Teachers are part of a community that creates an intensive four-week immersion program for middle and high school students each summer. Located on two campuses in Vermont, Middlebury Interactive Languages Summer Academy offers students the opportunity to study Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, or Spanish with skilled language educators. Teachers teach the target language, cultures, and literature via the Middlebury Immersion Methodology. Classes at the Academy are designed to be task-based, interactive, learner-centered, and experiential for students. All courses and daily events are conducted in the target language. A typical teaching load consists of 3 hours of daily language classes. Teachers are also responsible for significant co-curricular programming leadership as well as teaching a project-based Cultural Exploration class.
At the Academy, students learn via a specially designed Summer Academy Immersion Curriculum. All instructional staff are required to participate in pre-season curriculum training to understand the educational mission and vision and to master and implement the immersion curriculum by adopting and practicing the Middlebury Immersion Methodology. All staff and students adopt the Middlebury Language Pledge™, modified as needed for the student age group and language level so that a full immersion environment is created.
Plan and Prepare Responsibilities:
- Participate in pre-season curriculum training led by the Language Director.
- Plan daily classes following the guidelines stipulated in the Summer Academy Immersion Curriculum by working with the Language Director and fellow peers. Sometimes, team teaching is required.
- Plan Cultural Exploration classes that address the Immersion Curriculum guidelines, and are appealing and age appropriate for the students.
- Plan co-curricular programming and activities that support the goals of the Immersion Curriculum.
Instruct and Support Student Engagement in Learning Responsibilities:
- Implement the Immersion Curriculum in daily language classes.
- Teach effective, engaging Cultural Exploration classes.
- Lead co-curricular programming and activities.
- Create a positive and safe community for learning.
- Mastery of teaching in target language—create level appropriate lesson plan with clear objectives and implement it via a student-centered methodology.
- Include authentic materials in teaching and design effective authentic materials in teaching and design effective authentic material activities for learning.
- Include form-based inductive grammar learning activities in the classroom.
Reflect and Adjust Responsibilities:
- Allow class observations and participate in coaching sessions conducted by Language Director.
- Maintain an open-minded and positive attitude towards Language Director’s hands-on coaching and make instructional adjustments as needed to ensure classes are delivered via the Middlebury Immersion Methodology.
- Participate in Academy programming.
- Work to continually maintain a high-quality summer Academy through interaction, participation and visibility throughout the program.
- Support the Language Pledge.
- Communicate professionally and effectively to parents, students and other staff.
- Provide meaningful feedback to students.
- Work with other faculty, staff, and site administrators to create a successful Academy.
- Complete evaluations, reports and other documentation in a timely manner.
- Maintain comprehensive knowledge and utilization of the Academy policies and procedures to create a safe, supportive, rewarding environment for students and staff.