Polyglots are made, not born. Just do the math...
8 + 12 + 2 = Rapid Language Acquisition
What this means is that in just 8 weeks, participants earn 12 credits and cover the equivalent of 2 years of language study in the French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Tibetan programs. Students enter the SLI with no prior knowledge of the language and exit with intermediate-level proficiency, ready to take on the next challenge whether it's study or travel abroad, 300-level college language courses, or graduate-level research. The 12 credits you earn through SLI satisfies the language requirement at UVa and many other colleges and universities.
8 + 8 + 1 = Success in Chinese and Arabic
The Chinese and Arabic SLI programs yield 8 credits in 8 weeks and cover the equivalent of 1 year of college-level instruction. Two separate levels of instruction are offered. Level 1 targets absolute beginners and moves them through a 101-102 course sequence; Level 2 moves students through a 201-202 course sequence in the eight week period.
4 skills approach x 5 days/week = Communicative Competence
Participants in the Institute attend classes five days a week, up to six hours a day, with additional programming in the evenings. All four communication skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are developed. Rigorous classroom instruction combined with an array of exciting co-curricular activities build both linguistic and cultural competency.
A Community of Learners > Self-Study
A dedicated group of language learners and a talented team of native and near-native teachers come together each summer at the SLI to create a learning community that is greater than the sum of its parts. We welcome applications from advanced high school students (rising juniors and seniors), graduate and undergraduate students, professionals, and members of the local community. Click here to apply.