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Painting, Extreme Napping and Presentations

Today was another eventful day at the Summer Academy in Poultney, Vermont! Students participated in many activities both in and outside of class.

Some highlights of the day included a new activity called "extreme napping" and the Arabic Academy's Evening Assembly in which groups of students performed skits, songs and dances for their peers to enjoy! These assemblies usually take place once a week in each academy and provide a platform for students and teachers to share their learning with one another. 

The Pre-Celebration and A Typical Sunday Schedule

Sundays are for sleeping in and taking advantage of one last day of rest before the busy week begins. And that is exactly what occurred at Green Mountain College this morning. Students and staff alike spent the day enjoying the beautiful weather and catching up with their friends. 

The Language Pledge® and Classes Start!

Today is the first full day that members of the Academy will be in their target languages, as they have all agreed to The Language Pledge®, which binds them to no longer use English as a form of communication. Most students seem to be both excited and nervous about their journey ahead, as it will be extremely rewarding as well as challenging.

Improving Language Acquistion & Learning via Music

To many people across the globe, music is an important part of everyday life. Whether Flamenco in Sevilla, opera in Milan, techno in Munich or American pop in Los Angeles, music brings people together and helps define unique cultures.

Why the Vermont World Language Initiative Matters

In 2013, Middlebury Interactive Languages joined forces with Middlebury College to create the Vermont World Language Initiative, which provides 29 Vermont schools with access to MIL courses and free professional development, subsidized by Middlebury College, for teachers. Both Middlebury Interactive Languages and Middlebury College saw the Initiative as a great chance to expand world language education to more Vermont students.

The Journey to Becoming Multilingual: Why Stop at Learning Just One World Language?

Having grown up in a strictly Spanish-speaking household, learned French in high school and now Arabic in college, I believe I have come to know a thing or two about the challenges and benefits to learning multiple languages. The advantage of studying French as a bilingual speaker of Spanish and English was substantial, but nothing compared to learning Arabic during college. Here is the story of how I managed to become multilingual.

Three World Language Myths Debunked

As the Dean of Students in the Upper School at Carolina Day School in Asheville, North Carolina, one of the joys of my job is that I am exposed to a world of fascinating, new excuses on a daily basis.  
“Of course I was on time this morning!”
“I thought this was ok for the dress code!”
"I didn’t think the teacher would mind that I was snap-chatting in class!”

Spanish Is the Language of the Future

It is hard for me to talk about the future of Spanish without brandishing the usual arsenal of maps, statistics and census projections. Luckily, these factoids are usually at my fingertips, so without further ado, I will lay them out for you here in all their glory.

Could Portuguese Be the Language of the Future?

Middlebury Interactive Languages currently offers programs in five world languages, Spanish, French, German, Latin and Chinese. The first four of these are the cornerstones of a traditional American world language curriculum, descended from our country’s ethnic heritage and a century of American international politics. 

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