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A Day in the Life of a Chinese Academy Student

Students in the Chinese Academy are settling into their daily routine and full language immersion—classes, meals, exploration courses and activities. Students are demonst acting steadfast dedication and an unwavering willingness to push through the challenges that come with a "No English Spoken Here" environment.

Today marks the third day at the Academy—but more notably, the second day of full Chinese immersion. Here’s an overview of what went on in the classes:

Let's Party, en español

On a warm afternoon in Granada, the Academy welcomed a group of Spaniards. The majority of these students were from Granada, although we had visitors from various parts of the region, including a Japanese girl who is finishing up a year-long study abroad program in this city.

Goodbye English → Hello Chinese!

Day Two has surfaced. 

As the first day of full immersion, the campus was slightly quieter than it was in the past couple days—students had to make the transition from talking with their newly-made friends in English to Chinese. It’ll take some time for students to fully acclimate to this new way of life.

24 Hours of French—Wow!

Here at the French Academy, students are exposed to awareness.

The purpose of education, as defined by J. Krishnamurti—a renowned author and speaker on humanitarian matters—is to, “Think freely, without fear, without a formula, so that you begin to discover for yourself what is real and what is true.”

Classes, Games and Pledges—All in One Day

Day One: Complete.

A campus that was once quiet is now one that is buzzing with chatter and filled with a desire to learn. As the first day of the Chinese Academy and French Academy came and went, students were busy from sun-up to sun-down.

Students from the Chinese Academy hopped right into classes. After yesterday’s placement exams, the students were grouped into specific classes based on their current skills in the language.

"This is the Moment"

The world is no longer quiet here at St. Michael’s College—instead, it’s filled with conversation, laughter and dedicated students. Today marks the first full day for the students at the French Academy.

There was no room for a pause from yesterday’s business, for the classes began today immediately following breakfast. Divided by the students’ language skills, French Academy students poured into each classroom ready to take on all that the teachers have in store for them.

In a Village Called Granada

Welcome to Granada!

Believe it or not, we are now here working at full speed. Our participants arrived on Sunday after a long flight to Madrid. The Program Director and other staff members of Middlebury Interactive and IES, our partner in Granada, greeted them.

After that, we took a bus that followed part of the route that “Don Quijote” chose a few centuries ago. Everybody was tired but happy! Along the way, we had a short stop to eat a light breakfast, to finally arrive to Granada.

The Storm: Student Arrival Day!

The day has finally come: French and Chinese Academy students have landed at St. Michael's College for four weeks of language immersion.

Buzzing in the air today was a combination of excitement, nerves, and curiosity—yet, even with these nerves flowing through the minds of students from both Academies, they still managed to skip the awkward introductions and go right to friendship.

¡Bienvenido!

Greetings from Middlebury Interactive Languages at the Villa de la Montaña Verde!

I am Clara Hoellerbauer, the Spanish Language Director, at the Middlebury Interactive Languages Summer Academy Green Mountain College Site this summer. I am excited to be back for yet another summer, the first of which was in 2010 here at GMC. Since then I have also worked at the Swarthmore site. I was a Spanish teacher for the Spanish Academies and also in my “normal life.”

Meet the Chinese Language Director: Tong Chen

“If a thing’s worth doing, it is worth doing well.”—Chinese Proverb

Tong Chen, the Director of the Chinese Academy, embodies this philosophy to the fullest extent possible.

Tong Chen was born in Fujian, China, where she spent the entirety of her childhood. Later on, she attended Xiameng University, which is also located in Fujian, China. While there, she studied economics and linguistics, concentrating predominantly in English language and literature studies.

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