Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Individuals & Small Groups

CLS designs and delivers on-demand custom language and cross-cultural communications training programs for internationally-minded professionals from various industries and sectors.

Design Your Own Program

Custom Language Services (CLS) offers a fully customized approach to language and cross-cultural instruction for individuals and small groups. Flexible schedules and program dates accommodate the needs of professionals. Our programs specialize in field-specific language instruction with content built around the professional communication needs of the client. Coursework focuses on learner-identified skill sets such as public speaking, presentation, formal and informal written and oral communication, negotiation, and the language of diplomacy.

  • Multiple languages
  • Most levels
  • Learner-identified curricular focus
  • Authentic field-specific materials
  • Flexible program dates, length, and intensity
  • Curriculum and in-house program development services available


Our Monterey programs can be set up year-round and can be arranged to begin as soon as three weeks from the time an application is received, although more notice is highly recommended for summer study. Total program length (with a 60 hour minimum) and scheduling are also flexible, ensuring that your program matches your needs.

Class Structure

Classes are usually arranged in two-hour blocks, 2-6 hours per day with a 10-minute break each hour. Less intensive programs are also possible. For the intensive programs, learners will work with a team of instructors. Classes are taught using a content-focused communicative approach to language study (unless otherwise requested) and programs are developed using a variety of techniques and media, as well as the inclusion of terminology specific to the learners professional field or area of interest.

Languages Offered

CLS is prepared to conduct individual or small group programs in most requested languages (inquire about languages not listed below):

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Farsi
  • Dari
  • Pashto

* Dual language programs are also available. Ask for details.

Custom Programs

The following are examples of custom programs designed and delivered in a one-on-one or small group format. These programs were developed around field and industry-specific contexts with a focus on skills sets specifically requested by the participant(s). 

*Note: the following are not open-enrollment programs 

English for International Business
Program Length and Schedule: Three weeks; 60 hours
Level: High Intermediate
Skill areas: Persuasive language, informal speech/networking and relationship building, expressing opinions, communication skills for conflict management, presentation skills
Industry Context: Technology services (localization); sales

Language for Diplomacy
Dual language: English and Russian
Program Length and Schedule: 10 months; 600 hours
Integrated program: graduate-level language studies coursework and one-on-one tailored instruction with support tutoring
Level: Advanced (both Russian and English)
Skill areas: Content-based instruction focusing on nuclear non-proliferation and energy policy
Industry Context: Foreign Relations

Spanish for Agribusiness
Program Length and Schedule: Three weeks; 60 hours
Level: Intermediate
Skill areas: Meetings, communication skills for conflict management, presentation skills, communications for project management
Industry Context: Agriculture

Russian for Commerce
Program Length and Schedule: 6 weeks; 90 hours
Level: High Intermediate
Skill areas: Business meetings, media relations, public speaking, analysis/discussion of business strategy
Industry Context: Banking and Finance

DLPT Assessment Preparation
Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Farsi, Pashtu, Dari,...
Program Length and Schedule: 3-4 week intensive; 80-120 hours
Level: 0, 0+, 1, 1+, 2, 2+, 3, 3+, 4 (ILR)
Skill areas: DLPT 5 assessment categories; receptive and/or productive language skills with field-specific contexts and terminology aligned with military task force training
Industry Context: US Military: Army, Navy, Airforce, Marine Corps

Chinese for Business and Trade 
Online Format
Program Length and Schedule: 500 hours; 16 months
Level: Advanced
Skill areas: High-level discussion in economics and analysis of current events, business meetings, negotiation
Industry Context: Global Consulting

Survival Chinese
Program Length and Schedule: 60 hours; 3 weeks
Level: Beginning
Skill Areas: Survival (taxi, restaurant, shopping), business introductions
Industry Context: Automotive

Spanish for Academics
Program Length and Schedule: 60 hours; 3 weeks
Level: Advanced
Skill areas: Discussion and analysis of international politics, gender affairs, social rights, protest
Industry Context: Academia