Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Custom Language Services

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At CLS we design customized language and cross-cultural communications training programs  that meet the needs of executives, business consultants, government officials, and individuals.

Language and Cross-Cultural Training for Professionals in Business and Government

Communication skills require nuance, eloquence, and precision. Nations, industries, and in some cases, peoples’ lives depend upon the effectiveness of this communication. We understand the need to use language effectively and appropriately to bridge cultures and make an impact.

Diplomats, government officials, and global executives who can interpret social and linguistic cues, understand the subtleties of a negotiation, and speak dynamically in a second or third language have a considerable advantage over those who cannot.

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Languages Offered

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

Design Your Own Program (in Monterey)

Custom Language Services (CLS) is a fully customized approach to language and cross-cultural instruction. Flexible schedules and program dates accommodate the needs of professionals. Our one-on-one and small group programs specialize in field-specific language instruction. Coursework focuses on learner-identified skill sets such as public speaking, presentation skills, formal and informal written communication skills, negotiation skills, and the language of diplomacy.

  • All levels
  • Individualized one-on-one instruction
  • Small-group instruction
  • Customized curricula
  • Authentic field-specific materials
  • Flexible program dates, length, and intensity
  • Professional, qualified instructors
  • Distance-learning options
  • 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 (beyond a minimum of 60 hours) and scheduling are also flexible, ensuring that your program matches your needs.

Class Structure

Classes are usually arranged in two-hour blocks with a 10-minute break each hour. For the more intensive programs, you will work with a team of instructors. Classes are taught using a 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 your professional field or interest area.

In-House Program Design and Development

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.


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