In Language Rehearsals for “Segismundo y Compañia”

Rehearsals have been under way for the Spanish Academy’s production of “Segismundo y Compañia” which translates into “Segisumdo and Company” in English. According to teacher Alena Davidoff-Gore, it is a play “that centers around a famous Spanish classic, ‘La Vida es Sueño’ (Life is a Dream), by Pedro Calderónde la Barca. There are four characters, the usher (acomodadora), two members of the audience (los espectadores) and an actor (el actor). The students share each role, so that each student has a part in the play.”

Fun is in the Cards for Spanish Academy

Anyone who ventured past Walker Beach last night would have heard the excitement that was the Spanish Academy’s Casino Night! Aside from playing card games, students enjoyed the beautiful California evening and the sounds of everything from Shakira to Dierks Bentley. This, of course, led to some impromptu salsa dancing- it being the Spanish Academy after all! It was truly one of the liveliest events put on so far with both students and staff joining in the fun.

-Lindsay Call, Pomona Program Assistant
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Food For Thought: Dining at Pomona

While on campus, the daily trips to Frary Dining Hall (aka “Hogwarts”) are always a major highlight. The food has been a big hit among students with the wide variety of choice available. A typical lunch, for instance, allows students to choose from an extensive salad bar, fresh fruit, a made-to-order burger grill, pizza, soup and other meal options such as burritos, quesadillas, stir fry, baked potatoes, chicken, beef and fish.

Saturday Night Fever

Yesterday marked the beginning of the first weekend here at MMLA Swarthmore. The students were treated to many various activities and events throughout the day and night as well as some much deserved down time mixed in. Here is what some of our staff had to say:

The Spanish Academy traveled to Tierra Colombiana, a restaurant in Philadelphia that specializes in food from Colombia and around the Caribbean. The menu included:

Learning about Fishing in Comillas

We had the opportunity to visit a plant that processes shellfish (mussels and clams) special thanks to Juan, the person in charge of our guided plant tour. 

 After the visit, we had a short hike by the coast with Aitor our guide. You will see him explaining the group stories about the sea and sharing with us his expertise on birds.

-Alejandro Saravia
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Arabic Academy Update (Yallah Yallah Arabiya!) (يلا يلا عربية)

The students in the Arabic Academy have been quite busy over the past day!

C’est Le Week-end!

It’s the weekend! For the students at MMLA, that means the schedule is a bit different: no academic classes. This leaves more free time for the Académie de français to bond with their fellow students and their animateurs, or the French RAs.  

Start the Day the Beijing Way

Each morning our RA’s kick off the day with the morning assembly, where they convey important information to our students without using English. What results is a spectacular display of classic language pledge communication methods, including skits, hand motions and a lot of charades. Students must watch and listen very carefully to put together the Chinese they are hearing and the movements of the RA’s to get important pieces of information that they will need for the day. 

Getting to Know Comillas by Treasure Hunting

Today, Comillas Academy students familiarized themselves with the village and people of Comillas through a treasure hunt called Gymkhana. 

-Alejandro Saravia
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Activities in Every Language!

Activity time once again comes to the MMLA Pomona campus, and with so many different in language options to choose from, it’s hard to imagine how anyone could not find something that interests them.

Sitting outside their dorm, a group of French students wrote different short stories, while inside the dorm more students made friendship bracelets in the common room.

On the other side of campus, a group of students from the Chinese Academy hit the sand for a game of beach volleyball.


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