Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP), Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Since 1955, the Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies has offered foreign language students an intensive and supportive environment that creates opportunities to gain a solid foundation or improve overall proficiency in a language.



About the Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP)

The Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) provides an intensive language learning environment for motivated foreign language students. Our SILP instructors are highly committed and seek to instill in their students an appreciation of the target language and culture.

  • Beginning, intermediate and advanced level programs*
  • Average class size is 10 students
  • 8-week session
  • 4.5 hours per day of classroom instruction (9:00AM to 12:00PM and 1:00PM to 2:30PM)


In addition to in-class study, students are expected to spend an additional 3-5 hours per night on homework in order to acquire and understand the grammar, nuances, and thinking processes behind the language.



Co-curricular Activities

All of our language classes emphasize language acquisition in a cultural context and have a strong focus on communication. In addition to in-class instruction led by native or near native speakers with extensive teaching experience, the program also gives students access to tutors who provide additional opportunities for language practice.


In order to enable students to learn more about the language and the culture of their target language, the Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) provides students with a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. These activities, which often include field trips, give students the chance to experience the culture and practice the language in an authentic setting.


Languages offered: Arabic, Chinese, Russian, French, and Spanish


For more information about this summer program, please visit the Middlebury Institute's website.