The Calm Before the Storm

The world is quiet here at St. Michael’s College -- yet, nevertheless, filled with much anticipation in the days approaching the official start of Middlebury Interactive’s Chinese and French Language Academies.

The Importance of Bastille Day

Today, France is celebrating July 14, better known as Bastille Day or Le quatorze juillet. Even though there are over 50 U.S. cities that conduct annual celebrations, few events emphasis the history behind the French holiday. I hope to shed some light on the importance of Bastille Day both for its history and personal significance to me and other native French speakers. 
The History of Bastille Day

Bastille Day Festivities!

Bonne fête nationale à tous! Sunday was Bastille Day or more often referred to as Le quatorze juillet. Just ten days ago, all academies had a great time celebrating the Fourth of July and this weekend, the French Academy got to celebrate France’s national holiday with plenty of cultural exploration!

Sneak Peak: Academy French Performance!

The French Academy is in for a treat tonight! They will have a special guest, Élie Gagné, who will perform his popular Québec hits!  We were able to go inside and get a sneak peek exclusive just for you all! Enjoy!

More photos to come…

-Delandris, Office Manager

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Quelle Soirée! (What a Night!)

Tonight all of our hard work and practice leading up to the World Expo paid off. The World Expo is a night for each academy to present artwork, dances, songs, videos and other cultural and academic projects to the faculty and students of the other academies. The assembly room was a lovely sea of blue, red and orange with students from all academies present. At the French academy, we began chanting our specific language cheers, thus inspiring other academies to perform their cheers as well while everyone waited for the World Expo to get underway.

Lights. Camera. Improv!

The French Academy today had a very full schedule! Students started off the day by practicing for the World Expo where they will show off our French dance to the other academies. Everyone can’t stop humming along to our new favorite song Onest là. During activity time our students made friendship bracelets, cooled off in the pool and went into town to enjoy some downtime after a full morning of classes. In the evening, we were lucky to have a French improv expert come and teach a seminar to us!

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.

Pardonnez-Moi! Learning French Social Conventions

The French Academy beat the heat again with almost half of the students spending their activity period at the pool for a well-deserved dip after a long day of classes. The theme of the day began at morning assembly where students debated the importance of using vous  instead of tu when addressing a police officer. Conversations did not stop there though as the cafeteria buzzed with discussion on the topic of the day, social do’s and don’ts. Students were especially careful to accompany each burp and belch with a pardon.


The French Academy emerged victorious from this years Field Day Games!!!! ALLEZ LES FRANÇAIS!!! Although we are only 45 people strong (the smallest academy of the three) we kept the lead in the Olympics the entire day!!! We started in the morning by making posters and painting our faces with French flags and blue face paint (our team spirit was incredible) as our fanatiques led cheers for everyone to practice. In the activities, our team dominated the pool, field events, talent show and cheering competitions.


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