German Language Academy

German Language Academy

Learn German at our immersive summer language program for teens.

The German language Academy is open to rising 8th-12th grade students, from beginners to advanced German speakers. No matter your background or prior German studies, if you are committed to learning the German language and speaking German 24/7, you will dramatically improve your language skills at the Academy.

For summer 2017, join us at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, for a U.S.-based immersion program in German. During the four-week program, students take part in small classes, creative projects, sports and live performances—all in German. 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 of the German Academy 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 German?

Aside from being a world leader in science, technology and engineering, Germany is the second largest exporter in the world with the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest economy worldwide. German is one of the 10 most spoken languages in the world, and is the primary official language in six economically powerful nations. Germany is also home to many important international corporations, making German a useful language to learn when considering entering a profession filled with global career opportunities. If you love soccer, music (from classical to metal), cars and gummy bears, studying German is for you!

“It's so much easier to learn German in an immersion environment where you can begin to think and dream in the language. After awhile, it's not a translating process anymore. It just becomes natural.”

Kalista, German Academy Student

Experience German Culture

At the German Academy, you'll spend the summer with other students, gaining an appreciation for German language and culture through cuisine, art, history, dress, dance and politics. For German language students, cultural exploration may include:

  • Discovering German cinema, comic book culture and crafts.
  • Cooking German cuisine and creating specialties like Gingerbread and pastries.
  • Exploring the history of the Berlin Wall.
  • Playing popular games, such as Mau Mau, Kubb or soccer.
  • Learning traditional German dance.
  • Visiting Middlebury Colleges’s German Language School, where you might act or sing in German at a master class, peek behind the scenes at the school’s radio station or attend a world-class performance hosted by the German School.

When cultural opportunities are available nearby, we find a way to engage with the local community, as well as bring that community to you.