The Spanish Academy

Summer Language Immersion Program 2018

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Spanish Academy

The Academy is based on Middlebury College’s longstanding tradition of immersion education and provides a “world of difference” when it comes to language learning. No matter your background or prior Spanish experience, if you are passionate about learning Spanish and commit to speaking Spanish 24/7 at the Academy, you will dramatically improve your Spanish language skills.

For four weeks, all programming, events, activities, field trips, meetings and meals will be in Spanish. From morning assembly until lights out, you’ll be immersed in language with a group of equally passionate peers at the same competency level as you. The curriculum is organized by themes that help you navigate life in this new environment.

Why Learn Spanish?

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. U.S. Census projections predict that by 2050, the United States will have 138 million Spanish speakers, making it the largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world. If this isn’t reason enough to start learning Spanish, the romance language is considered by many to be one of the most poetic and beautiful languages. And with more than 500 million speakers worldwide, and 31 countries boasting Spanish as their official language, Spanish is increasingly becoming more than a language of culture and civilization; it is gaining importance in the global business world as well.

Experience Spanish Culture

At the Spanish Academy, you'll gain an appreciation for Spanish language and culture through cuisine, art, history, music, dance, geography and politics. Cultural exploration may include:

  • Learning Flamenco dance, tango or salsa with your friends.
  • Creating a self-portrait in the style of Frida Kahlo.
  • Taking a cooking class, where you'll learn to make—and eat!—empanadas, Tapas and other popular dishes from Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Viewing a Spanish movie or creating your own Spanish film.
  • Studying modern art and architecture, history and poetry in Spanish.
  • Visiting Middlebury College’s Spanish Language School, where you will take a tour of campus (in Spanish!), attend a dance or music performance and enjoy dinner alongside Spanish 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.

Sites

Quepos, Costa Rica │ Granada, Spain │ Salamanca, Spain│ Green Mountain College

For summer 2018, join us at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont, for a U.S.–based immersion program open to rising 8th through 12th grade students from beginners to advanced Spanish speakers. Or choose to study abroad at one of three international sites —Granada, Spain, Salamanca, Spain, or our newest site Quepos, Costa Rica—open to rising 9th–12th grade students with at least one year of Spanish experience (rising 9th graders must have at least 2 years Middle school Spanish language study).

Quepos, Costa Rica

June 24—July 20, 2018

Note: Details for our new site in Quepos, Costa Rica are still being finalized and will be posted soon. Thank you for understanding!

Quepos Dates & Tuition

June 24—July 20, 2018

The total cost includes tuition, room and board, instructional materials, and field trips. Travel costs are not included.

October—
December 15, 2017

 
$6,995
December 16, 2017—
April 30, 2018

 
$7,495
March 1, 2018—
TBD, 2018

 
$7,995

Granada, Spain

June 24—July 20, 2018

Do you dream about traveling to Spain and exploring the rich and vibrant country first-hand? Our study abroad Language Academy for teens can take you there! High school students will have the opportunity to live immersed in the Spanish language and culture of Granada during a unique four-week Spanish study abroad experience in the summer.

Spanish Academy

Accelerate your Spanish language skills while living and studying in Granada, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in southern Spain. You'll have the opportunity to explore stunning architectural sites—be inspired by the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, and the Generalife, an impressive garden nearby. You'll discover new ways of thinking and make connections with new people and culture that will last the rest of your life.

The Spanish Academy in Granada is open to rising 9th-12th grade students with at least one year of Spanish language experience (rising 9th graders must have at least two years middle school Spanish language experience). The Spanish Academy is run in collaboration with IES Abroad, a leader in study abroad experiences for college students with over 60 years of experience.

Visiting Granada

Granada, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the southern part of Andalusia, is a vibrant city with a mix of students, artists, tourists, business people, and historians. Widely considered to be one of the major intellectual centers of southern Spain, Granada is home to a university of 80,000 students, as well as a mix of architectural styles that reflect the city’s diverse cultural history.

Many travelers who visit Granada insist it’s the must-see city in all of Spain. With one of the clearest windows into Spain’s unique historical symbiosis of cultures, Granada is also a youthful city with a vibrant city center. Granada will also be your classroom during the Academy. Visit the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, and the Generalife, an impressive garden complete with fountains, arches, patios, and flowering vegetation of every color. The Alhambra, also a UNESCO World Heritage location, is regarded as one of the most inspiring architectural and historical sights in Spain.

