Modern Languages & Literatures' intensive introductory language program is one of the striking features of the Kenyon curriculum and has received special attention in Fiske's and other college guides.
The Kenyon Intensive Language Model (KILM), which includes two hours of daily instruction, aims to immerse students in the target language and culture. The consistent use of the target language, combined with a dramatic, active, and contextual approach to learning and the opportunity to work with trained student Apprentice Teachers (ATs) in small practice sessions, facilitates the teaching of one and a half to two years of college-level language instruction in one year.
All 111-112 introductory courses are taught through KILM, an approach that compresses beginning and intermediate materials into one year. KILM classroom activities aim to dispel inhibitions and encourage communication. For each meeting with the professor (typically four times per week in both 111 and 112), there is an Apprentice Teacher session with a group of approximately eight students. Apprentice Teacher sessions are arranged when the class first meets with the professor. Some middle-level courses numbered 213-214, along with 321, meet for a fourth hour with an Apprentice Teacher.