Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

CLS has a long history of working with diplomats from foreign ministries around the world. We offer custom and semi-custom language programs on-site or off-site, short & intensive language workshops, distance learning options, and consulting services for ministries and governments.

Instructional Approach

Our diplomat programs incorporate a wide range of field-specific content and terminology through a practical, real-world approach to language and intercultural communications training using a content-based instructional model (CBI).

Content courses and workshops in negotiation, conflict resolution, conference presentation and intercultural communications are integrated with topics such as trade and policy studies, environment and green energy, sustainable development, as well as commerce and social entrepreneurship as part of a comprehensive curriculum.

Customized Training

One-on-one or small groups

These programs offer a fully tailored approach to instruction in which learners can define their program objectives and focus on what they need to reach their professional and personal goals. Programs provide a flexible schedule and open program dates.

Language offerings include critical and emerging economy languages, as well as less commonly taught languages.

Languages offered:

  • English
  • Russian
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Farsi
  • Dari
  • Indonesian
  • Thai

Requirements:

  • 60 hour minimum
  • No minimum language requirement
  • Distance-learning options available

Integrated Academic Program

One-on-one or small groups

This semester- or academic-year-long program is designed for participants with a high level of language proficiency who wish to fine-tune their language skills in simulations and authentic interactions at the graduate level. This program integrates skills-based language instruction with graduate-level content-based coursework such as international policy and diplomacy, trade and commerce, environment and energy, and sustainable development providing participants opportunities to interact with graduate students and faculty who are working directly in the field of diplomacy and international relations.

Languages offered*:

  • English
  • Russian
  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Japanese

*Dual languages may also be possible

Requirements:

  • 1-2 academic semesters
  • Minimum language requirement 80+ TOEFL iBT  or equivalent
  • Small groups must enroll as a group and have similar language levels

Consulting Services

Our consulting services include on-site (in-country) program and curriculum development for private, government and non-profit organizations. We offer: needs assessment, program design, curriculum development, teacher training, and program evaluation. Please contact us for more information.

E-Learning

Our E-learning programs target specific skill sets such as English for Diplomatic Negotiations and Conference Presentation Skills. Online programs such as these can incorporate both independent online coursework (asynchronous), as well as online classroom instruction (synchronous) and serve as useful components to a government training program or a stand-alone experience.