Curriculum & Classes in Granada

While the teaching methodology and belief in immersion learning is consistent across all Academies, the curriculum in Granada is designed to help students immerse themselves in the local surroundings and quickly adapt to their new environment.

Curriculum Design

Each week at the Academy, regardless of language level, students will focus on a particular theme that directly relates to Granada and Spain. Themes and daily lessons are adapted for each class level, and weekly projects help students demonstrate their mastery of the content.

Upon completion of each theme, students will be required to give a presentation or enact a skit demonstrating what they have learned.

The weekly themes are designed to introduce students to Granada, Spain, and the local history and culture -- all in language! This year’s weekly themes are:

  • Week 1: Getting to Know the School (Ave María Casa Madre) and the City of Granada
  • Week 2: History and Culture of Granada
  • Week 3: Spanish Economy and Tourism
  • Week 4: Spanish Cuisine

Authentic Interaction

As a part of class time each day, teachers will bring students to different sites throughout Granada to interact with native speakers. To develop an authentic understanding of the local economy, for example, students might visit local businesses to interview the owners.

In Granada , the city is your classroom!

Throughout the program students will also have opportunities to attend presentations and performances by local experts. Students may hear about the history and influence of Moor rule in Granada or learn to dance the Flamenco, each event aiming to enrich students’ understanding of Granada and Spain.  

Levels & Placement

Students will be required to take an online proficiency test prior to arriving in Granada. Based on these results, students will be placed appropriately in one of four levels. Each level will focus on the same weekly theme, but the difficulty of content will be adapted to students’ level of proficiency.

Granada Faculty & Staff

Spanish Academy

Meet the faculty and staff of our Spanish Academy abroad in Granada, Spain.

Jose M. Ruiz (Chema), Program Director

Chema is a graduate of the Universidad de Málaga, Spain. With a Master's degree in Spanish as a Second Language and a thesis focusing on learning styles, he has taught Spanish as a Second Language to students from ages to 10 to 65. In December 2000, he started working as a teacher trainer in a mentoring program organized by the International House in Seville. He has lectured in Málaga, Seville, Madrid and Barcelona, teaching how to use metaphors and mind maps in the classroom. In 2002, he published an activity book called Activa2 and has had activities published by Instituto Cervantes. In 2003, he came to the United States to work as a Spanish teacher and became the Head of the World Languages Department at Peddie School, an independent boarding high school in Hightstown, NJ. Chema started with the Academy  as an Assistant Language Director at Green Mountain College in 2010, and has also served as the Spanish Language Director at our domestic program. This will be Chema’s fifth year with the Academy, and he is very excited to be in Granada as a Program Director.

Alba Medialdea, Resident Director

Alba has been working with American students in Granada since 2010. She previously worked as a Spanish teaching Assistant at Occidental College in California. During the school year, she works with our partner, IES Abroad, as the Student Affairs and Internship Coordinator. She is responsible for managing co-curricular activities and creating customized integration opportunities for the intercultural development of students. She also manages student housing, medical issues and emergencies.

Alba holds a M.A and a B.A. in Translation and Interpreting Studies. She graduated from the University of Granada in 2008 and complemented her curriculum studying abroad in China, Poland and the United Kingdom. Alba also has teaching experience at different schools in Spain and has attended courses in Emotional Intelligence and Art Therapy. She currently lives in Granada.

Dr. Javier Martínez de Velasco, IES Center Director

Dr. Javier Martínez de Velasco has been the Director of the IES Abroad Granada Center since its foundation in 2005. He previously served for three years as Director of the IES Center in Madrid. Originally from Galicia in Northwestern Spain, Javier has a B.A. in Linguistics and Comparative Literature from the University of Santiago de Compostela, and a Ph.D. in International Theatre from the University of Kansas. Before returning to Spain, Javier was a Professor in the Spanish Department and in the William O. Douglas Honors College of Central Washington University. At the IES Center in Granada, Javier has worked with over 3,000 students from highly-selective US colleges and universities who are studying in Spain for either a semester or a year. Javier has worked with the MIL Summer Academy in Granada since 2015.

