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Making the Most of the Day Off

On this warm, sunny Sunday at St. Michael’s, students had another day off from academic study. All students were happy to have one more restful day before the adventures of the week commence.

As bells rang and a cool breeze flew through the air, a level of energy similar to yesterday's was found on St. Michael’s campus. Students partook in several activities and enjoyed the picturesque weather as they grouped together for games of soccer and frisbee.

A day to unwind, relax and recharge

Today, students and staff had a very much-needed day of rest, in which they all had the chance to catch up on sleep, enjoy the weather or get ahead on work for next week.

Students took part in a wide array of activities, ranging from creating videos to room decorating activities. The purpose of these activities, however, was the same: Keep the students speaking in the target language, while still giving them a needed break from academic study.

Rainy Weather; Fun Day!

As the saying goes, “The third time’s a charm.”

As French Academt students finish their third day here at the Academy, it’s fair to say that most students have acclimated to their new schedules and daily routines. With a common trajectory of meals, classes, and activities—students are now in the “loop” of everything that’ll be happening.

Today, students completed their last sets of classes before the weekend break. Here’s a brief rundown of what transpired in a few classes:

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.

24 Hours of French—Wow!

Here at the French Academy, students are exposed to awareness.

The purpose of education, as defined by J. Krishnamurti—a renowned author and speaker on humanitarian matters—is to, “Think freely, without fear, without a formula, so that you begin to discover for yourself what is real and what is true.”

"This is the Moment"

The world is no longer quiet here at St. Michael’s College—instead, it’s filled with conversation, laughter and dedicated students. Today marks the first full day for the students at the French Academy.

There was no room for a pause from yesterday’s business, for the classes began today immediately following breakfast. Divided by the students’ language skills, French Academy students poured into each classroom ready to take on all that the teachers have in store for them.

Un, deux, trois, QUEBEC!

Students are in Québec City, and ready to speak and live French! After a restful night and a day of icebreaker activities with their Residential Educators (REs), our young francophiles officially jumped into their new adventure.

In a beautiful ceremony officiated by Feray Baskin, the Language Director, our students who were dressed to the nines, signed the long awaited Language Pledge®. They are now officially expected to speak French at all times, except when they make weekly phone calls home.

The Storm: Student Arrival Day!

The day has finally come: French and Chinese Academy students have landed at St. Michael's College for four weeks of language immersion.

Buzzing in the air today was a combination of excitement, nerves, and curiosity—yet, even with these nerves flowing through the minds of students from both Academies, they still managed to skip the awkward introductions and go right to friendship.

Monsieur Sainsily: Qui est-il?

“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.”Aristotle

Here at St. Michael’s, this philosophy stands strong. The blending of personalities of teachers from all over the country allows for a committed, intellectual, and captivating staff—all of whom have an unwavering passion for foreign languages and cultures.

Today, the Director of the French Academy—David Sainsily—sat down for an interview, in which he answered questions on his educational and personal background, and, also, on his role outside of the Academy.

The Calm Before the Storm

The world is quiet here at St. Michael’s College -- yet, nevertheless, filled with much anticipation in the days approaching the official start of Middlebury Interactive’s Chinese and French Language Academies.

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