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Middlebury Language Schools to Include Spanish Anniversary Celebration

June 16, 2017


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — June marks the beginning of the Middlebury Language Schools’ summer sessions, known internationally for their intensive immersion approach to the teaching of language and culture. This year the Spanish School will turn 100 and the School of Hebrew turns 10. The School of Korean, which brought the number of Language Schools to 11, will hold its third session.

The Spanish School will celebrate its 100th year from July 17-22 with a series of events. One of the highlights will be a performance by the Juanito Pascual Flamenco Quartet on Monday, July 17, at 8:30 p.m. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Jonathan “Juanito” Pascual is acclaimed as one of the top flamenco guitarists on the international music scene. NPR has called him “one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years” and the Boston Globe describes him as a “flamenco phenom.” 

Other Spanish School anniversary events include another concert; lectures; and a gallery talk about a Picasso print, Sueño y Mentira de Franco (The Dream and Lie of Franco), that is part of the Middlebury Museum of Art’s collection. All events will be in Spanish and will be open to the public. (Audience members are asked to please respect the Language Pledge:  students may not speak, hear, or write in languages other than the one they are studying.)

The Language Schools offer three sets of summer sessions for foreign languages on the Middlebury College campus. Mills College in Oakland, California, serves as the home base for the entire Arabic, Italian, and Korean Schools. Middlebury at Mills was established nine years ago in response to the increasing demand for admission to the Middlebury Language Schools. The first sessions began at Mills on June 9 and will start at Middlebury on June 23.

The Middlebury campus offers eight-week sessions in Chinese, Japanese, and Russian; seven-week sessions in French, German, Hebrew, Portuguese, and Spanish; and six-week sessions for graduate-level Chinese, Russian, French, German, Hebrew, and Spanish. The School of Hebrew also will offer a three-week program for lifelong learners and another in Classical Hebrew. At the Mills College campus, there are eight-week sessions in Arabic and Korean; a seven-week session in Italian; and six-week sessions for graduate programs in Arabic and Italian. This summer the Italian and Russian Schools will offer one-week graduate refresher courses and the Italian School will offer a three-week program for adult learners.

Since 1915, more than 50,000 students from all walks of life—including more than 12,000 advanced degree holders—have attended one or more of the Language Schools. Corporate executives study side-by-side with writers, journalists, doctors, lawyers, missionaries, government officials, and diplomats. Undergraduates and graduate students from Middlebury and other institutions also attend the summer sessions to fulfill language requirements or complete degrees.

Prior to her death in 2013, philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis funded the Davis Fellows for Peace, which continues to grant 100 scholarships to cover tuition, room, and board for a summer of study in any of the 11 Language Schools. The initiative, which began in 2007, is intended to challenge Middlebury to use its expertise in language acquisition and policy studies to recruit and train future potential peacemakers.

At both Language School locations under the guidance of a total of about 300 Language School faculty members and staff from colleges and universities throughout the world, students of all ages and nationalities live on campus, totally immersed in their target language. Students live, learn, and interact in the language they have come to study, and all agree to abide by the Language Pledge, a formal commitment to speak the language of study and no other for the entire summer session. The Language Schools also host cultural events that are often open to the public. 

More information about the Middlebury Language Schools is available online or contact the Language Schools at (802) 443-5510.