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Water Fight to Beat the Heat!

It was 1 p.m. when we finished our scavenger hunt around the school today—which in Granada means it was really, really hot. And what a better solution than an ice cold water fight?

We still don´t know how it happened, but suddenly all our students were grabbing water balloons, filling them up, and running around the patio spraying everybody with water, including us, the RAs. But we didn´t get mad, we got them soaking wet too!

Let's party # 2

As mentoned before, we hosted a party with some teenagers from the city. Here you have more pictures from the event.

Spanish Academy Update from Clara Hoellerbauer

During the first three days, students will be going through the Spanish Academy Crash Course. During this time, they will learn about the Language Pledge®, Communication Strategies and how to maximize their learning while at the Academy.

Let's Party, en español

On a warm afternoon in Granada, the Academy welcomed a group of Spaniards. The majority of these students were from Granada, although we had visitors from various parts of the region, including a Japanese girl who is finishing up a year-long study abroad program in this city.

In a Village Called Granada

Welcome to Granada!

Believe it or not, we are now here working at full speed. Our participants arrived on Sunday after a long flight to Madrid. The Program Director and other staff members of Middlebury Interactive and IES, our partner in Granada, greeted them.

After that, we took a bus that followed part of the route that “Don Quijote” chose a few centuries ago. Everybody was tired but happy! Along the way, we had a short stop to eat a light breakfast, to finally arrive to Granada.

¡Bienvenido!

Greetings from Middlebury Interactive Languages at the Villa de la Montaña Verde!

I am Clara Hoellerbauer, the Spanish Language Director, at the Middlebury Interactive Languages Summer Academy Green Mountain College Site this summer. I am excited to be back for yet another summer, the first of which was in 2010 here at GMC. Since then I have also worked at the Swarthmore site. I was a Spanish teacher for the Spanish Academies and also in my “normal life.”

Cooking in Language: Gazpacho

Cooking is a great way to learn new vocabulary and grammar, as well as about a new culture. The following is a Para family favorite for gazpacho, a traditional Spanish soup.

The Journey to Becoming Multilingual: Why Stop at Learning Just One World Language?

Having grown up in a strictly Spanish-speaking household, learned French in high school and now Arabic in college, I believe I have come to know a thing or two about the challenges and benefits to learning multiple languages. The advantage of studying French as a bilingual speaker of Spanish and English was substantial, but nothing compared to learning Arabic during college. Here is the story of how I managed to become multilingual.

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