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Here are most posts from our Beijing Academy students!

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Visit to the Inquisition Exhibit

In sorting out the who's who of the unification of Spain that ensued from the marriage of Isabella and Ferdinand, MMLA students from level 4 went straight to the source at a Sephardic Palace in the heart off Granada's Albaycin, and learned about the expulsion of non-Catholics in 1492 and what life was like for those who decided to stay and convert to Catholicism. For many students, a Menorah with the heart of Mary added to it, was the first time they'd heard the term "syncretism".

Communicating through music and dance!

Our students at the academy are making huge strides communicating using Spanish everywhere and at anytime. But that's not the only way they are getting to know each other.... They are also using music and dance to express themselves here at the academy! Last week, they had a weeklong cultural exploration class, Baile Latino, where they learned Latin dances, such as merengue, bachata, salsa and cumbia. These kids quickly learned how fun it is to dance with a partner and they showcased what they learned on one of the academic assemblies on Thursday evening....

Costume Party 2

From Costume Party #1

Costume party at MMLA—let your imagination run free! #1

On Friday we had our first costume party and contest at MMLA Granada, and it was a complete success! Every residential group had been meeting from Monday to work on the costume and prepare a performance…their work and lack of siesta definitely paid off.

The Art of Gastronomy

Cultural exploration classes: Beyond language learning

 

Back at it!

After the relaxing weekend and an eventful Independence Day, students returned to their normal schedules today—classes, meals, exploration courses and afternoon activities with the REs.

However, this return to the regular schedule didn’t come with a decrease in enthusiasm; in fact, students were even more ready to get back to their full-time studies this week than they were when they arrived last week. 

In classes today, students picked up right where they left off: calligraphy, Chinese vocabulary, Chinese dance, conversational practice and much more!

L' Académie française aujourd'hui!

Today, students resumed their typical schedules—classes, meals, exploration courses and afternoon activities.

Although, today wasn’t completely normal, for the RE-led afternoon activities included two new occurrences: pool time and a trip to downtown Burlington! In including these, the REs are making sure that the activities don't get too monotonous for the students.

Students at the pool had the chance to cool off in the water for about an hour—or, in some cases, get a bit of lap-swimming in for exercise.

A Dive into the History Surrounding Québec!

For the students in Québec, a vast majority of the learning that they do happens outside of the classroom. Though the classes are crucial to developing their language skills, the real test and time to improve is when they apply their French skills out on the streets, speaking with native speakers of the language.

Yesterday, all of the students boarded a bus for downtown Québec for their tour of the Citadelle—a cultural excursion. The Québec Citadel National Historic Site of Canada is a 19th-century fortress located on Cap Diamant in the centre of Québec City.

Meet the Chinese Language Director: Tong Chen

“If a thing’s worth doing, it is worth doing well.”—Chinese Proverb

Tong Chen, the Director of the Chinese Academy, embodies this philosophy to the fullest extent possible.

Tong Chen was born in Fujian, China, where she spent the entirety of her childhood. Later on, she attended Xiameng University, which is also located in Fujian, China. While there, she studied economics and linguistics, concentrating predominantly in English language and literature studies.

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