Posted: May 31, 2002
MIDDLEBURY, VT- Residents of the Middlebury community and visitors to the area can expect to overhear a diverse mix of languages again this summer: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
Friday, June 14, 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 1,175 students will come to Middlebury to participate in the language schools throughout the summer. During the course of the language schools 87-year history, more than 37,000 students from all walks of life-including more than 11,000 advanced 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 live 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.
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 14; the seven-week session for French, German, Italian and Spanish will begin on Friday, June 28; and the six-week session for graduate-level French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish will begin on Monday, July 1.
In the summer of 2003, the language schools will inaugurate a ninth school, the Portuguese School. The opening will signify the first new language taught in the summer at Middlebury College since the Arabic School opened in 1982.