French Language Academy

Learn French at our immersive summer language program for teens.

Live immersed in French language and culture this summer. Whether you're an absolute beginner who has never spoken a word of French or an advanced speaker who is hoping to practice French in a real-world setting, you will dramatically improve your French language skills at the Academy.

For summer 2017, join us at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, for a U.S.-based immersion program open to rising 8th-12th grade students, from beginners to advanced French speakers. Or choose to study abroad in Nantes, France, which is open to rising 9th-12th grade students with at least one year of French study (rising 9th graders must have at least 2 years Middle school French language study).

For four weeks, all programming, events, activities, field trips, meetings and meals will be in French. From morning assembly until lights out, you’ll be immersed in language with a group of peers at the same competency level as you. The curriculum is organized by themes that help you navigate life in this new environment and is based on the longstanding tradition of immersion education at Middlebury College's Language Schools.

Why Learn French?

America’s fascination with Parisian style has made French one of the most sophisticated choices for second language study. But apart from giving French speakers that certain allure—or je ne sais quoi—French is quickly becoming an important global language. Today, French is spoken on every continent and by an estimated 220-300 million people worldwide. It is still the second language used for communication by the United Nations and at Olympic events. According to Forbes magazine, a study by investment bank Natixis predicted that French will be the most spoken language in the world by 2050, noting its predominance on the continent of Africa—a massive, potential economic powerhouse that’s been steadily gaining ground in recent years.

At the Academy—both at our U.S.-based program and our study abroad location in Nantes—our French teachers are from many different places around the world, exposing students to different dialects and providing a well-rounded experience with the language.

“Not only did my speaking skills improve, but I realized that I had the support of at least 40 other people who were, like me, just discovering their French.”

Alessandra, French Academy Student

Experience French Culture

French Academy students will gain an appreciation for French language and culture through cuisine, art, history, music, dance, geography and politics. Cultural exploration may include:

  • Attending Bastille Day celebrations, a summer tradition!
  • Learning about French art and creating your own sculpture masterpiece.
  • Watching a French movie, listening to French pop music and discovering new musicians.
  • Participating in a fashion show or performing in an improvisation skit.
  • Savoring French cuisine and learning how to cook traditional French dishes and pastries.
  • Visiting Middlebury College's French Language School where you will take a tour of campus (in French!) and meet French Language School students.

When opportunities are available near your local Academy, we find a way to engage you and your language group with the local community, as well as bring that community to you.