Classroom Experiences Deserving of the Bright and Eager Students Who Learn Within Them

As the MMLA summer program is a challenging educational environment in which students are expected to learn massive quantities of information, a fair amount time is naturally spent in the classroom. However, teachers try to create engaging classroom experiences deserving of the bright and eager students who learn within them. While the immersion environment ensures that learning happens wherever you go, different skills develop in different places.

The MMLA Community

One of the extra benefits of learning at MMLA is getting to live and learn with an amazingly diverse group of teachers and students. With students and teachers from all over the US and the world, the campus is rich in experiences and perspectives that shape every part of learning at MMLA.

Maintaining Valuable Skills Learned at MMLA

The benefit that the immersion learning environment provides for MMLA students is immeasurable. No matter what skills you possess at the time of entry, you will leave the program more confident and more capable of using your target language. In fact, when most of my friends returned from this summer’s academy, they spoke Spanish intermittently to their parents for about a week. I still have an occasional Spanish dream.

Real-life Language Learning at MMLA

Before I went to MMLA, I had only used Mandarin with my tutor during classes. Every once in a while I met a person who spoke Mandarin and had a short conversation with them, but I rarely had the opportunity to use a wide range of vocabulary in real-life settings.

Gearing Up for Cultural Immersion Abroad: Comillas

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to participate in an informational group chat concerning the upcoming summer MMLA program in Comillas, Spain. Several people in charge of different facets of the program participated and engaged with students and parents, answering questions and providing logistical information. From the teachers to parents and other students, everyone seemed just as excited about the inaugural year of this program as I was. It turns out we’ll be staying in a beautiful hotel and taking classes near the main part of the town of Comillas.

Tips to Accelerate Your Language Learning at the Academy

1. Ask questions - The quickest way to learn new vocabulary is to ask questions when speaking to your RA’s, teachers and friends and make the most of opportunities for conversation. The RA’s will be with you or near you during most of your downtime so you’ll always have the opportunity to learn new vocabulary from them.

What to Wear at MMLA: Your Fashion Guide

A week’s worth of clothes: One of the unexpected benefits of attending MMLA is that you learn to wash and dry laundry if you don’t already know. This is a valuable skill that will undoubtedly be useful in college. On the flip side, ever since I returned, my mom has made me do my own laundry. Thanks, MMLA! What this means is you really don’t need to pack that many clothes. I would recommend bringing 7-10 shirts and a couple pairs of pants/shorts plus pajamas.

The Pre-College Experience at MMLA

When I applied to MMLA last year I didn’t anticipate the added benefit of learning and living in a college environment. As an eighth grade student (and as a ninth grade student now), taking in the university experience wasn’t at the forefront of my mind. A few days on campus, however, proved how fun and valuable the pre-college experience was even for younger students like me. 

The College Experience at MMLA

In late June, I left home unsure what to expect. I had never gone away to camp before and the longest I had been away from home was about a week.  I wasn’t worried about being homesick, but was unsure about how the rooming situation would work and whether I would enjoy living on the Pomona campus. I did end up feeling homesick during the first week of the program due to my difficulty with the language pledge but these feelings soon faded as the program progressed.  Never having lived in a dorm before, I did not know what to expect.

My Top 5 Packing Tips for the Academy

1.  Pack for warm weather – Short sleeve shirts and shorts/skirts are the best choice for staying cool and comfortable while attending classes and activities. I almost never wore a sweater or jeans last summer, and could have saved some space in my luggage by instead packing a few more t-shirts.


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