Middlebury Interactive Languages has taken principles of language study from Middlebury College and adapted them for a younger audience. They host a month-long, fully immersive Summer Language Academy for teens—students (beginners to advanced) take a pledge to speak in their language of study 24/7. The academy has two locations Stateside, both in Vermont: 8th to 12th graders can study Spanish, German, or Arabic at Green Mountain College; or Chinese and French at Saint Michael’s College. The study abroad programs are located in Beijing, Quebec City, and Granada; and are for high schoolers. Of course, actually traveling abroad adds an entirely different and dynamic cultural experience, but even without leaving the country, the Summer Language Academy provides a first-rate environment for teens looking to become more fluent in another tongue.

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