Business Wire: Middlebury Interactive Languages, Qatar Foundation International Partner to Increase Pipeline of Arabic Speakers in U.S.

MIDDLEBURY, Vkkt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Celebrating National Foreign Language Week, Middlebury Interactive Languages™ announced today that it received a grant from QFI to provide up to 16 student scholarships for the 2017 Arabic Summer Academy at St. Michaels College in Burlington, VT. The four-week immersion program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to accelerate Arabic language learning and cultural understanding utilizing principles of Middlebury College’s Language Schools’ renowned world language curriculum.

Middlebury Interactive Languages and QFI are working together to increase the pipeline of Arabic speakers in the United States. Although Arabic is the fifth most spoken world language and has been designated as a “critical language” by the U.S. Department of State, currently less than one percent of all high school students enrolled in a foreign language are studying Arabic.

“Today, more than ever, it is critical for more American students to learn a new language and increase exposure to authentic cultural experiences,” said Amy Kluber, Director, Summer Language Academies. “The academy delivers a one-of-a-kind Arabic learning experience for these students and helps them create deeper connections to Arabic speakers and cultures around the world.”

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