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Take Look(Book) at Our Latest Beijing Photos

Program Director, Gao Yuan, took some amazing photos of life in language at our Beijing Academy and compiled them in a Lookbook here: http://bit.ly/1nAxpcA. Once we receive the individual photos, we will send an updated blog post so that you can view and download for free. Be sure to check back soon!

-Ryan H.
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Learning How to Make Perfect Pinchos from our “Master Chef”

Juan Manuel (often referred to by students as JuanMa) was our chef for the last 4 weeks. During this time Juan not only cooked for us, but also provided us with lots of great memories through his excellent company and humor. At some point everyone in our staff felt that Juan was part of our MMLA-team. Aside from being a chef, Juan is also passionate about education and was once an educator himself. Combining his two passions, Juan actually gave an impromptu lecture on how to cook pinchos.

Students Create Their Own Pincho Recipes

After Chef “JuanMa“‘s pincho cooking instruction, the students paired up and started working on their own creations. They had to combine textures, flavors and ingredients to make their own style of pincho. Each one of the groups presented to the class the reason behind their creation, as well as the meaning and the expected flavor they were creating.

Thank You to the Comillas Academy Staff

Before our Academy comes to a close, we’d like to give a very sincere and BIG thank you to our amazing MMLA Comillas faculty. There are an incredible group of talented and dynamic people who made this experience for everyone such a success.

-Alejandro Saravia
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Departure Day Details

It’s hard to believe our time here at MMLA is almost up!  It feels like we all just got here yesterday. Students will inevitably be sad to say goodbye to their new friends, but I’m sure many of them are eager to see friends and family back home. As we wind down, everyone is looking forward to a busy last day with our graduation ceremony and a final dance celebration tonight where they will finally be able to speak English again.

Arabic Academy’s Last Days

As we are winding down with the last day here at Pomona, here are some final Arabic academy updates! Students were really excited as we surprised them withs’mores galore one evening. The sugar made it a little more difficult to put them tobed but it was worth the smiling chocolate faces. Teachers paid a visit to the dorm and had a chance to play chess, soccer and chat with students over gooey goodness in the cool California evening weather.

Departure Day for the Spanish Academy

Well, departure day is finally upon us at the Spanish Academy. Students are packing and cleaning furiously, but yet still very excited about graduation, the lifting of the Language Pledge® and the final inter-academy dance celebration. On Thursday morning, students begin their departures with three shuttles leaving for the airport as early as 7:30 A.M. For those students not headed to the airport bright and early, they most likely will spend their final minutes saying goodbye to their teachers, friends and R.As before starting their trips home.

Wrapping Up MMLA 2014

Only one full day of MMLA remains! It’s hard to believe that everything is finally coming to an end. Although the days may be winding down, energy levels remain high as everyone anticipates graduation, the final dance and the ultimate lifting of the Language Pledge.

Today’s theme was “working as a volunteer,” so the morning assembly featured a skit which took place in a soup kitchen. Both servers and less fortunate spoke about the reasons why they involved themselves with the kitchen: either to give back to the community or to take advantage of a much-needed service.

Learning an Authentic Comillas Paella Recipe

Yesterday students were treated to an amazing cultural experience as part of culinary week. The Comillas Academy visited a local restaurant and met the owner, Beatriz, who not only fed students with delicious meals, but also taught them how to cook authentic Spanish paella! 

Before the students started cooking, Beatriz wanted to make sure they were well nourished for the job to come and treated them to some tasty bocadillos that were devoured in just a few minutes! 

Comillas Paella Recipe - Additional Photos

Our cooking in language experience yesterday was so amazing that we just couldn’t stop snapping pictures of the students having fun! Here are a few more to see the students in action.

-Alejandro
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