Learn to speak Abenaki—but also learn the history, art, music, crafts, food, and dance—because culture is integral to language.

Applications for summer 2021 will open on Monday, November 2nd!

You will be able to apply on or anytime after this date. Please contact lsadmissions@middlebury.edu for questions.

Spend a summer at the Language Schools and you’ll experience the single most effective method for rapid language acquisition: a total immersion environment with the Language Pledge®—a promise to read, write, listen, and speak only in your language of study.

Program Overview

The School of Abenaki launched in the summer of 2020. Our 2-week program is drawn from the Abenaki speaking community as well as beginner level students who are passionate about learning Abenaki language and culture.

Abenaki is an endangered Eastern Algonquian language and one of the three Wabanaki languages of New England and Quebec. It is spoken throughout a wide area ranging from Lake Champlain to the west and Maine to the east. Listen to an interview with Director Jesse Bruchac.

Live in Language

Inside the Abenaki classrooms, the Language Pledge creates a solid foundation and helps students learn all day and every day, in a formal, structured setting.

Outside the classroom, students participate in organized cocurricular activities —including basket making, archery, woodworking, drum circles, song and dance, theater, and storytelling—designed to help enhance language skills while developing cultural proficiency. There are open lectures on Abenaki culture, and other social activities, including concerts and performances in the evenings. Students eat all meals with their Abenaki professors and fellow students, all in language.