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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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Bastille Day Festivities!

Bonne fête nationale à tous! Sunday was Bastille Day or more often referred to as Le quatorze juillet. Just ten days ago, all academies had a great time celebrating the Fourth of July and this weekend, the French Academy got to celebrate France’s national holiday with plenty of cultural exploration!

Flash Mob: Cafeteria Performances Continue!

The ongoing battle for who will have the greatest unofficial cafeteria performance is still going strong! The Spanish Academy upped their game yesterday at dinner with a performance of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba”. Several students and RAs played guitars while the majority of the students sang. The rest of the dining hall sat and enjoyed the acoustic performance, which helped to clear some of the assessment stress away.

-Lindsay, Program Assistant
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Soccer Saturday!

Messi may not have played and Shakira may not have performed, but the MMLA soccer finals held this past Saturday afternoon were just about as intriguing for the students here.

For the first round, a continuation of the match that was cut short at the World Expo, the Spanish and Arabic Academies battled long and hard for the title. The score was still 0-0 when the regulation time had ended, and the match went into overtime. At long last, the Arabic Academy came out victorious with a single, hard-earned goal.

الى البحر! (To The Beach!)

The Arabic Academy took a trip off of Pomona’s grounds to visit the Santa Monica Pier this past week! The students could not withhold their excitement all morning starting from breakfast. After attending classes and eating lunch, students loaded onto the buses and we were on our way. With Peter Pan playing in Arabic, students passed the infamous Hollywood sign and when we finally arrived the smiles on the students’ faces were so BIG!

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