Middlebury Language Schools



The success of the summer session is due to the fact that students and faculty live under the same roof and take part in all the cultural and social activities sponsored by the School: film screenings, lectures, concerts, plays, dinners, parties, club meetings and picnics. All of this contributes to create a cordial and collegial atmosphere that is very conducive to learning and is unlikely to be duplicated elsewhere.

In addition to regular activities and coursework, all students are expected to participate weekly in a club of their choice. Students in the 7-week session are encouraged to take advantage of the biweekly club meetings.

Italian Music Club: Learn, sing, and listen to Italian songs and operas

Cinema Club: Watch films and discuss their cultural and artistic merits

Cooking Club: Study and practice the art of Italian cuisine

Literature Workshop: Weekly meetings with various professors to read and discuss Italian literature

Poetry Club: Students and faculty read and discuss poetry. Both are encouraged to present their own work

Contemporary Italian Issues: Watch daily newscasts read and discuss contemporary Italian issues

Regional Traditions and Dialect Club: Students and faculty learn the variety in regional Italian cooking, speaking, and cultural traditions

Activities, Lecture series, Conferences and Workshops for the summer 2014



ALDA MERINI. I BEATI ANNI DELL’INNOCENZA di Antonio Lovascio con Isabella Carloni


July 25th - Cosimo Colazzo

Lecture series:

Critico teatrale e giornalista professionista Emilia Costantini: Conferenza: Rodolfo Valentino: Il romanzo di una vita

Giulia Tellini, “Gino Cervi: vita, disavventure e rinascita di un antidivo

Gino Tellini, “Italo Svevo romanziere: i tre volti dell'inetto

Antonio Nicaso, “Le mafie tra finzione e realtà


- Caccia alla parola (giochi a quiz) Conducted by Anna Clara Ionta

- Anglicismi nella lingua italiana - Conducted byAnna Clara Ionta

- Regia – Conducted by Roberta Torre

- Sceneggiatura – Conducted by Roberta Torre

Laboratorio di didattica della lingua italiana per ispanofoni – Emilio Ceruti

Workshop on Methodology for DML students organized by the College

Folk Dance with Isabella Carloni (4 meetings - Second, Third, Fourth and - Fifth Week)

- Italian Music

Students and faculty learn, sing and listen to Italian songs and discuss socio-political references and themes with Gaia Capecchi

- Cineforum for Cinephiles (Screenings on Saturday night)

Students and faculty watch films and discuss their cultural and artistic merits with faculty and for two weeks in late July and first week of August with director Angela Torre

- Poetry Workshop: How to read a poem (Monday evening – Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Week) – Conducted by Ernesto Livorni 
This workshop, which will meet four times, wants to consider the following topics: forms of the poem (some canonical and common forms of poetry, especially the sonnet); object of the poem and poem as object (rhetorical figures and stylistic devices); poetry and reality (mimesis; political and social engagement); poetry and vision (metaphysics, silence). 

- Contemporary Italian Issues

Students and faculty watch daily newscasts read and discuss contemporary Italian issues

- Outing

Trip to Muir Woods, one of the oldest national parks in the US, and one of the only place where one can see giant Redwood trees and other amazing natural aspects, only a few miles away from San Francisco.  Departure 8:00 A.M., coming back by 7:00 P.M. Walking only, mostly flat surface, but a minimum degree of fitness is required as the walking tour may last a few hours. Led by Andrea Ciccarelli. Entrance price $7 each

- Regional Traditions and Dialect

Faculty and students learn the variety in regional Italian speaking and cultural traditions 

Laboratorio di dizione italiana per cantanti, condotto da Isabella Carloni