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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.

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

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.

Olé Field Day: The Spanish Academy is Victorious!

The sky was blue and the heat unforgiving. Spirits were high as the teams arrived at the field. Amid the echoing Arabic drum beats, melodious French songs, energetic Chinese chants, and cries of “olé, olé, olé, olé” borrowed from World Cupfutbol fans, the Field Day at Pomona College began.

Dancing the Night Away at Pomona

The energy level here at MMLA Pomona is off the charts-seriously! These students must get their energy from the constant California sunshine because every day they go at full speed. Yesterday was no exception, even after the Olympics took place. Led by teachers Christian and Meg, French Academy students performed a dance routine to the French version of “Oh What A Night“ in the middle of the dining hall, proving that the French spirit cannot be crushed! For evening activities, the fun didn’t stop as all students boogied the night away at their academy’s respective dances.

Field Day Opening Ceremony

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for – FIELD DAY! As the academies were preparing for today’s events, you could hear the roaring cheers all around the campus.  It was truly a remarkable experience! 

As the language learners made their way to the beautiful amphitheater to kick off the Field Day, they entered chanting glorious cheers and dancing to songs that excited all those watching. The sheer enthusiasm for the Field Day has made this opening ceremony one to remember.

-Max Brazo, Program Assistant

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