Javier enjoys sailing and traveling the world, and is particularly passionate about theater, which he continues to teach.

Daily Schedule in Granada

For four weeks, all programming, events, activities, field trips, meetings and meals will be in Spanish. From morning assembly until lights out, you’ll be wrapped in the language with a group of new friends, teachers and residential staff.

Morning Assembly

For 20 minutes after breakfast each morning, all students gather together for a casual assembly. Teachers and residential staff may perform skits, show music videos, or share creative presentations. It’s fun, unpredictable and all “in language” as you get warmed up for the day of academic, cultural, and recreational activities ahead.

Class Time

During the week you will spend approximately three hours a day in language classes. You will stay with your language level group and follow a course of study specially designed so that you can survive and thrive in a full-immersion environment.

Cultural Exploration

The Academy’s hands-on “Cultural Exploration” classes are 2 hours long on weekdays. These classes change every week and allow students the opportunity to actively explore authentic aspects of Spanish culture. In Granada the classes may focus on topics such as:

  • Spanish Cooking
  • Traditional Spanish Dancing
  • The Music of Spain
  • Arts and Crafts in Spain

Mealtime

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’ll have every meal with your new friends and stay in language. Early on there may be some humor and difficulty staying in language, but it’s good fun and teachers or RAs will be there to provide encouragement. Meals are eaten family style in Centro Ave Mariá Casa Madre cafeteria, but on field trips and excursions students will have opportunities to explore Spanish cuisine from local restaurants and vendors. If you have any dietary restrictions, please make sure to contact us.

Afternoon Activities

Afternoon activities change every day and may include painting, collage, watching Spanish TV, or going for chocolate and churros at a local shop in Granada. You can also choose sports like soccer, basketball, yoga, or Frisbee. RAs lead all afternoon activities and supply students with the vocabulary they need to have fun and stay in language.

Free Time

You’ll have some down time every day, when you’ll be able to exercise, write in your journal, do some laundry, take a walk, chill with friends, take a shower before dinner or all of the above.

Evening Activities & Evening Assembly

Evening activities vary day by day. Some days students will spend extra time reviewing coursework with their teachers. Other evenings, RAs will lead Student Interest Clubs, where students can dive deeper into areas of their choosing such as sports, music, yearbook, dance, videography, or theater. Students may have special performances or "Movie Nights" planned in the evening for them as well.

Evening Assembly takes place once a week and is a chance for you to see what your friends have been learning in their language classes. Think songs, skits, games, and interactive activities. It’s usually entertaining and a great opportunity to see how your peers are progressing.

The End of the Day

After evening activities, it is your time to meet back in your housing with your friends and residential staff. Enjoy a snack with friends. Listen to some music. Maybe share a funny story, divulge a recent triumph, or express your thoughts and concerns. Before too long, you’ll be ready to crash, so you can get started the next day.

Weekends

The weekends offer extended free time to relax or review, but also to explore the city and greater Spain.

Field Trips & Excursions in Granada

It would be a shame to come to Spain and not experience the culture and sites that define it. That’s why we organize trips for students throughout the week and on every weekend.

Field trips within Granada include the Granada Science Museum, Alhambra, and Generalife. The program will also include day trip to Ronda and a nautical activity camp on a lake outside of Granada on two separate weekend trips. Specifics around these trips are subject to change and more information on the curriculum and cultural events will be released as it becomes available.

Field Trips

Spanish Academy

As part of the program, students will participate in day trips on the weekend to travel to locations outside of the city. In previous years locations have included:

  • Málaga - the birthplace of Picasso and often regarded as the cultural center of the Costa de Sol region. The city is famous for its number and diversity of museums, fine dining, and historical landmarks - Málaga was founded circa 770 BC
  • Frigiliana - nicknamed “the white village” because of the whitewashed buildings that line its streets, is considered by many to be the prettiest village in all of Spain. Tucked within the Andulucian mountains, the village boasts stunning views and a number of great nearby hiking trails.
  • Nerja - another picturesque village located on the Costa del Sol. Here students can explore the neighboring caverns, relax on the Mediterranean shore, and visit the town’s city center
  • Alfacar - a nearby village believed by many to have the best bread in the province. There, students have learned from local bakers how to bake locals’ favorite breads and pastries.

