This Week in Arabic Evening Assembly

Every day, evening assembly is a time for students to use their vocabulary and illustrate what they’ve learned in the classroom by presenting it to the entire academy in a creative way. Tonight students presented projects about different foods across the Arab world as well as many different cities, attractions and famous locations. Other students did skits to using the new food vocabulary. Some skits were set in restaurants while others were phone conversations.

Mid-Week Check-In!

This week has been full of a variety of fun activities and classes. Whether it is an exciting game of ping pong with the Chinese Academy, the French Academy’s rejuvenating spa afternoon, an Arabic cooking lesson about perfecting the art of the falafel or moving to the beat of the merengue with the Spanish Academy,  this week has had something for every student to be excited about! The French Academy’s cooking class “Patisserie Francaise,” especially, has been having fun and learning lots about French cuisine and culture.

Comillas Academy Teacher Profile - Antonio Calvo

Antonio Calvo obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certificate from the Universidad de Granada. He also completed his Master’s degree in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid.  While still studying in Granada, Antonio collaborated with the Spanish language school Carmen de los Gatos, where he taught Spanish to foreign students and organized cultural enrichment activities.

Teacher Profile - Elizabeth Miras

Elizabeth is from Seville, the capital of Andalucía in the south of Spain. She has been involved in training teachers of Spanish as a Second Language (ELE) since 2000, and has participated in Spanish programs all over the world-China, USA, Morrocco and several others. Currently Elizabeth directs an online post-graduate course on the ELE teaching methodology for the University of Alcalá and UDIMA (a distance learning university in Madrid). 

And the Cafeteria Music Battle Continues…

The heated competition over which language academy will dominate the Pomona cafeteria with music and choreography continues! Frary Dining Hall came alive yesterday when the Chinese Academy broke out into a dance routine that had everyone’s arms waving and feet stomping. Ellery, the Chinese Academy dorm head, led the group from the front with booming music and lots of singing. The Chinese Academy students really enjoyed their share of cafeteria limelight. Now we wait to see which Academy will try to one up us!

-Colin Edwards and Lindsay Call, Program Assistants

Learning Spanish in Style!

Time at the Language Academy is flying- it is hard to believe we’re already entering our third week! Students who were hesitant at the beginning of the program are now speaking with much greater fluency.

A Recommitment to Language and to Excellence

Tonight, the students were asked once more to reflect on their purpose here at MMLA and to recommit to the Language Pledge®. Dressed in their best, each of the Green Mountain College academies gathered to sign the Language Pledge® once more to renew their resolve, vowing to speak nothing but the target language until the end of the program. The trick to the Language Pledge® is that it turns even tongue-tied moments of doubt into more chances to build linguistic muscle, since students have to come up with creative alternatives to find the words they don’t know.

Chinese Cultural Exploration!

Every day, each academy participates in a cultural exploration class. Culture and language go hand in hand, so this class is integral to understanding. This week, students could choose between San Guo Sha (a Chinese card game), puppet shows and pop music in Chinese.

The Chinese Academy Is Still Going Strong!

As we kicked off the third week of the Academy, students’ classes focused on how to express more complex self-introductions, and how to talk about their families and hometowns. Today’s afternoon activities included a photography challenge, frisbee golf, pool games and my personal favorite, a yoga class all in Chinese (which I got to lead!)! The day ended with a recommitment ceremony (delayed one day because of yesterday’s Field Day), with some awards given out as well! Here’s to another week of Language Pledge® commitment!

-Becca Levy, Chinese RA


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