Learn about our language curriculum for all middle and high school students, from beginners through advanced language speakers.
Each day, Academy students will encounter new vocabulary, ideas, and grammar associated with a range of subjects familiar to high school students. They will use their Academy workbook to read and write about what is important to them. Themes are grouped into four sections, one for each week:
- Week 1: Greetings, Daily Routines, Feelings, Dorm Life, Leisure Activities
- Week 2: Food, Health, Environment, Lost and Found, Transportation
- Week 3: Family, Appearance, Clothing, Sports, Music, Movies
- Week 4: Countries, Our Planet, Future Plans, Assessment
Our curriculum includes a grammar component, although, in contrast to many language textbooks, the curriculum itself is not organized by grammar topics. Each level of our curriculum is given a set of can-do statements; teachers and students are then able to measure student learning by their ability to complete the can-do statements assigned to each unit. The topics are incorporated into these statements in order to ensure that students learn how to use grammar correctly, and that it’s learned within a meaningful context. For example, the topic of food:
Level I – Students are asked to make and share a list of things they eat everyday (grammar topics would include: present tense, regular and irregular verb conjugations, plural forms of nouns);
Level V – Students are asked to read an authentic newspaper article and explain their understanding of what “ecological footprint” means and the importance of building a sustainable agricultural system.
Culture and language are inseparable. Academy students pursue a variety of activities that enrich their understanding of the places that speak their language. Summer sessions may include prose and poetry workshops, advertising design classes, Chinese calligraphy lessons, musical jam sessions, film productions, small-group cooking classes and studies of the culture behind sports.
Each Academy will make excursions in the local community to explore cultural offerings including art and history museums, state parks, festivals and authentic restaurants. Off-campus trips usually take place on a Saturday or Sunday and may include: local July 4th parade and fireworks, outdoor art tour, local points of interest, visit to Middlebury College, a local museum, visit to a lake, cruise or swim.