The History of the Summer Language Academy


The Summer Language Academy is the result of groundbreaking innovation and collaboration among some of the leading educational institutions in the world.

The Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy began at Middlebury College in 2008 and was originally established in affiliation with the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The Academy is now run by Middlebury Interactive Languages, the leader in digital world language courses for K-12 students. Middlebury Interactive Languages is co-owned by Middlebury College and K12 Inc with its headquarters in beautiful Middlebury, Vermont.

The Summer Language Academy attracts students in grades 8-12 from all over the country and world—it’s a place where students become “one” with culture and language using the incomparable Middlebury immersion learning pedagogy, based on Middlebury College’s famed Language Schools.

The philosophy is rooted in the idea that cultural and linguistic acquisition are strongly reinforced by an individual’s participation in cross-curricular activities ranging from sports and the arts to cooking and discussion groups—all conducted in the target language.

Students take the Language Pledge®, which is a formal promise to communicate exclusively in the language of study, creating a total language-immersion environment. Activities at the Academy provide a rich framework for meaningful communication to help students realize academic and personal goals.

The “No English Spoken Here” agreement helps to create a unique, immersive environment designed to support independent exploration, maximize language acquisition and foster the cultural understanding needed to thrive in the classroom and more importantly, in the international world we all live in today.