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Important Information for Pomona Academy 2014

We have almost everyone here at Pomona (still waiting for a few who had a flight cancellation, but they are on their way!)  Everyone seems excited, and it’s always amazing how quickly people bond in a residential program. You would never know that people only met a few hours prior.

We will post about our convocation last night shortly, but for now I wanted to make sure family members have our staff contact information.

POMONA ACADEMY MAILING ADDRESS

Hip Hip Hooray! Arrival Day!

Arrival day is upon us! Well, was upon us, rather. Returning students excitedly greeted each other and practiced communicating in their target language from the get-go, and new students watched in wonder as they began the immersion process. Students checked in with their language groups, turned in their phones and said goodbye to parents as they began their new lives at MMLA Pomona.

Let It Begin.

Greetings from MMLA Swarthmore! Yesterday was filled with excitement as we hosted many families and students arriving to campus to begin their own language immersion adventure. As the students settled into their respective dorms and got acquainted with their Residential Advisors and living groups, we were happy to have various meetings with the parents who were able to experience the life of a student this summer. The Language Directors did a phenomenal job of demonstrating many different ways of communicating using the target language.

The Excitement is Building!

Bienvenidos, أهلاً و سهلاً, bienvenue, and 欢迎.  The MMLA Pomona campus staff is hard at work arranging all the details for your arrivals and we are looking forward to meeting you in person. We are already abuzz in French, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic (and some additional languages too!) with a diverse and knowledgeable staff that hail from the U.S., China, France, French Guiana, Réunion, Morocco, Yemen, Israel, Palestine, Algeria, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Germany, Kenya and Romania.

It’s Almost Showtime!

Greetings from the Academy office staff here at Swarthmore College! All of us here couldn’t be more excited for the beginning of the camp in less than a week and are currently in the midst of making sure everything is prepared for your arrival. We hope you are very excited for an awesome adventure! 
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MMLA Will Fast-Track You To Achieving Your Goals

When I signed up for MMLA I had no idea how I was going to use Chinese in my future, or even if I was going to continue it into university. I only knew that I had the eventual objective of fluency and that I wanted to improve as much as I could. Aside from exceeding my expectations for improving my language skills, my experience at MMLA made a huge difference in how I look at learning Chinese in the future.

Classroom Experiences Deserving of the Bright and Eager Students Who Learn Within Them

As the MMLA summer program is a challenging educational environment in which students are expected to learn massive quantities of information, a fair amount time is naturally spent in the classroom. However, teachers try to create engaging classroom experiences deserving of the bright and eager students who learn within them. While the immersion environment ensures that learning happens wherever you go, different skills develop in different places.

The MMLA Community

One of the extra benefits of learning at MMLA is getting to live and learn with an amazingly diverse group of teachers and students. With students and teachers from all over the US and the world, the campus is rich in experiences and perspectives that shape every part of learning at MMLA.

Maintaining Valuable Skills Learned at MMLA

The benefit that the immersion learning environment provides for MMLA students is immeasurable. No matter what skills you possess at the time of entry, you will leave the program more confident and more capable of using your target language. In fact, when most of my friends returned from this summer’s academy, they spoke Spanish intermittently to their parents for about a week. I still have an occasional Spanish dream.

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