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French Academy Experiences Polynesian Dance

French Academy students were greeted in traditional Polynesian fashion as they entered the pavilion for their evening showcase of Polynesian dancing. The dances that were performed are traditionally from French-speaking areas of the Pacific. Aside from being entertaining, the evening focused on teaching French Academy students about Polynesian culture and about how widely French is spoken. As a whole, the event was a relaxing break from the usual hectic nature of MMLA and left audience members dreaming of islands in the sun.

-Lindsay Call, Program Assistant

Sound of Music: Chinese Academy Uses Tunes to Learn

Whether you’ve studied Mandarin for ten years, or have never heard Chinese in your life, music is a medium that seems to bring everyone together. After a long day inside and outside of the classroom, there is no better way to bring the day to a close than through song. We’re just a little over a week in and have a vast repertoire of original material, which range in topics from weather to daily greetings.

French Academy Updates!

We noticed (as have you!) that the French Academy deserved some TLC on our blog. And here it comes in photographic form!

Classroom Perspective

I had the pleasure of visiting various classes this morning to observe the students in their own learning environment. I was able to see all three academies in action and was surprised at the level of comprehension in each class! I was very impressed by how all of the students were incredibly engaged in what each teacher was presenting and everyone seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves as well. 

Important Information for Swarthmore Academy 2014

In case family members missed it previously, we are including important information on the Swarthmore Academy below. Please keep this for your records and reach out with any questions or concerns!

SWARTHMORE ACADEMY PROGRAM ADDRESS
MMLA Program- Student Name

Language Academy
Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA  19081

DAILY CONTACT

MMLA Office Telephone: 610-957-6296  (7:30 AM-10:30 PM Eastern Time)

Big Moves: Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) at Swarthmore

In one of our afternoon activities, students learned  about Chinese Chess orxiangqi in today’s class with Xie Laoshi! From pao to bing to ma and ju, we learned how to hold our own against the best! Whether in China or beyond, this classic game is a past time that we’ll now all be able to enjoy!

Bon Voyage! The French Academy Goes Traveling

As today’s theme was traveling, we started off the day in morning assembly with a guessing game involving various francophone countries and territories. The most difficult part for the students to figure out was certainly La Nouvelle Caledonie, despite its being the home of Etienne, our language director. The day ended with a similar activity as the evening assembly included a student-organized game in which spectators had to figure out what film was being discussed based on a number of hints.

Weekend Excursion to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

When you hear Beijing, there are two places sure to come to mind: Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. For our first weekend in Beijing we decided to bring the students to these incredible sights as a great way to understand Chinese history and culture.

ELECTION DAY - Who Will Be the next President?

Our students are learning about Spanish politics. Continuing to gain a deeper understanding of Spanish culture and language, our students held elections to vote for their “president” in the morning assembly.

-Alejandro Saravia
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