June 11, 1999

World-Renowned Middlebury College Language Schools Begin Summer Session on June 11

Visitors and residents of Middlebury can expect to overhear a diverse mix of languages this summer: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

Friday, June 11, marks the beginning of the Middlebury College Language Schools summer sessions, known internationally for a rigorous approach to the teaching of languages and cultures.

This year, approximately 1,165 students will come to Middlebury to participate in the Language Schools throughout the summer. During the course of the Language Schools' 84-year history, more than 35,000 students from all walks of life--including more than 11,000 advance degree holders--have attended one or more of the schools. Corporate executives study side-by-side with writers, journalists, doctors, lawyers, missionaries, government officials, and diplomats. Undergraduates and graduate students from Middlebury College and other institutions also attend the summer sessions to fulfill language requirements or complete degrees.

Under the guidance of approximately 200 faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the world, students of all ages and numerous nationalities live on campus, totally immersed in their target language. Students eat, sleep, drink and shop 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.

Long-time Middlebury resident, Dr. Stephen A. Freeman, has been a trailblazer in the field of foreign-language teaching, and his efforts have been critical in the growth of the Language Schools since they were founded in 1915. Freeman served as the Language Schools' director, and dean of the French School--second of the Language Schools. He also established the first of C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad in Paris. Freeman celebrated his 101st birthday this past May.

Each summer, the College offers three sets of summer sessions for foreign languages. The nine-week session for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian begins Friday, June 11; the seven-week session for French, German, Italian, and Spanish will begin on Friday, June 25; and the six-week session for graduate level French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish will begin on Monday, June 28.

Programs offered by the Middlebury College Language Schools reflect the College's overall commitment to excellence in language education and international studies.