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Painting, Extreme Napping and Presentations

Today was another eventful day at the Summer Academy in Poultney, Vermont! Students participated in many activities both in and outside of class.

Some highlights of the day included a new activity called "extreme napping" and the Arabic Academy's Evening Assembly in which groups of students performed skits, songs and dances for their peers to enjoy! These assemblies usually take place once a week in each academy and provide a platform for students and teachers to share their learning with one another. 

Hard Work Pays Off

For the Chinese Academy, hard work pays off.

Students and teachers are already noticing a tremendous amount of improvement in just a bit over a week of immersion—better yet, students are finding that they’re no longer thinking about speaking Chinese… they’re thinking in Chinese!

This improvement, however, has not come easily—it has come with hard work, dedication and a personal drive to learn the language that is unique to every student.

Thursday with l'Académie Française

Today, students had their typical class schedule—however, the classes themselves were anything but typical. Ranging from tie-dying t-shirts to creating mini sculptures, today’s classes were engaging, interactive and distinctly fun!

Here’s a list of what went on in today’s classes:

Student Interviews...from the French Academy!

Today, two students from the French Academy shared their thoughts on living immersed in language at the Academy. Read their responses below for a firsthand glimpse into Academy life:

Simone:

Back at it!

After the relaxing weekend and an eventful Independence Day, students returned to their normal schedules today—classes, meals, exploration courses and afternoon activities with the REs.

However, this return to the regular schedule didn’t come with a decrease in enthusiasm; in fact, students were even more ready to get back to their full-time studies this week than they were when they arrived last week. 

In classes today, students picked up right where they left off: calligraphy, Chinese vocabulary, Chinese dance, conversational practice and much more!

Guests, Fun Games and Mask Making!

Today was quite eventful, especially for the Arabic Academy who had three guests visiting! Students attended their regularly scheduled classes in the morning and then while the other Academies participated in activity period, the Arabic students listened to a presentation from a representation of the King’s Academy in Jordan. Meanwhile Spanish and German students enjoyed a soccer game, painted masks, swam, etc. 

Student Interviews!

As the schedules returned to usual today, students from the Chinese Academy got reacclimated to the their routine of meals, classes, cultural exploration courses and afternoon activities.

Amidst their return to the daily routine, two students were asked for a brief interview. Here’s how the interviews went:

Mac:

L' Académie française aujourd'hui!

Today, students resumed their typical schedules—classes, meals, exploration courses and afternoon activities.

Although, today wasn’t completely normal, for the RE-led afternoon activities included two new occurrences: pool time and a trip to downtown Burlington! In including these, the REs are making sure that the activities don't get too monotonous for the students.

Students at the pool had the chance to cool off in the water for about an hour—or, in some cases, get a bit of lap-swimming in for exercise.

Sol y sombra

The first stop on the Spanish Academy's Granada's Fourth of July outing was a visit to the prettiest village in Spain, according to the Spanish Tourism Board: Frigiliana.

Just across the line between the Granada and Malaga provinces, the village of Moorish origin and site of the last Moorish uprising in Spain in the late 1500s is tucked into the mountainside, towering over the Mediterranean.

An Independence Day Celebration at Green Mountain College

Today all three academies came together to celebrate the independence of the United States! It is tradition that every year the town of Poultney, Vermont, puts on a parade to celebrate the Fourth of July and the Arabic, Spanish and German Academies participate in it.

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