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Start the Day the Beijing Way

Each morning our RA’s kick off the day with the morning assembly, where they convey important information to our students without using English. What results is a spectacular display of classic language pledge communication methods, including skits, hand motions and a lot of charades. Students must watch and listen very carefully to put together the Chinese they are hearing and the movements of the RA’s to get important pieces of information that they will need for the day. 

Students Start Their Day the Right Way - Morning Assembly

The morning assembly is a 20-minute slot in the daily schedule (after breakfast and before class) where residential assistants (RAs) present to the students to get them pumped up for the day and excited about learning their target language.

Language Pledge in Beijing

It was a big day for us all in Beijing. After a night’s rest, students were all ready to go for their first day at the MMLA Beijing Academy. They started off with some testing and a taste of classes in the morning. We could tell everyone was having a good time, because we could hear students laughing all the way from our office!

Starting Off on a High Note: Chinese Academy Update

Yesterday’s first day of official activities had many academies starting off on a high note…especially our Chinese Academy participants who collaborated to make a lip-sync music video.

Language Pledge Ceremony

As I entered the building where the Language Pledge ceremonies were taking place, I could immediately feel the excitement bursting through each room. Before even entering the rooms I could hear the cheering and laugher knocking down the doors. Whether it was the French academy singing traditional songs, the Spanish Academy dancing to different Spanish music, or the Chinese Academy running up and down the aisles throwing high fives, the excitement from each of these academies was uncontainable.

Meanwhile...in Beijing

We know that all of our students are probably packing and preparing for an exciting summer in Beijing, but our staff has already touched down and is working hard to make sure everything is ready for students’ arrival. Our office is getting set up, student materials are being prepared, and RAs have even started making hand made dorm signs for each room.

We are all looking forward to meeting all our students soon!
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Welcome to the 2014 Beijing Academy

Dear Beijing Academy Students, 

Our names are Tim Liu and Yuan Gao, and we will be serving as Director of Residential Life and Program Director, respectively, for the Beijing Academy this summer. We are writing today to catch you up on all we have been doing to prepare for what promises to be an amazing language immersion experience. We would also like to take this time to give you an update on what you can expect to experience during this summer’s program.

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