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Bon Voyage! The French Academy Goes Traveling

As today’s theme was traveling, we started off the day in morning assembly with a guessing game involving various francophone countries and territories. The most difficult part for the students to figure out was certainly La Nouvelle Caledonie, despite its being the home of Etienne, our language director. The day ended with a similar activity as the evening assembly included a student-organized game in which spectators had to figure out what film was being discussed based on a number of hints.

Sound of Music: Chinese Academy Uses Tunes to Learn

Whether you’ve studied Mandarin for ten years, or have never heard Chinese in your life, music is a medium that seems to bring everyone together. After a long day inside and outside of the classroom, there is no better way to bring the day to a close than through song. We’re just a little over a week in and have a vast repertoire of original material, which range in topics from weather to daily greetings.

French Academy Experiences Polynesian Dance

French Academy students were greeted in traditional Polynesian fashion as they entered the pavilion for their evening showcase of Polynesian dancing. The dances that were performed are traditionally from French-speaking areas of the Pacific. Aside from being entertaining, the evening focused on teaching French Academy students about Polynesian culture and about how widely French is spoken. As a whole, the event was a relaxing break from the usual hectic nature of MMLA and left audience members dreaming of islands in the sun.

-Lindsay Call, Program Assistant

Starting the Week Strong

We are off to a great start in our second week at the MMLA Swarthmore College Academy. There has been a great atmosphere around here after last nights Language Pledge® recommitment ceremony. I can see that every student is finding their own way a little each passing day and hopefully this week is no different. Here is what each Academy has been up to thus far:

Practice Makes Perfect!

Study time is a time specifically set aside for students to reflect on the day’s activities and lessons, as well as practice their new language abilities with other classmates. It is a very important part of the learning process and we couldn’t be more proud of how dedicated our students have been during this critical time.

-Alejandro Saravia
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In Language Rehearsals for “Segismundo y Compañia”

Rehearsals have been under way for the Spanish Academy’s production of “Segismundo y Compañia” which translates into “Segisumdo and Company” in English. According to teacher Alena Davidoff-Gore, it is a play “that centers around a famous Spanish classic, ‘La Vida es Sueño’ (Life is a Dream), by Pedro Calderónde la Barca. There are four characters, the usher (acomodadora), two members of the audience (los espectadores) and an actor (el actor). The students share each role, so that each student has a part in the play.”

Saturday Night Fever

Yesterday marked the beginning of the first weekend here at MMLA Swarthmore. The students were treated to many various activities and events throughout the day and night as well as some much deserved down time mixed in. Here is what some of our staff had to say:

The Spanish Academy traveled to Tierra Colombiana, a restaurant in Philadelphia that specializes in food from Colombia and around the Caribbean. The menu included:

Fitness Fever!

The sun is up, the sky is blue, and the students here at MMLA Pomona are out enjoying the pleasant summer weather. Yesterday’s perfect temperature allowed many of the students to get their workout on during activity time.

Activities in Every Language!

Activity time once again comes to the MMLA Pomona campus, and with so many different in language options to choose from, it’s hard to imagine how anyone could not find something that interests them.

Sitting outside their dorm, a group of French students wrote different short stories, while inside the dorm more students made friendship bracelets in the common room.

On the other side of campus, a group of students from the Chinese Academy hit the sand for a game of beach volleyball.

Students Start Their Day the Right Way - Morning Assembly

The morning assembly is a 20-minute slot in the daily schedule (after breakfast and before class) where residential assistants (RAs) present to the students to get them pumped up for the day and excited about learning their target language.

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