ABSTRACT: The Experiment in International Living, an educational exchange organization, initiated intensive language courses in 1964 as part of its programs in an attempt to increase communication between American participants and their hosts overseas. Since oral communication is the primary goal, the audiolingual approach was adopted to train the ear and tongue and teach basic language patterns so that the student can control a minimal vocabulary to express a variety of needs. Because of the paucity of materials, The Experiment is developing audiolingual texts with correlated tapes in various languages. Native speakers teach and supervise language laboratories at The Experiment's School for International Training. Well-trained teachers, motivated participants, intensive courses, good methods and materials, and the urgency to learn create optimum learning conditions. Language progress is measured at the end of the program. Recognizing that language training adds a new dimension to the overseas experience, The Experiment adds new languages to its programs each year. The ability to communicate allows the participant to develop closer relationships, a more rapid adjustment to and greater appreciation of the host culture.