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Updated Calling Home Times (a Revision to the Revision)

Hello all,

We noted an error in the revised weekend calling home times published a few days ago on the blog and need to issue a new update.   Chinese and French will actually be calling home this Saturday, July 12 from 4:45pm-5:30pm and Spanish and Arabic will be calling home on Sunday, July 13 from 4:45pm-5:30pm.   These changes are necessary to accommodate the French and Chinese field trips on Sunday and for some logistics relating to student testing.   Our apologies for any confusion.

CORRECTED TIMES BELOW

Mid-Week Check-In!

This week has been full of a variety of fun activities and classes. Whether it is an exciting game of ping pong with the Chinese Academy, the French Academy’s rejuvenating spa afternoon, an Arabic cooking lesson about perfecting the art of the falafel or moving to the beat of the merengue with the Spanish Academy,  this week has had something for every student to be excited about! The French Academy’s cooking class “Patisserie Francaise,” especially, has been having fun and learning lots about French cuisine and culture.

Bomba y Plena

As the sun once again sets over the Pomona College campus, the students in the Spanish Academy found themselves using the dance moves they have learned during their cultural activity time. Yesterday evening, the students danced the night away yet again in Edmunds Ballroom, this time perfecting their movements to bomba y plena. Heavy in percussion, this Puerto Rican music is perfect for dancing, and the students got a dance refresher from a professional instructor. Even some staff members decided to join in!

Rhythm and Moves: How Music and Dance Supplement Learning

While the Field Day activity this past Saturday epitomized the spirit of friendly competition that characterizes inter-academy activities, other events both formal and informal, demonstrate how another theme - music - pervades life at MMLA. In the Spanish Academy, song and dance have been on the menu since the first day of classes.

Le Temps Libre: So Many Choices!

Activity time on Tuesday afternoon for the French Academy provided a few students with rousing competition and calming relaxation for others. Some students chose to release their artistic expression through decorating the French Academy banner with depictions of the Eiffel Tower and catchy French slogans. Across the street, peace and serenity were in order as wide-eyed students witnessed how their assembly room had been transformed into a space reminiscent of Parisian spa.

Freestylin’ During Free Time: The Chinese Academy’s Pool Day

With summer days reaching up to 100 degrees, Language Academy students seek every opportunity to cool off by taking a dip in the two outdoor pools on the Pomona College campus. The Haldeman pool is available for student use in the mornings before breakfast and during free time in the afternoons. This 50 meter by 25 yard Olympic-sized pool has lanes set up for lap swimming, two water polo goals and two large diving boards for the more daring students. This morning, I accompanied three of my students (Noah, A.J. and William) to the pool for an early morning swim.

And the Cafeteria Music Battle Continues…

The heated competition over which language academy will dominate the Pomona cafeteria with music and choreography continues! Frary Dining Hall came alive yesterday when the Chinese Academy broke out into a dance routine that had everyone’s arms waving and feet stomping. Ellery, the Chinese Academy dorm head, led the group from the front with booming music and lots of singing. The Chinese Academy students really enjoyed their share of cafeteria limelight. Now we wait to see which Academy will try to one up us!

-Colin Edwards and Lindsay Call, Program Assistants

Arabesque Ensemble Visits Arabic Academy

Who can keep a beat? The greatest benefit MMLA brings to learning a language is the total immersion component. Today the Arabic Academy got a visit from the Arabesque music ensemble. A major part of any culture is music and to be able to hear the rhythmic distinction here in Pomona was a treat. Arabesque taught students about different patterns specific to Arabic music. Students learned about the oud, tabla drum, violin and kanoon.

Henna حناء Tattoo Crazy!

In cultural exploration class, students had a chance to learn about a wonderful plant we call henna (حناء). It is a plant whose leaves are ground down and mixed with either lemon, oil, tea or other liquid to make its paste form. After letting it rest, it then can be used for dying hair, skin or fabric. In the Arabic culture, henna is used as a celebratory tradition prior to a bride’s wedding day. Women gather for the Henna where the bride wears traditional clothing like a thoub, ثوب. The henna is unique in color and design to each part of the Arabic world.

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