebury.edu/summerday/.
About Middlebury Interactive Languages
Middlebury Interactive Languages is the premier academic leader in world language instruction for K-12 students. A joint venture of Middlebury College and K12 Inc., MIL is a national leader in providing greater access to superior world language programs and a key contributor to the success of digital learning initiatives to provide students with the skills they need to be competitive in a 21st Century global marketplace.
MIL offers a portfolio of world language products as a total solution, both online and in brick-and-mortar schools, using proven academic methods to meet national ACTFL standards. Products include the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy, offering an intensive four-week residential immersion program and day programs for middle and high school students Middlebury Interactive courses, intensive online coursework for Grades 3 – 12; and MIL Professional Development.
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Designed specifically for rising 5th to 8th grade students, the Middle School Academy is engineered for beginning students, as well as students who have already completed language courses at grade level.
A student is placed into an appropriate instructional learning group, based upon their level of language ability. The middle school sequential curriculum allows students to enroll in a second session, if continued learning is desired during the 2012 summer. The Academy focuses on the following major learning outcomes:
- Expose students to the target language and culture.
- Foster a passion and interest for continued language learning.
- Increase fluency and self-confidence in language.
Each of these outcomes is embedded in the MIL Summer Day Academy curriculum and instruction which challenges each student to “live and learn language” by applying and using the language in classroom based instruction, cultural projects, and hands-on activities.
The High School Academy is designed for rising 9th to 12th grade students and focuses on increasing language proficiency through rigorous and concentrated study by following MIL’s online curriculum.
The program is designed to assist students who are seeking higher levels of placement in their respective High School program.
During the two weeks, students are familiarized with the content and structure of MIL online courses. Upon leaving the Academy, students continue their learning at home independently with an assigned MIL Online Teacher and complete the remaining content in one semester of the appropriate MIL online course. The French and Spanish program is open to true beginners and students who have completed up to two years of high school language instruction. The Chinese program is open to true beginners and students who have completed up to one year of high school language instruction.
Note: This program does not offer AP prep. Students who have successfully completed three years of High School language instruction and are ready to take AP language classes in the fall are recommended to enroll at the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy in the level IV course specially designed for students who fit this profile.