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The Chinese Academy takes on Burlington!

Today, students embarked on their first field trip—an excursion to Burlington!

The whole Chinese Academy boarded the buses at 9:30 AM sharp, and then made the trek to Church Street, which is otherwise known as “Downtown Burlington.” While there, students had the chance to roam, explore the area and shop at all the local stores.

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!

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.

Happy Fourth of July from the Chinese and French Academies!

Happy Fourth of July from everyone here at St. Michael’s!

Today, students had their daily set of morning classes; however, after they were finished, they had the chance to drift from the usual schedule and engage in fun, outdoor activities to celebrate the holiday!

Rather than the typical cafeteria setting for lunch, St. Michael’s staff had a cookout outside, in which they served the “typical” American food: hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, chicken and fresh watermelon.

Students were then able to eat outside—in the sun—and enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

Making the Most of the Day Off

On this warm, sunny Sunday at St. Michael’s, students had another day off from academic study. All students were happy to have one more restful day before the adventures of the week commence.

As bells rang and a cool breeze flew through the air, a level of energy similar to yesterday's was found on St. Michael’s campus. Students partook in several activities and enjoyed the picturesque weather as they grouped together for games of soccer and frisbee.

A day to unwind, relax and recharge

Today, students and staff had a very much-needed day of rest, in which they all had the chance to catch up on sleep, enjoy the weather or get ahead on work for next week.

Students took part in a wide array of activities, ranging from creating videos to room decorating activities. The purpose of these activities, however, was the same: Keep the students speaking in the target language, while still giving them a needed break from academic study.

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