Excursions

There is no short list of things to see and do within Granada either. Throughout the week, students will have many opportunities to explore the city with their teachers and RAs. In the past students have visited:

  • Alhambra – the second most visited site in all of Europe. The Alhambra is a palace, fortress complex that blends together Moorish, Christian, and modern architectural themes.
  • Palicio de los Olvidados – a museum exploring the many different aspects of the Spanish Inquisition.
  • The Science Park - an interactive museum which explores physical phenomena such as gravity, body movement, and the physics of light and sound.
  • Generalife - the summer palace and country estate of the Nasrid dynasty that ruled Granada from the 13th to 15th century.

Granada Housing & Facilities

In the heart of Granada, and within walking distance of the Alhambra, is the Centro Ave Mariá Casa Madre campus, a private, Catholic residential school where the Academy is held. Academy students will live on-campus where their classes and many co-curricular activities will take place. The Ava Mariá campus boasts tremendous views of the Alhambra and is within a five-minute walk of the historic site.

Residence Halls

Spanish Academy

Rooms at the Academy will be shared by two students, and each student will have a wardrobe that locks to store his or her belongings. Most rooms will have a private bathroom while some will have an en suite bathroom shared by two dorm rooms. The residence hall is not air conditioned, but each room has windows that open and each room will have a fan which will help students take advantage of the cool evening breezes. Linens and towels will be provided for all students. Staff will clean the rooms every day, and there will be a laundry service included once per week for the students’ bed linens and clothes.

Dining Hall

The dining hall can accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free requests, but please let us know ahead of time of any special dietary restrictions. A sample menu of traditional Spanish cuisine from the campus dining hall could include a tomato salad (first course), followed by grilled fish or vegetable soup (second course) and fresh fruit and yogurt for dessert. All meals will include bread and water/juice. A late morning or afternoon snack will also be served. All menus are developed in consultation with a nutritionist.

Recreational Facilities

The Ave Mariá Casa Madre campus includes volleyball courts, an outdoor patio, a basketball court, a soccer court, a handball court and game room that Academy students can utilize during the program.

Granada Dates & Tuition

June 24—July 20, 2018

The total cost includes tuition, room and board, instructional materials, and field trips. Travel costs are not included.

October—
December 15, 2017

 
$6,995
December 16, 2017—
April 30, 2018

 
$7,495
March 1, 2018—
TBD, 2018

 
$7,995

Salamanca, Spain

July 1—July 27, 2018

Spanish Academy

Do you dream about traveling to Spain and exploring the rich and vibrant country first-hand? Our study abroad Language Academy for teens can take you there! High school students will have the opportunity to live immersed in the Spanish language and culture of Salamanca during a unique four-week Spanish study abroad experience in the summer.

Accelerate your Spanish language skills while living and studying in Salamanca, the capital of the province of Salamanca, which is located in northwestern Spain. You'll have the opportunity to become intimately familiar with a city so ancient that its history predates the Roman Empire. The Old Quarter of the city contains stunning palaces and churches first constructed many hundreds of years ago. In Salamanca you'll discover new ways of thinking and make connections with new people and culture that will last the rest of your life.

The Spanish Academy in Salamanca is open to rising 9th-12th grade students with at least one year of Spanish language experience (rising 9th graders must have at least two years middle school Spanish language experience). The Spanish Academy is run in collaboration with IES Abroad, a leader in study abroad experiences for college students with over 60 years of experience.

Note: This is a homestay program. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about this or any other aspect of the Spanish Academy.

Curriculum & Classes in Salamanca

While the teaching methodology and belief in immersion learning is consistent across all Academies, the curriculum in Salamanca is designed to help students immerse themselves in the local surroundings and quickly adapt to their new environment.

Curriculum Design

Each week at the Academy, regardless of language level, students will focus on a particular theme that directly relates to Salamanca and Spain. Themes and daily lessons are adapted for each class level, and weekly projects help students demonstrate their mastery of the content.

Spanish Academy

Upon completion of each theme, students will be required to give a presentation or enact a skit demonstrating what they have learned.

The weekly themes are designed to introduce students to Salamanca, Spain, and the local history and culture -- all in language! This year’s weekly themes are:

  • Week #1 - Getting to Know Salamanca and Spain
  • Week #2 - History and Culture of Salamanca
  • Week #3 - Spanish Economy and Tourism
  • Week #4 - Spanish Cuisine

Authentic Interaction

As a part of class time each day, teachers will bring students to different sites throughout Salamanca to interact with native speakers. To develop an authentic understanding of the local economy, for example, students might visit local businesses to interview the owners.

