Middlebury College Language Schools to begin summer session June 13

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Tue Jun 3 18:31:08 UTC 2008

Middlebury College Language Schools to begin summer session June 13


Blair Kloman
bkloman at middlebury.edu
(802) 443 - 5483
5 Court Street 303

June 02, 2008
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Residents of the Middlebury community and visitors
to the area can expect to overhear a diverse mix of languages again
this summer: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian,
Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Friday, June 13, marks the
beginning of the Middlebury College Language Schools' summer sessions,
known internationally for a rigorous approach to the teaching of
languages and cultures.

This summer, approximately 1,350 students will gather in Middlebury to
participate in the 2008 Language Schools program. During the course of
its 94-year history, more than 40,000 students from all walks of life
— including more than 11,000 advanced degree holders — have attended
one or more of the Language Schools. Corporate executives study
side-by-side with writers, journalists, doctors, lawyers,
missionaries, government officials and diplomats. Undergraduates and
graduate students from Middlebury College and other institutions also
attend the summer sessions to fulfill language requirements or
complete degrees.

For the second year in a row, philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis
has funded the "100 Summer Scholarships for Peace," which grants 100
scholarships of $10,000 each for the intensive study of critical
languages and related global issues during the summer of 2008. The
initiative is intended to challenge Middlebury College and its
affiliate, the Monterey Institute for International Studies, to use
the institutions' combined expertise in language acquisition and
policy studies to recruit and train future potential peacemakers.

Under the guidance of approximately 220 faculty members from colleges
and universities throughout the world, students of all ages and
nationalities live on campus, totally immersed in their target
language. Students eat, sleep and drink the language they have come to
study, and all agree to abide by the Language Pledge, a formal
commitment to speak the language of study and no other for the entire
summer session. In addition, the Language Schools host many cultural
events that are often open to the public.

Each summer, the college offers three sets of summer sessions for
foreign languages. The nine-week session for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese
and Russian begins Friday, June 13; the seven-week session for
intensive language studies in French, German, Italian, Portuguese,
Spanish and the newly established Brandeis University-Middlebury
School of Hebrew, which opens this summer, will begin on Friday, June
27; and the six-week session for graduate-level Chinese, French,
German, Italian, Russian and Spanish will begin on Monday, June 30.
The Arabic, Japanese and Portuguese sessions will offer non-degree,
graduate-level courses.


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