Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Middlebury Institute graduate students in the Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) degree are part of an internationally recognized program that is training today’s leaders in language teaching.

Our Language Teaching Program

The Teaching Foreign Language program is intentionally designed to share faculty and courses with the MA in TESOL, so students take the majority of their classes together and benefit directly from collaboration across languages. The three-semester program allows you to significantly increase your understanding of methodology, theory, and research; strengthen your practical skills; and expand your career opportunities. Our graduates are prepared for rewarding leadership positions in the various fields of language education.

Our three-semester TFL curriculum equips language teachers with the skills and expertise to facilitate language learning in the U.S. and abroad. Career-oriented specializations can be added in a fourth semester.

Your Language of Study

We provide professional preparation for all languages, but most commonly offer training for careers focused on Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. We have two degree offerings with the Middlebury Language Schools: an MA in Chinese with a focus on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language and an MA in Arabic with a focus on Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language.


Our program will give you the skills and expertise to set yourself apart as your language education career begins. Our alumni are teachers, program directors, curriculum developers, assessment specialists, and teacher educators in the U.S. and around the world. They work at adult education centers, universities, community colleges, K–12 schools, and other language education programs. Many of our alumni have also gone on to PhD programs at prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Oxford, and Georgetown.

Advanced Entry

If you have completed course work in applied linguistics or language teacher education, you may be eligible for our advanced entry degrees. These require fewer credits to graduate, giving you greater flexibility to take more electives or complete a specialization in three semesters instead of four.


Unlike other schools, we offer students the opportunity to add a career-oriented specialization to their required TFL courses:

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Both TESOL and TFL students have opportunities to put theory into practice through language education internships and professional experiences both here on campus and around the world. Opportunities include the following:


Founded by students in 2009, BUILD offers free beginning-level classes in any language. The program helps TESOL and TFL students hone their teaching skills in an informal, low-pressure environment.

Options for Peace Corps Service

Interested students can integrate Peace Corps service into their degree.


There are multiple teaching and tutoring opportunities on campus in our Summer Intensive Language Programs, Custom Language Services, and the graduate writing center.

Leo van Lier Lecture Series

The Institute attracts highly respected speakers in applied linguistics and in language education, including linguistic anthropologist Shirley Brice Heath, second-language education expert Roy Lyster, and Hispanic linguistics specialist Kim Potowski.

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