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Here are most posts from our Beijing Academy students!

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Visit to the Inquisition Exhibit

In sorting out the who's who of the unification of Spain that ensued from the marriage of Isabella and Ferdinand, MMLA students from level 4 went straight to the source at a Sephardic Palace in the heart off Granada's Albaycin, and learned about the expulsion of non-Catholics in 1492 and what life was like for those who decided to stay and convert to Catholicism. For many students, a Menorah with the heart of Mary added to it, was the first time they'd heard the term "syncretism".

The weekend is here!

It’s Saturday! And you know what that means...rest!

After a full week of classes, students earned a well-deserved day of rest, in which they had the chance to catch up on sleep and relax with their friends.

Although there were no classes being held today, there were still several activities going on around the campus. Here is a brief overview of some of them:

Saturday School...for the Chinese Academy!

Due to their trip to Burlington yesterday, students from the Chinese Academy didn’t have a typical Saturday—instead, they attended classes, making up for the ones that they missed the day before.

However, none of the students complained about this. They brought their enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity to each class, excited to continue their lessons from Thursday.

Communicating through music and dance!

Our students at the academy are making huge strides communicating using Spanish everywhere and at anytime. But that's not the only way they are getting to know each other.... They are also using music and dance to express themselves here at the academy! Last week, they had a weeklong cultural exploration class, Baile Latino, where they learned Latin dances, such as merengue, bachata, salsa and cumbia. These kids quickly learned how fun it is to dance with a partner and they showcased what they learned on one of the academic assemblies on Thursday evening....

Costume Party 2

From Costume Party #1

Welcome to the German Academy!

Dear Parents,

The Middlebury Interactive Languages Summer Academy is off to a wonderful start, and the German Academy is having a fantastic time! The staff enjoyed welcoming all the new students on arrival day and showing them their new home in North Hall.

The Art of Gastronomy

Cultural exploration classes: Beyond language learning

 

Painting, Extreme Napping and Presentations

Today was another eventful day at the Summer Academy in Poultney, Vermont! Students participated in many activities both in and outside of class.

Some highlights of the day included a new activity called "extreme napping" and the Arabic Academy's Evening Assembly in which groups of students performed skits, songs and dances for their peers to enjoy! These assemblies usually take place once a week in each academy and provide a platform for students and teachers to share their learning with one another. 

Hard Work Pays Off

For the Chinese Academy, hard work pays off.

Students and teachers are already noticing a tremendous amount of improvement in just a bit over a week of immersion—better yet, students are finding that they’re no longer thinking about speaking Chinese… they’re thinking in Chinese!

This improvement, however, has not come easily—it has come with hard work, dedication and a personal drive to learn the language that is unique to every student.

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