In Salamanca, the city is your classroom!

Throughout the program students will also have opportunities to attend presentations and performances by local experts. Students may hear about the history of Christopher Columbus (Salamanca is his home town) from a local professor or learn to dance the Jota, each event aiming to enrich students’ understanding of Salamanca and Spain.  

Levels & Placement

Students will be required to take an online proficiency test prior to arriving in Salamanca. Based on these results, students will be placed appropriately in one of four levels. Each level will focus on the same weekly theme, but the difficulty of content will be adapted to students’ level of proficiency.

Salamanca Faculty & Staff

Meet the faculty and staff of our Spanish Academy abroad in Salamanca, Spain.

Claire Scribner, Program Director

Claire comes to Salamanca from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she is a Dean and Spanish teacher at the William Penn Charter School. She received her B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Haverford College, her M.S. in Conflict Resolution from Creighton University, and her M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Chestnut Hill College. Claire has successfully led professional teams of educators while serving in the role of Academic Dean, and she has gained an in-depth understanding of Latin American and Spanish cultures through extensive travel, study, and work abroad. Having served as a Spanish teacher with MIL in previous years, Claire is looking forward to returning to the Academy's team this summer as the Program Director in Salamanca!

Valle Fernández, Resident Director

A native of Zamora, Spain, Valle graduated from the University of Salamanca and studied abroad as a student in Southampton, England. She served as Resident Director for a study abroad program for many years, where she was responsible for overseeing housing and academic affairs, cultural activities and excursions, medical issues, and customized experiential education opportunities. She loves working in an intercultural environment and is always happy to explain and share everything about the Spanish culture with her students.

Valle is very passionate about education and languages; prior to her work in the field of international education, Valle taught English as Second Language to high school students. She has also attended workshops and teacher training courses for Teachers of Spanish as a Second Language.

Valle holds a M.A and a B.A in English Language and English and North-American Literature. She loves travelling and has travelled extensively in Europe and The United States. She lives in Salamanca with her husband and their 16-year-old son.

Barbara Liberator, Center Director

Originally from the United States, Barbara Liberatore has been living and working in Salamanca for over 20 years. She is fluent in Spanish and Italian. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and her Master’s degree in Italian Studies from Brown University where she also held a teaching assistantship.

Barbara brings more than 20 years of experience in teaching, management, and supervision in international education. She taught in Brown University’s Summer Intensive English Program for many years, worked as Assistant Director for the University of Rhode Island’s Summer Study Abroad Program in Salamanca, and directed other study abroad programs there before beginning with IES Abroad.

Daily Schedule in Salamanca

Spanish Academy

The program focuses on providing a well-rounded cultural immersion for its students. In Salamanca, students have ample opportunity through living, eating, and traveling with a host family, as well as participation in language classes, culture classes, afternoon activities, student interest clubs, field trips, and general campus life.

Morning Assembly

After students have eaten breakfast with their hosts, RAs will walk with them to campus for a casual assembly. For 20 minutes each morning, teachers and residential staff perform skits, show music videos and share creative presentations. It’s fun, unpredictable and all “in language” as you get warmed up for the day of academic, cultural, and recreational activities ahead.

Class Time

During the week you will spend approximately three hours a day in language classes. You will stay with your language level group and follow a course of study specially designed so that you can survive and thrive in a full-immersion environment. Learn more here: Curriculum & Classes in Salamanca

Cultural Exploration

The Academy’s hands-on “Cultural Exploration” classes are 2 hours long on weekdays. These classes change every week and allow students the opportunity to actively explore authentic aspects of Spanish culture. In Salamanca the classes will focus on topics such as:

  • Spanish Cooking
  • Traditional Spanish Dancing
  • The Music of Spain
  • Arts and Crafts in Spain

Mealtime

Eat three meals a day with your hosts and experience authentic Spanish cuisine. Breakfast is typically light in Spain, but students will have snacks available on campus before and after classes. Lunch is the biggest meal of the day in Spain and is typically eaten later in the day. Per custom, students will have extra time to take a much needed siesta afterwards. Dinner takes place after Afternoon Activities and is smaller, often consisting of soup and sandwiches. Please make sure to contact us if you have any dietary restrictions.

