Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The Summer MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds

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MIIS Spotlight Megan Conner Video

Watch Megan Conner's Middle Eastern dance in "The Summer MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds."

August 13, 2014

Megan Conner

The many fun activities offered as part of the Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) were Megan Conner's favorite part of the experience. She is a student at East Tennessee State University, double-majoring in English and Political Science, with a focus on Middle Eastern Studies. She came to the Monterey Institute for SILP to study Arabic, in order to aid her understanding of the Middle East.

Over the course of the 8-week program, Megan enjoyed trying her hand at cooking Middle Eastern dishes, writing calligraphy, learning different Arabic dialects, and dancing.

All of the clubs emphasized culture and language together. For example, in her dance club, the instructor taught the dance movements in Arabic, so Megan both learned a new dance and had the opportunity to apply her Arabic language skills to a specific task. Her group performed their dance in the annual SILP talent show, and they were a big hit.

As Megan says, "You don't just learn language; you also learn the culture, which helps you learn the language even more—because it's fun."

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"The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds" features a different student each week from a range of degree programs offered at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In these short videos, the students elaborate on topics such as why they chose to come to MIIS, what has surprised them about the Monterey Institute, what kinds of cool things they've been involved in—both on and off campus, and more.

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