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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.

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.”

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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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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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)

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