Registration open for MTSU Summer Language Institute

Learn to converse in a foreign language in just a week this summer through fun courses again offered at Middle Tennessee State University.

Registration is open for the 13th annual Summer Language Institute. The classes are taught by MTSU’s Center for Accelerated Language Acquisition, or CALA, which is the language-training center of the MTSU Honors College.

This year’s institute offers five-day accelerated language courses for residents age 13 and up in Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish and Tamil (a popular language in India). The courses target those new to a language or those wanting to sharpen their current foreign language skills.

The first courses begin in late May, with courses offered periodically through mid-August. For a full schedule, costs, registration and to view a video, go to and click on the “See Our Classes” button.

Classes are held in the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building. A searchable campus parking map is available at

CALA has spent more than a decade researching how the brain learns language best with the experts in the field of psychology and brain research, according to Dr. Shelley Thomas, an associate professor of foreign language and founder and director of the institute.

Research shows the best way to learn a language is the same way you learned your native language — with lots of hands-on methods that are enjoyable and take place in a fun, low-stress atmosphere using movement, songs, games and stories.

Thomas noted that while the institute frequently teaches students who are “completely new” to a language, some beginning students who go through two of the five-day courses “have tested out of anywhere from one to four semesters of college-level language classes” on MTSU’s foreign language placement test. One student was so impressed with the results and affordable costs, he actually took three different languages in one summer, she said.

“The classes are fun and effective, so students are highly motivated to continue their language study,” Thomas said.

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