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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.

Pamplona in Pomona?

The noonday sun was shining brightly over the Pomona campus this past Saturday. Stillness dominated the all movement and sound. Seen coming from the south was the entire Spanish Academy student body. They were preparing to recreate the famous running of the Bulls tradition through a game that pitted RAs against students. The bulls (aka the RAs) equipped with their horn-esque hats stared down the group of students as they prepared to charge.

The students’ mission? Making it from one side of the field to the other without having the orange colored bandana pulled.

Arabic Academy’s Weekend Adventures

We’ve finished our first week here at MMLA and it’s been a fun roller coaster of a ride! On Sunday our students were finally able to relax from their packed schedules and take a trip into town.  Arabic Academy students spent their morning roaming The Village and exploring life outside of Pomona’s campus—a  nice change from the usual dorm, to dining hall, to class, to dorm and to dining hall routine. They enjoyed every moment of it and some of them even bought fresh fruit and veggies from the local farmer market vendors in language!

Beating the Heat: In Language Videos and Pool Time!

It has been hot, hot, hot over the past few days! Thankfully, the Arabic Academy knows how to keep it cool.

Sunday dawned hot and dry. After taking a short trip into town, students started some water balloon wars to cool themselves down. These were as effective as they were fun, and many students ended up soaked!

Teacher Profile - Luis Díaz

Luis is a native of Cantabria who has been living in Denver for 6 years. There, he has been directing the immersion program in Spanish at Denver Montclair International School. He has taught all kinds of subjects in immersion and drama. Before Denver, Luis taught English to Spanish students (Reinosa, Spain) and Spanish to German students (Cologne, Germany). He has also travelled to other countries with his students from Denver and still hosts them through the summer. 

Teacher Profile - Susan Bennitt

Susan earned her BA and MA in Spanish studies from Middlebury College. After living and working as a global advertising executive in Madrid for 25 years, she and her three high school aged daughters moved to Connecticut to pursue educational opportunities.

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