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February 17, 2009
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Green Mountain College to Host the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy this Summer

POULTNEY--Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt., will host the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy this summer from June 28-July 25.

Middlebury established an affiliation with the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2005. The Monterey Institute, now in its 50th year, is well known for its curriculum in language teaching, translation and interpretation, and business and global policy. Together, the two institutions bring their combined expertise in language programs to middle and high school students through the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy.

In the month-long program, MMLA students will choose Arabic, Chinese, French or Spanish at various levels. Each language group lives in a language-specific college residence accompanied by bilingual residential counselors and teaching faculty. Over 100 faculty and staff members will be on campus to teach 400 students.

“Students will spend more than 240 hours learning and using the language — that’s more than a year in a regular classroom setting,” says MMLA Language Director Roberto d’Erizans. “We reinforce classroom instruction by making the language part of every aspect of life. We’re also introducing our students to life on a real college campus, which reinforces the message that we are a community dedicated to real learning.”

This is the first year MMLA will hold a summer program at Green Mountain College — GMC offers MMLA students and faculty a stately, bucolic summer home. Besides residence halls and a dining hall that receives a high percentage of its produce from the college’s on-site organic farm, the 155-acre campus includes a 72,000 volume library; athletic facilities including a gym, ropes course, fitness center and athletic fields; and cultural venues including art galleries, the Withey Student Center and Ackley Theatre.

Green Mountain College is a four-year liberal arts college that takes the environment as a unifying theme for its 850 undergraduates in 21 major programs of study. GMC also offers two master's degrees: a master of science in environmental studies and a master of business administration (M.B.A.). Founded in 1834, Green Mountain College is celebrating its 175th anniversary.

Click here for a printable brochure about the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy.


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