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Let's party # 2

As mentoned before, we hosted a party with some teenagers from the city. Here you have more pictures from the event.

Arabic Academy - Welcome to the Land of Full Immersion!

The Arabic Academy held a ceremony for the signing of the Language Pledge® at which the lead director of this Academy, Khalid Madhi, spoke regarding the power of language to open doors to the world and the importance of this promise to continue speaking Arabic 24/7. He stated that, "If you are able to go home and tell your mom or your friend that you love them in five or six different ways in Arabic alone, I think we have achieved our goal here."

Rainy Weather; Fun Day!

As the saying goes, “The third time’s a charm.”

As French Academt students finish their third day here at the Academy, it’s fair to say that most students have acclimated to their new schedules and daily routines. With a common trajectory of meals, classes, and activities—students are now in the “loop” of everything that’ll be happening.

Today, students completed their last sets of classes before the weekend break. Here’s a brief rundown of what transpired in a few classes:

A Day in the Life of a Chinese Academy Student

Students in the Chinese Academy are settling into their daily routine and full language immersion—classes, meals, exploration courses and activities. Students are demonst acting steadfast dedication and an unwavering willingness to push through the challenges that come with a "No English Spoken Here" environment.

Today marks the third day at the Academy—but more notably, the second day of full Chinese immersion. Here’s an overview of what went on in the classes:

Let's Party, en español

On a warm afternoon in Granada, the Academy welcomed a group of Spaniards. The majority of these students were from Granada, although we had visitors from various parts of the region, including a Japanese girl who is finishing up a year-long study abroad program in this city.

A Dive into the History Surrounding Québec!

For the students in Québec, a vast majority of the learning that they do happens outside of the classroom. Though the classes are crucial to developing their language skills, the real test and time to improve is when they apply their French skills out on the streets, speaking with native speakers of the language.

Yesterday, all of the students boarded a bus for downtown Québec for their tour of the Citadelle—a cultural excursion. The Québec Citadel National Historic Site of Canada is a 19th-century fortress located on Cap Diamant in the centre of Québec City.

Goodbye English → Hello Chinese!

Day Two has surfaced. 

As the first day of full immersion, the campus was slightly quieter than it was in the past couple days—students had to make the transition from talking with their newly-made friends in English to Chinese. It’ll take some time for students to fully acclimate to this new way of life.

24 Hours of French—Wow!

Here at the French Academy, students are exposed to awareness.

The purpose of education, as defined by J. Krishnamurti—a renowned author and speaker on humanitarian matters—is to, “Think freely, without fear, without a formula, so that you begin to discover for yourself what is real and what is true.”

A Day in the Life at Green Mountain College!

The first week of full immersion may seem difficult and daunting at first, especially for those just beginning to learn a new language. However, students adapt quickly to the new and challenging environment at the Language Academy.

Classes, Games and Pledges—All in One Day

Day One: Complete.

A campus that was once quiet is now one that is buzzing with chatter and filled with a desire to learn. As the first day of the Chinese Academy and French Academy came and went, students were busy from sun-up to sun-down.

Students from the Chinese Academy hopped right into classes. After yesterday’s placement exams, the students were grouped into specific classes based on their current skills in the language.

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