Maren B.Fourth-year Russian, 2014
"My Russian improved astronomically at CLS. In particular, my ability to feel comfortable asking questions and confident in pushing myself to use Russian was what helped me excel and gain the most from my CLS experience. I feel not only prepared for my year of study in Russia, but as though I built the sociocultural tools to address more than simply linguistic and grammatical questions.
CLS was a full immersion experience with amazing professors and classmates, all of whom made the program exceptional. I would highly recommend CLS to anyone interested in advancing or beginning a language."
Hian Y.First-year Japanese, 2014
"Want to master a year's worth of language in 8 weeks? Then CLS is the program for you. Not only is it jam packed with fun activities and events but the instructors are all really friendly and willing to go the extra mile to help the students.
I have never felt so immersed in a language and to see myself improve so drastically. I have also made lifelong friends with my instructors who are all lovely people with a myriad of experiences to offer me. CLS has enriched my life in so many ways. Thank you so much CLS!"
Eileen P.First-year Russian, 2013
“I was truly amazed at the pace we learned in class; my class came in on day one not even knowing the alphabet and by the end, we were having smooth conversations with professors and writing stories. We bonded over our favorite words, and studied together every single night, which was also a perfect environment to rapidly become friends. I'm so glad I came here, and I'd highly recommend that anyone else would, even if they have no prior knowledge of the language.”
Update From Eileen - 6/26/2014
"I just wanted to tell you guys that I placed into the upper-intermediate level of Russian at St. Petersburg Polytechnic for the summer, the only person in my class to have studied less than two years. (Go Beloit instruction!!!) I'm moving into a homestay on Saturday with a woman named Olga, which seems like fate. Thank you again for all of your help and support at Beloit; it's been so fun to put it to use in Russia finally!"
Tom J.First- and Second-year Russian, 2010 and 2011
"Completing CLS is not difficult for a 'non-traditional student.' All you have to do is bring the same work ethic that you bring to your job or career and a commitment to learning the language...no more. I am now having conversations – not just saying 'hello' and 'goodbye' – with Russian-speaking people who cannot speak any English. These same people knew me before I went to the first CLS course, and they are amazed at my progress in learning their (and 'my' new) language. I took German for seven years in high school and college and never attained the ability to speak the language that I have now in Russian after only 16 weeks of CLS.
A whole new life has been opened up to me just because I made a commitment to learning a new language and put forth my normal effort. I now have interests in the Russian-speaking areas of Ukraine and am trying to build more. Beloit College will forever be a part of me, because of the friendships I have made, the high quality of CLS instruction, and the effort I put into learning Russian there."
Will M.Second-, Third-, and Fourth-Year Chinese, 2009-2011
"I'm always amazed when people say they don't have the ability to learn a foreign language. Language learning does not come easily to me, yet I have still been able to get to a high level of proficiency in one of the hardest languages in the world: Chinese.
CLS has some of the best teachers in the world and promotes a learning environment where speaking the language is expected. Although the program is extremely rigorous and you work hard for 2 months, it is also really fun. Even after spending three summers at Beloit CLS, I'm still amazed at how much my speaking ability improves over the eight-week program. Those who are highly motivated to learn a language should definitely come to the Beloit CLS program."
Sital S.First- and Second-year Chinese, 2008 and 2009
"A week into the program, after 35 plus hours of nothing but Chinese, I found myself at ease. This was not only intriguing and challenging, but also a whole new experience within which I had incredible fellowship with my classmates. We were all in this together, dedicated to learning this artistic and beautiful language.
Beloit College is the perfect environment for learning a language. With its seemingly quiet surroundings, Beloit allows you to focus. Yet with its years of delicate touch with the summer languages program, it has become a force to be reckoned with. I came home after final farewells - in Chinese, of course - and I had a sense of accomplishment not any program could give me besides Beloit's CLS."