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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:

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.

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