Academic Program

Eight-Week Intensive Language Program

The Chinese School prides itself on dedicated faculty and staff, a rigorous, well-implemented curriculum, a speak-Chinese-only total immersion learning environment, and a low student-teacher ratio. At the end of each summer, comparisons of entrance and exit speaking and reading proficiency test results lend clear credibility to this claim.

We have built into our curriculum an active assessment component which monitors and measures students' progress; a team effort ensures that students receive individual attention and continuous feedback. Both teachers and students work diligently as coaches and learners, respectively toward the same goal--to ensure that their students' ability to understand, speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese improves dramatically day-by-day throughout the summer.

Courses offered by the Chinese School normally meet for four hours each day.  Students should expect to devote four to six hours to out-of-class preparation per day. Each course covers the equivalent of one academic year’s worth of material within an eight-week period.  For information on credit transfer, see our policies and procedures.

Six-Week MA Program Focusing on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

The Chinese School master's degree program focuses specifically on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. It is designed for current teachers of Chinese or those who wish to teach Chinese. Students may earn the MA by completing four summer sessions, or by combining two summers with an academic year at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS).

The Chinese School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5520
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Chinese School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

Mimi Clark, Coordinator