Afternoon Activities

Afternoon activities offer an organized way to have fun in language. They change every day and may include activities such as music practice, painting, watching Spanish TV, or going out with friends for chocolate and churros. You can also choose sports like soccer, basketball, yoga, or Frisbee. RAs lead all afternoon activities and supply students with the vocabulary they need to have fun and stay in language. Every week students will also have days planned to spend with their host family or travel on excursions with their teachers and RAs.

Free Time

After dinner with your host family, you’ll have some down time to write in your journal, do some laundry, listen to some music, take a walk with your hosts, or all of the above. Before too long, you’ll be ready to crash, so you can get started again the next day. 

Weekends

The weekends offer extended free time to relax or review, but also explore the city and greater Spain.

Field Trips & Excursions in Salamanca

Spanish Academy

It would be a shame to come to Spain and not see the most distinguishing cultural aspects and renowned sites. That’s why we organize trips for students throughout the week and on every weekend.

Field Trips & Excursions

As part of the program, students will participate in day trips each weekend to some of the major sites near Salamanca. In 2017, we’ll be traveling to:

  • Madrid, Spain’s capital. We’ll take a walking tour of the city, picnic at Retiro park, tour Prado Art Museum, and explore the shops and scenery.
  • Lake Sanabria, the largest, natural freshwater lake in Spain. It’s renowned for the scenery of the mountains that encase it. There students will have the opportunity to take a short hike, swim, picnic on the beach, and even visit a local wolf preserve.
  • Either Segovia & Ávila or Atapuerca, depending upon the discretion of the program. Both destinations are famous for the history that surrounds them. Segovia & Ávila are two cities that still preserve the medieval walls that once protected them. Atapuerca is home to an archaeological site containing fossil record of the earliest human beings in Europe.

Traveling with Your Host Family

Every Sunday, students will have time set aside to explore the city with their host family. Where you go is decided by you and your hosts!

Excursions

Throughout the program, students will also have the opportunity to go on excursions with their teachers and RAs within Salamanca. Throughout the program, students will have opportunities to:

  • Participate in Salamanca’s Legends and Mysteries tour, a walking tour of the historical center of town focusing on the legends, stories, and mysteries of Salamanca
  • Tour the historic Cathedral Towers of Salamanca and learn the history of the buildings as well as witness one of the best views of the city.
  • Attend a handful of local festivals and performances.

Salamanca Housing and Facilities

At the Academy in Salamanca, students will live with local families and take their classes at the Colegio Maestro Ávila, a private primary and secondary school located near the center of town.

Host Families

All host families have been carefully vetted and have previously hosted American students with our partner, IES Abroad. Two students will be assigned to each host family where they will have either a shared or single bedroom, and shared bathroom facilities. Students will share three meals a day with their host(s). Each homestay is located within a 10-20 minute walk of Colegio Maestro Ávila. When it's time for class, students will walk in small groups to the school. RAs will supervise the commute to and from school. Family assignments are based on student preferences such academic interests, sports played, hobbies, and dietary needs. To learn even more about the role host families play in the program, check out: Daily Schedule in Salamanca

Facilities at Colegio Maestro Ávila

All classes and activities are held at the Colegio Maestro Ávila and led by Middlebury Interactive teachers and staff.

Salamanca Dates & Tuition

July 1—July 27, 2018

The total cost includes tuition, room and board, instructional materials, and field trips. Travel costs are not included.

October—
December 15, 2017

 
$6,995
December 16, 2017—
April 30, 2018

 
$7,495
March 1, 2018—
TBD, 2018

 
$7,995

Green Mountain College—Poultney, Vermont

June 24—July 20, 2018

The Spanish Academy

Set among the lakes and mountains of southern Vermont, Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, is the longest running of the Academy’s sites and enjoys a close working relationship with Middlebury College’s Language Schools. With bucolic athletic fields and a collection of classic New England college facilities, Green Mountain College’s 155 acre campus is the perfect place for students to build upon their in-class lessons, all while enjoying a safe, fun and engaging summer in Vermont.

