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Beating the Heat: In Language Videos and Pool Time!

It has been hot, hot, hot over the past few days! Thankfully, the Arabic Academy knows how to keep it cool.

Sunday dawned hot and dry. After taking a short trip into town, students started some water balloon wars to cool themselves down. These were as effective as they were fun, and many students ended up soaked!

Arabic Academy’s Weekend Adventures

We’ve finished our first week here at MMLA and it’s been a fun roller coaster of a ride! On Sunday our students were finally able to relax from their packed schedules and take a trip into town.  Arabic Academy students spent their morning roaming The Village and exploring life outside of Pomona’s campus—a  nice change from the usual dorm, to dining hall, to class, to dorm and to dining hall routine. They enjoyed every moment of it and some of them even bought fresh fruit and veggies from the local farmer market vendors in language!

Arabic Academy Students Celebrate Ramadan

This year, Saturday, June 28 marks the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and the students of the Arabic Academy celebrated accordingly in language. At sundown, the students and teachers who are observing Ramadan broke their fast with Middle Eastern fare catered by a local restaurant enjoying hummus, shawarma, falafel and pickles.

Director Profile - Kim Griffin

Kim Griffin was born and raised in Binghamton, New York.  From the first day of Spanish class in 9th grade at Susquehanna Valley H.S. she knew that she wanted to be a Spanish teacher. She atended SUNY Oswego and majored in Secondary Education-Spanish, but destiny arrived in her student mailbox one spring day in the form of a pamphlet announcing summer study abroad programs offered by Oswego. She knew noone who had ever studied or travelled abroad, noone who even had a passport, so the idea was daunting and stunned her parents.

Saturday Night Fever

Yesterday marked the beginning of the first weekend here at MMLA Swarthmore. The students were treated to many various activities and events throughout the day and night as well as some much deserved down time mixed in. Here is what some of our staff had to say:

The Spanish Academy traveled to Tierra Colombiana, a restaurant in Philadelphia that specializes in food from Colombia and around the Caribbean. The menu included:

Food For Thought: Dining at Pomona

While on campus, the daily trips to Frary Dining Hall (aka “Hogwarts”) are always a major highlight. The food has been a big hit among students with the wide variety of choice available. A typical lunch, for instance, allows students to choose from an extensive salad bar, fresh fruit, a made-to-order burger grill, pizza, soup and other meal options such as burritos, quesadillas, stir fry, baked potatoes, chicken, beef and fish.

A New Addition to Our Office (and Updated Hours)

Greetings from the MMLA Main Office! Now I know this blog post is nowhere near as exciting as the ones with all the activities, pictures and fun, but allow me to interject with a relatively boring interlude in order to send out some important information about getting in touch with us at the office!

Our landline, and the first number you should call if you want to reach us, is still (909) 607–2362

Here are our new office hours:

Monday-Friday  7:30 AM – 10 PM  PDT

Saturday-Sunday 8:30 AM – 10 PM  PDT

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.”

Teacher Profile - Luis Díaz

Luis is a native of Cantabria who has been living in Denver for 6 years. There, he has been directing the immersion program in Spanish at Denver Montclair International School. He has taught all kinds of subjects in immersion and drama. Before Denver, Luis taught English to Spanish students (Reinosa, Spain) and Spanish to German students (Cologne, Germany). He has also travelled to other countries with his students from Denver and still hosts them through the summer. 

Teacher Profile - Susan Bennitt

Susan earned her BA and MA in Spanish studies from Middlebury College. After living and working as a global advertising executive in Madrid for 25 years, she and her three high school aged daughters moved to Connecticut to pursue educational opportunities.

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