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Starting Off on a High Note: Chinese Academy Update

Yesterday’s first day of official activities had many academies starting off on a high note…especially our Chinese Academy participants who collaborated to make a lip-sync music video.

The Big Bash: Spanish Academy Makes Piñatas

The first official day of activities was definitely a bash for the Spanish Academy. Students there had the unique opportunity to learn how to make piñatas.

Sunny, 75, and Activities Galore!

So many activities…so little time! That seems to be the motto here at MMLA Pomona. Yesterday many of our students chose to gather on Marston Quad to enjoy yet another day of beautiful weather here in sunny Claremont, California.

Arabic Academy students spent their allotted activity time learning and playing new card games. Coordinated by RA Marji, this activity allowed students to focus on their Arabic verbal communication skills (and spend some time getting some fresh air and soaking up Vitamin D outside). 

Tuesday Routine

We are definitely in the swing of things here at Swarthmore. The students have been busy learning their languages and interacting with their newfound friends and teaching staff. Here are some words from the staff on Tuesday’s activities:

Welcome to Beijing!

We are happy to announce that all students attending the 2014 MMLA Beijing Academy have arrived safely! Luckily, there were no real flight issues and even traffic from the airport back to campus was on our side - not very common here in Beijing.

Let It Begin: The Language Pledge Ceremony

It has begun: yesterday evening, all our students proudly (and bravely) signed the Language Pledge, stating that they will communicate solely in their target language!

Language Pledge Ceremony

As I entered the building where the Language Pledge ceremonies were taking place, I could immediately feel the excitement bursting through each room. Before even entering the rooms I could hear the cheering and laugher knocking down the doors. Whether it was the French academy singing traditional songs, the Spanish Academy dancing to different Spanish music, or the Chinese Academy running up and down the aisles throwing high fives, the excitement from each of these academies was uncontainable.

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