A Day in the Life at Green Mountain College!

Discover what it's like to be a student at the Spanish, German and Arabic Academies!

June 30, 2016

The first week of full immersion may seem difficult and daunting at first, especially for those just beginning to learn a new language. However, students adapt quickly to the new and challenging environment at the Language Academy.

Teachers assist students in approaching this new way of thinking and interacting with one another with a smile and sense of humor. The Summer Academy ensures that although students are constantly learning about themselves and their target language, they are all the while enjoying the process. Days are packed full of classes as well as fun events and activities that allow students to enjoy the beauty of Vermont summers.

Every weekday at the Academy students wake up and attend breakfast that runs from 7:15am to 8:30am. Afterwards the Spanish Academy gathers to have a daily Academy-wide assembly from 9:00am to 9:20am. The German and Arabic Academies have assemblies from 8:40am to 9:00am. These assemblies are often entertaining and serve as an opportunity for all members of each Academy to gather together before beginning their days. Teachers along with Residential Educators)(REs) oftentimes present creative projects and make important announcements during this time period.

The Academy offers cultural exploration which takes place from 9:30am to 11:30am for Spanish students followed by lunch from 11:30am to 12:15pm. Cultural exploration activities change each week with topics ranging from cooking, dancing and acting. Each Academy eats together so that they are able to stay in language and interact with one another during meal times.

Meanwhile, the German and Arabic academies attend classes from 9:30am to 12:15pm and eat lunch from 12:15pm to 12:45pm. Following lunch period, the roles of the Academies switch and German and Arabic attend cultural exploration while Spanish has class time.

Every day from 3:30pm to 4:30pm is filled with more fun activities including sports such as soccer or basketball, to yoga, painting or poetry. Students are able to choose what they would like to participate in and the activities vary depending on the day. Today all Academy students participated in various stations that included competitive outdoor challenges such as sack racing, bat spinning and a rock, paper, scissors championship!  

Following activity period is dinner time for the Spanish Academy from 4:30pm to 5:15pm and free time for the German and Arabic Academies. From 5:15pm to 6:00pm the roles reverse again and the German and Arabic students eat while Spanish has free time. During free time students have the ability to hang out with their new friends, play some pickup soccer, take a walk around campus or anything else that they come up with.

Clubs and evening programs start at 6:15pm and run until 9:00pm every day. The events in this time period vary greatly depending on the day, as clubs will only meet a few times per week. Club involvement allows students to explore and connect through their personal interests all while remaining in their target language. Theater, dance, sports and music are all examples of various clubs offered at the Summer Academy. This time period may also be occupied by special performances or evening assembly which functions as a way for students to share what they have learned that week with their peers.

Lastly, at the end of the day, snack time and hall meetings take place from 9:15pm to 10:30pm. During this time period, students settle back into their dorms for the night and reconnect with the folks who they are living amongst. The REs at the Summer Academy function as a vital piece of the strong support system formed by the compassionate staff here. Both teachers and REs alike strive to ensure that each and every student is made to feel comfortable and at home in this new environment so that optimal learning and enjoyment can take place!

Students Work Together