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Learning by exploring: Today we are tour guides!

Last Saturday we had an amazing time walking around the B, the historical and beautiful neighborhood (declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO) where the ‘Colegio’ is located. As an activity during our Academic classes on Saturday, we had the opportunity to visit touristic sites, cultural places and beautiful buildings with stunning architecture which are the living example of the rich and broad cultural heritage of the city of Granada.

Fourth of July at Burriana Beach

When we talk about the Fourth of July we think of summer, fireworks, barbecues, parades family and friends. We are reminded of how much fun summer really is and how lucky we are to be able to celebrate this holiday in the United States. This year our Fourth of July strayed away from our traditional barbecue and fireworks. It was, however, still filled with food, fun and sun!

Bailando con Kristina

¡La clave, mi gente! Salseros si llaman, ¡yo vengo! In our dance workshop so far we have learned the basic steps of salsa and bachata so that we may dance with our friends whenever we wish — in the hallway, on the streets, at home, or at a fiesta. We have delved into the origins of salsa and bachata and their differing styles in Spanish-speaking countries and within the United States.

Visit to the Inquisition Exhibit

In sorting out the who's who of the unification of Spain that ensued from the marriage of Isabella and Ferdinand, MMLA students from level 4 went straight to the source at a Sephardic Palace in the heart off Granada's Albaycin, and learned about the expulsion of non-Catholics in 1492 and what life was like for those who decided to stay and convert to Catholicism. For many students, a Menorah with the heart of Mary added to it, was the first time they'd heard the term "syncretism".

Spanish Spotlight on Salsa and Painting

Today was another exciting day at the Summer Academy! Some highlights included a portion of the Spanish Academy who prepared delicious fresh salsa and guacamole. Later in the day, Spanish students viewed many presentations from their well-traveled REs on various Spanish-speaking countries including Chile, Mexico, Spain, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Peru, Argentina and Guatemala.

Communicating through music and dance!

Our students at the academy are making huge strides communicating using Spanish everywhere and at anytime. But that's not the only way they are getting to know each other.... They are also using music and dance to express themselves here at the academy! Last week, they had a weeklong cultural exploration class, Baile Latino, where they learned Latin dances, such as merengue, bachata, salsa and cumbia. These kids quickly learned how fun it is to dance with a partner and they showcased what they learned on one of the academic assemblies on Thursday evening....

Costume Party 2

From Costume Party #1

Costume party at MMLA—let your imagination run free! #1

On Friday we had our first costume party and contest at MMLA Granada, and it was a complete success! Every residential group had been meeting from Monday to work on the costume and prepare a performance…their work and lack of siesta definitely paid off.

The Art of Gastronomy

Cultural exploration classes: Beyond language learning

 

Sol y sombra

The first stop on the Spanish Academy's Granada's Fourth of July outing was a visit to the prettiest village in Spain, according to the Spanish Tourism Board: Frigiliana.

Just across the line between the Granada and Malaga provinces, the village of Moorish origin and site of the last Moorish uprising in Spain in the late 1500s is tucked into the mountainside, towering over the Mediterranean.

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