MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., has been selected as an additional site for the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA) for the summer of 2011. MMLA, a language immersion summer program for pre-college students in its fourth year of programming, currently offers four-week residential sessions in Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Spanish on campuses in Vermont, Ohio and California.
MMLA began as a collaboration between the Language Schools of Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif., a graduate school of Middlebury College. The program at Wofford, which will serve as the Southern hub for MMLA, will bring together over 70 educators and staff from around the country and 250 middle and high school students.
“We are excited to be partnering with an institution that understands and values the importance of foreign language skills,” said Kevin Conroy, director of MMLA. “MMLA’s immersion approach to teaching language and culture — like that of the internationally recognized Middlebury Language Schools — is an ideal way to provide today’s young people with the skills and resources to become tomorrow’s citizens.”
In 2010, more than 800 students — 23 percent of whom received financial assistance — participated in the program under the guidance of almost 300 faculty and staff members, including experienced language teachers from public, private and international schools throughout America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Students participating in the academy will completely immerse themselves in their language of study and commit to speaking only the target language, both inside and outside the classroom, throughout the program’s duration.
MMLA is designed to meet the learning styles of middle and high school students in a fun and challenging environment. Students live in language-specific residence halls, participate in language instruction, and speak their target language in every activity — cooking classes, group hikes, soccer competitions and social events. Through a carefully planned progression of language learning and culture studies designed for beginning to advanced levels, MMLA students are challenged to make language breakthroughs while cultivating new friendships and enjoying themselves.
In April 2010, MMLA became part of Middlebury Interactive Languages, a new company formed by Middlebury College and K12 Inc., a technology-based education company and national leader in online learning. Building on Middlebury’s long history of leadership in language teaching and K12’s expertise in online education, the new company will create and distribute online language learning courses and oversee the development of MMLA.
For more information about MMLA, visit www.mmla.middlebury.edu or call 802-443-2900.