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A Thank You Letter from SMC!

Hello, parents!

We wanted to extend a thank you for sharing your positive, spunky, hilarious, kind, and wonderful children with us this summer. It has been an absolute pleasure to document their day-to-day lives here at MIL, and we hope that it has been equally joyous to get a glimpse into this beautiful language-learning world. 

World Expo Prep at the Chinese Academy!

Language: Chinese

Location: Saint Michael’s College

What the Chinese Academy did today: We’re down to our last few classes here at the Chinese Academy! Since Monday, the students have taken the STAMP test, resumed lessons, participated in cultural activities, and enjoyed a live music performance. Lots of fun! Tonight, they will present what they’ve been working on for the World Expo. We are super excited to see what they’ve come up with and share with family and friends this evening!

Keeping up with Classes: Week 4 at the Chinese Academy

Language: Chinese

Location: Saint Michael’s College

Friday at the Chinese Academy!

Language: Chinese

Location: Saint Michael’s College

What the Chinese Academy did today: Another awesome day of classes for the Chinese Academy! The students participated in regular programming and kicked off the weekend with a relaxing movie night. Tomorrow, they will travel to Albany and taste authentic Chinese food, try boba tea, and enjoy each other’s company. On Sunday, they will attend another fantastic dance –– one of their last at the Academy!

In today’s classrooms…

Creative Classes at the Chinese Academy!

Language: Chinese

Location: Saint Michael’s College

What the Chinese Academy did today: We’ve been kicking off a wonderful Week 3 here at the Chinese Academy! Students are settled back into their routines and truly showing off their skills in communication. In lessons, they’ve been engaging in activities like poster making, calligraphy, and more to apply their studies in context. 

Here’s a more in-depth look at what’s been happening in our classrooms...

Fourth of July Fun at the Chinese Academy!

Language: Chinese

Location: Saint Michael’s College

What the Chinese Academy did today: The kids are back to their regular schedules of classes and CE’s after an AWESOME Fourth of July!

Communicating Across Cultures with the Chinese Academy!

Language: Chinese

Location: Saint Michael’s College

Ping-pong, Paper-folding, and Pal-Bonding at the Chinese Academy!

Language: ChineseLocation: Saint Michael’s College

What the Chinese Academy did today: Wow, what an INCREDIBLE first week of classes! The students are holding conversations, cracking jokes, and finding any and every way to apply their new language skills. Today, the kids attended both language and cultural immersion lessons, played sports/attended clubs in the afternoon, and got excited for the weekend!

Here are some of the language-learning goals that students accomplished this week:

星期三: Wednesday at the Chinese Academy

Language: ChineseLocation: Saint Michael’s College

What the Chinese Academy did today: Today, students took a crash course in introductory Chinese and refreshed on what they knew from classes back home. At lunch, the kids could be seen testing out new vocabulary over a yummy lunch of lasagna, garlic bread, and assorted vegetables. A few even imitated scenes from dubbed movies they watched with Wenqi during evening activity time yesterday!

你好 from the Chinese Academy!

Language: ChineseLocation: Saint Michael’s College

What the Chinese Academy did today: During a hearty breakfast of eggs, hashbrowns, and pancakes students got to know each other and practiced their Chinese skills! Then, they set out for STAMP Testing -- the exam that determines their academic placement within the academy. After a short break, students attended orientation sessions to learn about major rules and expectations, as well as tips for maximizing their learning here at MIL.

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