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The Storm: Student Arrival Day!

The day has finally come: French and Chinese Academy students have landed at St. Michael's College for four weeks of language immersion.

Buzzing in the air today was a combination of excitement, nerves, and curiosity—yet, even with these nerves flowing through the minds of students from both Academies, they still managed to skip the awkward introductions and go right to friendship.

¡Bienvenido!

Greetings from Middlebury Interactive Languages at the Villa de la Montaña Verde!

I am Clara Hoellerbauer, the Spanish Language Director, at the Middlebury Interactive Languages Summer Academy Green Mountain College Site this summer. I am excited to be back for yet another summer, the first of which was in 2010 here at GMC. Since then I have also worked at the Swarthmore site. I was a Spanish teacher for the Spanish Academies and also in my “normal life.”

Meet the Chinese Language Director: Tong Chen

“If a thing’s worth doing, it is worth doing well.”—Chinese Proverb

Tong Chen, the Director of the Chinese Academy, embodies this philosophy to the fullest extent possible.

Tong Chen was born in Fujian, China, where she spent the entirety of her childhood. Later on, she attended Xiameng University, which is also located in Fujian, China. While there, she studied economics and linguistics, concentrating predominantly in English language and literature studies.

Will Arabic Be the Language of the Future?

By language of the future, I do not intend to mean a universal language in which both humans and machines will use to interact in a world of increasing proliferation of artificial intelligence. Nor do I aim to suggest that Arabic would be the lingua franca of the 22nd century. To put forward a claim of this sort would require me to delve into the rather dreary details of demographic predictions and politico-economic arrangements of the world. I am more interested in some esoteric aspects of the Arabic language itself.

Thank You to the Comillas Academy Staff

Before our Academy comes to a close, we’d like to give a very sincere and BIG thank you to our amazing MMLA Comillas faculty. There are an incredible group of talented and dynamic people who made this experience for everyone such a success.

-Alejandro Saravia
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Learning How to Make Perfect Pinchos from our “Master Chef”

Juan Manuel (often referred to by students as JuanMa) was our chef for the last 4 weeks. During this time Juan not only cooked for us, but also provided us with lots of great memories through his excellent company and humor. At some point everyone in our staff felt that Juan was part of our MMLA-team. Aside from being a chef, Juan is also passionate about education and was once an educator himself. Combining his two passions, Juan actually gave an impromptu lecture on how to cook pinchos.

Departure Day Details

It’s hard to believe our time here at MMLA is almost up!  It feels like we all just got here yesterday. Students will inevitably be sad to say goodbye to their new friends, but I’m sure many of them are eager to see friends and family back home. As we wind down, everyone is looking forward to a busy last day with our graduation ceremony and a final dance celebration tonight where they will finally be able to speak English again.

Take Look(Book) at Our Latest Beijing Photos

Program Director, Gao Yuan, took some amazing photos of life in language at our Beijing Academy and compiled them in a Lookbook here: http://bit.ly/1nAxpcA. Once we receive the individual photos, we will send an updated blog post so that you can view and download for free. Be sure to check back soon!

-Ryan H.
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Students Create Their Own Pincho Recipes

After Chef “JuanMa“‘s pincho cooking instruction, the students paired up and started working on their own creations. They had to combine textures, flavors and ingredients to make their own style of pincho. Each one of the groups presented to the class the reason behind their creation, as well as the meaning and the expected flavor they were creating.

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