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Spanish Is the Language of the Future

It is hard for me to talk about the future of Spanish without brandishing the usual arsenal of maps, statistics and census projections. Luckily, these factoids are usually at my fingertips, so without further ado, I will lay them out for you here in all their glory.

The Value of Digital Language Education for Homeschool Families

As a homeschool mom of four, I have heard frustration in homeschool circles when it comes to choosing a world language curriculum. There are many options, but without expertise in that area, quite a few homeschool parents feel frustrated determining which option is best for their children. Even as a Spanish teacher, I had to do a great deal of research on how to provide the best world language education to my own children.

Cooking in Language: Empanadas

The Middlebury Interactive approach to language learning focuses on using language in everyday activities. One fun and easy way parents and students can continue language learning at home is by preparing meals using recipes in the languages they are studying.  

Vermont Students Acquire Spanish Language Skills in Record Time

I knew it was going to be a memorable day when we drove past the moose-crossing sign on the winding, mountainous and picturesque roads of Vermont. As a multicultural, bilingual citizen of the world, I have experienced large cities and polyglot environments, but never had I come face to face with the culture of moose. I crossed my fingers and mentally called the moose to come forth.

New Spanish Blended Learning Program in Baltimore Sees Early Success

Extensive research shows that language instruction is most effective at a young age. Learning a new language also has wide-ranging benefits to a developing brain, including boosts in creativity, empathy and academic achievement, among other things.

Students Create Their Own Pincho Recipes

After Chef “JuanMa“‘s pincho cooking instruction, the students paired up and started working on their own creations. They had to combine textures, flavors and ingredients to make their own style of pincho. Each one of the groups presented to the class the reason behind their creation, as well as the meaning and the expected flavor they were creating.

Departure Day for the Spanish Academy

Well, departure day is finally upon us at the Spanish Academy. Students are packing and cleaning furiously, but yet still very excited about graduation, the lifting of the Language Pledge® and the final inter-academy dance celebration. On Thursday morning, students begin their departures with three shuttles leaving for the airport as early as 7:30 A.M. For those students not headed to the airport bright and early, they most likely will spend their final minutes saying goodbye to their teachers, friends and R.As before starting their trips home.

Flash Mob: Cafeteria Performances Continue!

The ongoing battle for who will have the greatest unofficial cafeteria performance is still going strong! The Spanish Academy upped their game yesterday at dinner with a performance of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba”. Several students and RAs played guitars while the majority of the students sang. The rest of the dining hall sat and enjoyed the acoustic performance, which helped to clear some of the assessment stress away.

-Lindsay, Program Assistant
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It’s Saturday Night, Live!

As dusk fell on the Pomona College campus Saturday evening, Spanish Academy students displayed their various skills at their annual Talent Show! Everything from song and dance routines to stand-up comedy took place. A group of students even did a routine to “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Disney’s “Mulan” in Spanish! For the grand finale, a group of students lip-synched to Iggy Azalea’s hit song, “Fancy.” As Saturday evening proved, the Spanish Academy is indeed, “so fancy” and quite talented.

-Lindsay Call, Program Assistant

Estudiando

Although we’ve had a lot of fun lately with cultural excursions in Comillas, the Spanish Academy students remain deeply committed to the Language Pledge®. Here are a few pictures illustrating their dedicated efforts in the classroom.

-Alejandro
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