Whether you want to learn Spanish or French, it’s the ideal spot to immerse yourself in language. Our programs at Green Mountain College are open to rising 8th–12th grade students from beginners to advanced students.

Visiting Southern Vermont

Our summer language Academies for students studying Spanish, German and Arabic are held in southern Vermont at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont.

Poultney, located on the western side of the state of Vermont bordering New York in the Lakes Region of Rutland County, is a small yet lively community of roughly 3,600 residents. The Green Mountain College campus is on the edge of town within close walking distance to downtown Poultney. Students will have the opportunity to walk into town to explore the few shops, restaurants and cafes.

The town of Poultney puts on an elaborate Fourth of July parade each year, featuring students of the language Academy who will march with locals (in their target language, of course!)—a highlight of the program for many students.

Green Mountain College Faculty & Staff

Meet the faculty and staff of our French Academy at our domestic site in Poultney, Vermont.

Kaitlin Kohberger, Director of Residential Life

Kaitlin recently began her career as a School Psychologist after graduating with a MA/ED.S. from Tufts University. After graduating, Kaitlin moved to Austria, where she developed a passion for working with students as an English teacher and an interest in outdoor, adventure based education volunteering. Kaitlin strives to connect with students across the spectrum of age, ability, and background. She is passionate about cross-cultural communication, and empowering students to become global citizens.

Kripa Bhagat, Site Manager

Kripa Bhagat is returning to MIL's Summer Academies for her 7th year and is looking forward to being part of an internationally–minded language learning environment for high school students. She received her B.A. in Chinese Sociolinguistics and Spanish and Latin American Cultures from Barnard College, Columbia University. Following her graduation, she served as an Education Ambassador for the Ameson Foundation for Youth in YiWu, China. Kripa currently works with high school students as the Resident Director and Local Coordinator for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She speaks Spanish, Chinese, Gujarati, Italian, and English.

Clara Hoellerbauer, Spanish Language Director

Clara is excited to be returning to the Academy this summer as the Spanish Language Director at St. Michael's College. This will be her seventh year with the Academy. In past summers, she taught Spanish both at the Green Mountain and Swarthmore College sites and has been the Language Director for both the Spanish and German Academies.

Clara was born in Vienna, Austria, and moved to the United States while she was in middle school. Her love of languages began early, evident in her decision to study both Spanish and French in high school. Later, she went on to graduate  with a B.A. in Modern Languages (Spanish and French) and Political Science from Kenyon College.

After teaching middle and high school students at independent schools in Georgia and Virginia,  Clara took a sabbatical to earn her Ed.M. in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2013. Since then, she has been working as an assistant principal in Colorado Springs. She looks forward to yet another amazing summer at the Academy!

Green Mountain College Housing & Facilities

 

Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, is situated in southern Vermont’s beautiful lakes region, with the Adirondack Mountains to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. Poultney, once home to early settlers and Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys, was chartered in 1761, and Green Mountain College was founded in 1834.

During its history, the college has taught a diverse liberal arts education, now focusing especially on environmental studies and finding itself at the forefront of a sustainability movement. An energetic institution in the most scenic of states, this college has been placed at the top of Sierra’s “Cool School” rankings and recently recognized by the Princeton Review for going environmentally green.

Academy students will live in dorms on the Green Mountain College campus, where they will also take classes, participate in cultural exploration activities and enjoy free time. The 155-acre campus, which is small, safe and self-contained, features an arts center, state-of-the-art fitness center and the first renovated residence hall in Vermont to receive a LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Outdoor facilities include athletic fields, nature preserve with hiking trails and views of the College’s beautiful landscape and historic campus buildings.

Tour Green Mountain College’s campus and the town of Poultney, Vermont, virtually now!

Green Mountain College Dates & TUITION

June 24—July 20, 2018

Tuition covers the full cost of instruction, activities, field trips, food, lodging, and shuttle service to and from local airports. Tuition must be paid in full by the dates listed in order to obtain the savings as outlined below.

Now—
December 15, 2017

 
$5,595
December 16, 2017—
April 30, 2018

 
$6,095
March 1, 2018—
May 31, 2018

 
$6,595

2017 Spanish Academy Blogs and Resources

Testimonials

 

“A Spanish grammar lesson in school takes an hour to teach. At the Academy it’s done in a sentence.”

Ana, Spanish Academy Student