Heat, Thunderstorms and More Heat

The weather hasn’t been the greatest today, but that hasn’t stopped us from continuing to enjoy the Spanish immersion environment! At this morning’s assembly, students presented about dining in language. Although this topic was fairly broad, knowing how to say things that are part of daily life may suddenly become a bit more difficult; for example, how to order food, how to describe your food, or how to explain that you don’t like your food and might want to order something else. Needless to say, the students did a wonderful job and embraced the challenge with excitement.

Students Meet the Comillas Mayor and Council Members

Yesterday students learned the intricacies of the Spanish political system. Today, students were treated to a rare experience that cemented the previous day’s learnings by attending a Town Hall meeting with the mayor and Council members. 

-Alejandro Saravia

A Night at the Theatre: French and Spanish Academies

Last night marked the premiere (for one night and one night only) of the Spanish Academy’s play, “Segismundo y Compañia.” A comedic piece revolving around a hat, the play was uproariously funny and enjoyed by all. Afterwards, the students took to the courtyard outside the theatre and were taught how to dance merengueby two of the Spanish teachers under the setting sun. The synchronization of the entire academy at the end of the night was quite impressive, even with such a short lesson.

ELECTION DAY - Who Will Be the next President?

Our students are learning about Spanish politics. Continuing to gain a deeper understanding of Spanish culture and language, our students held elections to vote for their “president” in the morning assembly.

-Alejandro Saravia
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Practice Makes Perfect!

Study time is a time specifically set aside for students to reflect on the day’s activities and lessons, as well as practice their new language abilities with other classmates. It is a very important part of the learning process and we couldn’t be more proud of how dedicated our students have been during this critical time.

-Alejandro Saravia
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Pamplona in Pomona?

The noonday sun was shining brightly over the Pomona campus this past Saturday. Stillness dominated the all movement and sound. Seen coming from the south was the entire Spanish Academy student body. They were preparing to recreate the famous running of the Bulls tradition through a game that pitted RAs against students. The bulls (aka the RAs) equipped with their horn-esque hats stared down the group of students as they prepared to charge.

The students’ mission? Making it from one side of the field to the other without having the orange colored bandana pulled.

Fun is in the Cards for Spanish Academy

Anyone who ventured past Walker Beach last night would have heard the excitement that was the Spanish Academy’s Casino Night! Aside from playing card games, students enjoyed the beautiful California evening and the sounds of everything from Shakira to Dierks Bentley. This, of course, led to some impromptu salsa dancing- it being the Spanish Academy after all! It was truly one of the liveliest events put on so far with both students and staff joining in the fun.

-Lindsay Call, Pomona Program Assistant
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In Language Rehearsals for “Segismundo y Compañia”

Rehearsals have been under way for the Spanish Academy’s production of “Segismundo y Compañia” which translates into “Segisumdo and Company” in English. According to teacher Alena Davidoff-Gore, it is a play “that centers around a famous Spanish classic, ‘La Vida es Sueño’ (Life is a Dream), by Pedro Calderónde la Barca. There are four characters, the usher (acomodadora), two members of the audience (los espectadores) and an actor (el actor). The students share each role, so that each student has a part in the play.”

Learning about Fishing in Comillas

We had the opportunity to visit a plant that processes shellfish (mussels and clams) special thanks to Juan, the person in charge of our guided plant tour. 

 After the visit, we had a short hike by the coast with Aitor our guide. You will see him explaining the group stories about the sea and sharing with us his expertise on birds.

-Alejandro Saravia
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