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Middlebury Interactive's curriculum was developed exclusively for the education market by Ph.D. level academics and experts in language education using the language pedagogy and teaching methodology of Middlebury College. For nearly 100 years, Middlebury College's Language Schools have enabled business leaders, diplomats and educators to master world languages and make deep connections with global cultures.
We have translated that approach to the K-12 setting through our school-based online courses and summer academies. The Middlebury method uses immersion learning to help students gain a stronger base of comprehension and to accelerate language acquisition.
Middlebury Interactive's language immersion teaching methodology is proven, academic and curriculum-based; our courses and programs align with national standards set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). This rigorous academic approach sets Middlebury Interactive apart from other world language providers.
Middlebury Interactive's online courses are supported by decades of research showing that students need exposure to authentic materials and frequent opportunities to interact in the target language in order to succeed. Course offerings deliver real-world reading, writing, listening and speaking activities in a digital format. Our summer academies employ the Middlebury Language Pledge, which requires students to speak, read and interact exclusively in their target language for the entire duration of the academies. Our No English Spoken Here policy best summarizes this approach and its success: 88% of Academy participants in 2013 gained one level of language proficiency on ACTFL's language scale, while 45% accelerated their language growth by two or more levels.