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.

Middlebury Interactive Languages was formed in 2010 as a joint venture between K12 Inc. and Middlebury College, a recognized international leader in language pedagogy. The College participated in the design and review of all Middlebury branded courses and in the governance of the company through 2016 when it sold its ownership interest to K12 Inc. Today, K12 Inc. and its affiliates continue to provide the Middlebury courses under the strict guidelines provided by the College in a license agreement.

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, the arts, 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 immersive 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.