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!

MMLA Program- Student Name

Language Academy
Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA  19081


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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French and Chinese Academies Enjoy Activity Time

Activity time yesterday was a blast for both the French and Chinese Academies! The French Academy took advantage of the shaded quad near Smith Campus Center and played some games on the lawn. Students hung out and competed as the late afternoon sun streamed through the trees, creating a picturesque scene.

The Chinese Academy opted to stay inside. Working on verbal communication, the students laughed and enjoyed the air conditioning.

A Night at the Theatre: French and Spanish Academies

Last night marked the premiere (for one night and one night only) of the Spanish Academy’s play, “Segismundo y Compañia.” A comedic piece revolving around a hat, the play was uproariously funny and enjoyed by all. Afterwards, the students took to the courtyard outside the theatre and were taught how to dance merengueby two of the Spanish teachers under the setting sun. The synchronization of the entire academy at the end of the night was quite impressive, even with such a short lesson.

Starting the Week Strong

We are off to a great start in our second week at the MMLA Swarthmore College Academy. There has been a great atmosphere around here after last nights Language Pledge® recommitment ceremony. I can see that every student is finding their own way a little each passing day and hopefully this week is no different. Here is what each Academy has been up to thus far:

Arabic Academy Students Celebrate Ramadan

This year, Saturday, June 28 marks the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and the students of the Arabic Academy celebrated accordingly in language. At sundown, the students and teachers who are observing Ramadan broke their fast with Middle Eastern fare catered by a local restaurant enjoying hummus, shawarma, falafel and pickles.


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