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Tong Chen: Captured???

This morning, the Chinese Academy was ambushed: Tong Chen—the Academy’s Language Director—was kidnapped and captured by the French Academy!

For those who didn’t see the “BREAKING NEWS” post, the French Academy ambushed and surprised everyone when they captured Tong Chen in the middle of the Chinese Academy’s morning assembly.

It was—in every sense—a defeat on the side of the Chinese Academy. The French now have the upper hand!

Today's Student Updates from the Beijing Academy!

Read today's student posts from the Beijing Academy!

 

Annabelle

At the beginning of the month long program, all of the students are required to fill out and sign a number of different forms, promising to accept and abide by the MMLA ‘s rules and regulations. One of the documents is the language pledge.

Student Updates from the Beijing Academy!

Read these recent posts from our Beijing Academy students!

 

Oliver

Fourth of July at Burriana Beach

When we talk about the Fourth of July we think of summer, fireworks, barbecues, parades family and friends. We are reminded of how much fun summer really is and how lucky we are to be able to celebrate this holiday in the United States. This year our Fourth of July strayed away from our traditional barbecue and fireworks. It was, however, still filled with food, fun and sun!

East vs. West: What about it?

Can you analyze the cultural differences between the Eastern and Western Worlds? Better yet, can you discuss this topic...all in Chinese?

Here at St. Michael’s, students from the Chinese Academy can.

In an interesting twist on a lesson, students today discussed the differences that face these two separate hemispheres of the world. More notably, however, the students learned that these stark contrasts—some of which have led to certain levels of animosity between these hemispheres—shouldn’t separate the cultures. Instead, they should unify them.

Bastille Day Eve

It’s Bastille Day Eve for the students of the French Academy here at St. Michael’s. And, without a doubt, there is excitement in the air.

As of right now, the students and teachers of the French Academy are scheming about and planning ways of how they can make their mark on Bastille Day....stay tuned and check back tomorrow to hear about how they glorified their celebration of France’s National Day! Vive la France! 

Bailando con Kristina

¡La clave, mi gente! Salseros si llaman, ¡yo vengo! In our dance workshop so far we have learned the basic steps of salsa and bachata so that we may dance with our friends whenever we wish — in the hallway, on the streets, at home, or at a fiesta. We have delved into the origins of salsa and bachata and their differing styles in Spanish-speaking countries and within the United States.

More Student Blog Posts!

Here are most posts from our Beijing Academy students!

Amanda

Visit to the Inquisition Exhibit

In sorting out the who's who of the unification of Spain that ensued from the marriage of Isabella and Ferdinand, MMLA students from level 4 went straight to the source at a Sephardic Palace in the heart off Granada's Albaycin, and learned about the expulsion of non-Catholics in 1492 and what life was like for those who decided to stay and convert to Catholicism. For many students, a Menorah with the heart of Mary added to it, was the first time they'd heard the term "syncretism".

The weekend is here!

It’s Saturday! And you know what that means...rest!

After a full week of classes, students earned a well-deserved day of rest, in which they had the chance to catch up on sleep and relax with their friends.

Although there were no classes being held today, there were still several activities going on around the campus. Here is a brief overview of some of them:

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