Lesson Topics: language learning, immersion
Skill Focus: Speaking, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Approximate Class Time: 1.25 hours
Lesson Plan Download: middlebury-language-schools-advanced-032023.docx
- After warm-up questions, students watch the start (5:53 minutes worth) of a YouTube video introducing Middlebury Language Schools. Note that the narrator speaks fairly quickly and has a BrE accent. After the video, students read a short passage about the school.
- Post-reading activities include comprehension questions and a pair-work activity in which students use vocabulary from the video to ask each other questions.
- The lesson is followed by two role-plays related to attending Middlebury.
- All lessons come with warm-up questions, vocabulary questions, and discussion questions.
ADVANCED (C1/C2) ESL Lesson on Middlebury Language Schools
Warm-up Questions (Pair Work)
- How long have you been studying English? Do you feel that you are improving?
- To learn a language, do you think immersion (learning in an environment where only that language is used) is necessary?
- What strategies have you found to be most effective for learning English?
- What language-learning resources do you find most helpful?
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Follow-up question answers:
- The catch is that you may forget your own native language.
- He means that it is a stressful and difficult experience. Because it is a shared experience, it could have value because enduring difficulties with others can bring you closer together.
- That ‘certain something’ is a punishing experience that will humble your ego.
- He describes it as very diverse. There are professionals, social workers, and people from all sectors of society.
- Intensive programs seem to work for lower levels, though they may not be as effective for helping students make similar progress at higher levels.
Vocabulary answers: 1-d, 2-g, 3-e, 4-j, 5-b, 6-k, 7-L, 8-h, 9-a, 10-i, 11-f, 12-c
- [i] https://www.middlebury.edu/language-schools/
- [ii] https://carla.umn.edu/immersion/documents/ImmersionResearch_TaraFortune.html#:~:text=Even%20in%20high%2Dperforming%20immersion%20programs%2C%20advancing%20students%27%20second%20language%20proficiency%20beyond%20the%20intermediate%20levels%20remains%20a%20much%20sought%20after%20end%20goal
- [iii] https://www.reddit.com/r/languagelearning/comments/70wfbv/the_ultimate_review_of_middleburys_summer/