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.

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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!

It’s Saturday Night, Live!

As dusk fell on the Pomona College campus Saturday evening, Spanish Academy students displayed their various skills at their annual Talent Show! Everything from song and dance routines to stand-up comedy took place. A group of students even did a routine to “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Disney’s “Mulan” in Spanish! For the grand finale, a group of students lip-synched to Iggy Azalea’s hit song, “Fancy.” As Saturday evening proved, the Spanish Academy is indeed, “so fancy” and quite talented.

-Lindsay Call, Program Assistant

Sneak Peak: Academy French Performance!

The French Academy is in for a treat tonight! They will have a special guest, Élie Gagné, who will perform his popular Québec hits!  We were able to go inside and get a sneak peek exclusive just for you all! Enjoy!

More photos to come…

-Delandris, Office Manager

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Chinese Academy Students Take a Well Deserved Break

It’s sad to say, but this post will be the last Monday blog from the 2014 MMLA at Swarthmore! 

During the past three weeks, Academy students have done an amazing job staying in their target language. Now, it’s time to see how their efforts have paid off. This morning, each student had an oral assessment with their Chinese teachers. It was incredible to see just how much students have improved from their first day at the Language Academy.

Santillana del Mar and Cuevas del Soplao (Caves)

The Comillas Academy recently had the privilege to visit Santillana del Mar-arguably one of the most beautiful small towns (villas) in Spain. This small village just a few miles from Comillas is home to the Altamira Caves, one of the most important cave painting sites in the world. With paintings that are over 15,000 years old, the Altamira Caves are a magical place that made us all appreciate the human species even more. Although we were not allowed to take pictures in the museum, we took a few during our visit to Santillana del Mar.


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