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Director Profile - Kim Griffin

Kim Griffin was born and raised in Binghamton, New York.  From the first day of Spanish class in 9th grade at Susquehanna Valley H.S. she knew that she wanted to be a Spanish teacher. She atended SUNY Oswego and majored in Secondary Education-Spanish, but destiny arrived in her student mailbox one spring day in the form of a pamphlet announcing summer study abroad programs offered by Oswego. She knew noone who had ever studied or travelled abroad, noone who even had a passport, so the idea was daunting and stunned her parents.

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:

Teacher Profile - Luis Díaz

Luis is a native of Cantabria who has been living in Denver for 6 years. There, he has been directing the immersion program in Spanish at Denver Montclair International School. He has taught all kinds of subjects in immersion and drama. Before Denver, Luis taught English to Spanish students (Reinosa, Spain) and Spanish to German students (Cologne, Germany). He has also travelled to other countries with his students from Denver and still hosts them through the summer. 

Teacher Profile - Susan Bennitt

Susan earned her BA and MA in Spanish studies from Middlebury College. After living and working as a global advertising executive in Madrid for 25 years, she and her three high school aged daughters moved to Connecticut to pursue educational opportunities.

Director Profile - Alejandro Saravia

Alejandro was born and raised in Mexico City, Mx. The 5th child in a family of eight, he never thought that living abroad was an option for him. He studied Chemistry at the National University (UNAM) and decided to work in education after receiving his degree. Now he is married, with three children working in a boarding school in NH.

Arabic Academy Update (Yallah Yallah Arabiya!) (يلا يلا عربية)

The students in the Arabic Academy have been quite busy over the past day!

This Week in Spanish: Evening Assemblies

We have started with 100% “Poder Naranja” (Spanish academy Spirit) in the Spanish Academy this week.  The RAs and myself have already seen improvement among our students! It’s been great to see students start from saying very few words to sentences and we are so excited for what is ahead!

As part of the MMLA adventure, students are expected to participate in an Evening Assembly. The evening assembly is a chance for the students to show off all the great things they’ve learned in their electives and classes to their teachers, classmates, and the “mentores.” (RAs)

Cultural Activity Time: The Learning Continues

There are lots of events happening here on any given day at MMLA Pomona that are not specifically academic (shocking, right? You had no idea given our other blog posts). But what actually goes on inside the classroom? Today we decided to take a peek into what goes down around campus during cultural activity hours.

First, we stopped by at the Chinese Academy, where teacher Zhousu He was conducting a puppet show with students acting out short scenes, which were evenmorefun in person than they look in the photos!

Tuesday Routine

We are definitely in the swing of things here at Swarthmore. The students have been busy learning their languages and interacting with their newfound friends and teaching staff. Here are some words from the staff on Tuesday’s activities:

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