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Mudejar Art: A Cultural Exploration Class

During the past two weeks, students at the academy who took the Mudejar ceramics class learned about Mudéjar art, a style that is native and unique to the history of Spain, and a meeting point between Christianity and Islam. Mudéjar refers to the Muslims who continued to practice their religion and their customs in the territories that became part of Christian dominions such as Granada, the last Moorish bastion in Spain before the Spanish Reconquest in 1492. The materials, techniques, and formal elements of Islamic artistic work left their stamp on the architecture of Spain.

The Final Days

A cultivation of language and communication skills has been in the process for over three weeks. And now, the final days of the program are upon the students—all of whom have dedicated themselves intellectually, day in and day out.

Due to the approaching conclusion, teachers have been slowing the classes down, allowing students to taper their minds in the days before their final exam, which is otherwise known as the “STAMP Assessment.”

Beijing Academy Student Posts from July 20!

Read these recent posts from our Beijing Academy students!    

 

Brynn

A Day on the Lake

Due to inclement weather, the French Academy had to cancel its field trip on Monday. However, it was quickly rescheduled to today, so the students were able to easily bounce back from Monday’s temporary disappointment!

Today, students boarded a group of buses, after completing their set of morning classes. En route to Burlington, students and staff were filled with excitement for today’s events: a ferry ride on Lake Champlain and trip to North Beach!

Students Continue to Explore the Arabic Language and Culture

Arabic students continue to respect The Language Pledge® and explore Arabic culture in their classes and cultural exploration time. Today during cultural exploration a group of students analyzed Arab hospitality customs and used what they discovered to create skits which were then performed for their peers.

Spanish Students Visit Middlebury College!

Today, students from the Spanish Academy took a trip north to visit the campus of Middlebury College! We enjoyed a Flamenco performance and toured the beautiful Middlebury campus. An afternoon thunderstorm sent students to the Field House for some hoops and hanging out, but the skies cleared and allowed us to enjoy an outdoor dinner and pick-up soccer before heading back to campus.

Another Happy Day in Québec!

It started with a display of delicious food brought by our team leaders.  We had French croissants, chocolate croissants (chocolatines in Québec), crêpes, strawberries, coffee, melon, cherry tomatoes, blueberries, brie and chèvre cheeses, fresh baguettes, chocolate… It was a feast.

In the afternoon, students were exposed to another kind of feast: Montmorency Waterfalls, pure beauty of nature.  They dominate the landscape, 83 meters high (30 meters higher than Niagara Falls).  We are so lucky to be so close to these unique sites.

Students visit Village Vacances Valcartier, a water slide paradise!

Village Vacances Valcartier is a water slides paradise, 30 minutes away from the Laval University.  Our students experienced it the whole day.   The weather was on our side: it was sunny and warm from the beginning to the end of the filed trip.

Photos from the Assemblée Nationale!

The Assemblée Nationale opened its doors to MIL students yesterday.  It is located in the center of Québec and is inside a historical classified building, the Parliament.  There, they learned about  the history and activities of Québec’s Parliament.  This serious visit was followed by free time, dinner with friends  and attending free concerts  in old Québec.

Photos from l'Observatoire!

Here are some photos we took from our trip to l'observatoire. What a great day!

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