The Chinese Academy Is Still Going Strong!

As we kicked off the third week of the Academy, students’ classes focused on how to express more complex self-introductions, and how to talk about their families and hometowns. Today’s afternoon activities included a photography challenge, frisbee golf, pool games and my personal favorite, a yoga class all in Chinese (which I got to lead!)! The day ended with a recommitment ceremony (delayed one day because of yesterday’s Field Day), with some awards given out as well! Here’s to another week of Language Pledge® commitment!

-Becca Levy, Chinese RA

Très Chic

After a busy (and victorious!) weekend, the French Academy settled back into its daily routine and kicked off the week with the help of an impromptu fashion show, a wide variety of presentations and a recommitment to the Language Pledge®.

Olé Field Day: The Spanish Academy is Victorious!

The sky was blue and the heat unforgiving. Spirits were high as the teams arrived at the field. Amid the echoing Arabic drum beats, melodious French songs, energetic Chinese chants, and cries of “olé, olé, olé, olé” borrowed from World Cupfutbol fans, the Field Day at Pomona College began.

Dancing the Night Away at Pomona

The energy level here at MMLA Pomona is off the charts-seriously! These students must get their energy from the constant California sunshine because every day they go at full speed. Yesterday was no exception, even after the Olympics took place. Led by teachers Christian and Meg, French Academy students performed a dance routine to the French version of “Oh What A Night“ in the middle of the dining hall, proving that the French spirit cannot be crushed! For evening activities, the fun didn’t stop as all students boogied the night away at their academy’s respective dances.

Field Day Opening Ceremony

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for – FIELD DAY! As the academies were preparing for today’s events, you could hear the roaring cheers all around the campus.  It was truly a remarkable experience! 

As the language learners made their way to the beautiful amphitheater to kick off the Field Day, they entered chanting glorious cheers and dancing to songs that excited all those watching. The sheer enthusiasm for the Field Day has made this opening ceremony one to remember.

-Max Brazo, Program Assistant

Competition and Fun at Field Day

Today we had an amazing experience at the 2014 MMLA Swarthmore Field Day. It was a full day of fun, games and team spirit. We had amazing weather this year: warm, dry and sunny.  We stated in the morning with our “prep rally” – a time to prepare, practice chants, apply our facepaint and get excited for the day.  From there we went into the first round of soccer, ultimate frisbee and field games such as the three legged race, chopstick relay and the sponge race.

Movie Posters and More: Chinese Academy

You’ve seen the posts about the Chinese Academy’s recent filmmaking spree. Steven Spielberg would be proud of these kids. Now take a moment to check out the accompanying posters to these flicks! Soon we’ll be finding out who gets to take home the different “Academy Awards” for these wonderful short films.
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Land of the Free: America the Diverse

The Fourth of July dawned hot and hectic, as we at the Chinese academy began our day festively with American Flag socks and headbands. The morning assembly introduced terms such as “independence” and “America” in celebration of Independence Day as well as Olympic key terms in preparation for our MMLA intramural Olympic Games on July 5th. As the students went to class, RAs and other Residential staff prepared for the various Fourth of July activities for the day.

Freedom, Fireworks and Fun!

Yesterday was a full day here at Pomona College! After attending Claremont’s local Fourth of July parade, students returned to campus for a celebratory barbecue. Spontaneous games of beach volleyball, frisbee and soccer broke out as the setting sun colored the sky in various hues of pastels. Later the students headed over to the football field (where yet more spontaneous games took place– these students definitely take “work hard, play hard” to a whole new level) to watch Claremont’s impressive display of fireworks.

Freedom Festivities

Happy 4th of July from everyone here at MMLA Swarthmore! It turned out to be a great day (with just the right conditions) for all of the students and staff to be able to venture to a local high school for a fantastic fireworks display. For many of us, it was a welcomed time of relaxation, and a time of just being able to lounge on a sloping hill surrounded by many smiling faces. All in all it was a great night to be had by all the students and staff involved, and hopefully just the beginning of the good times that are to come for the remainder of the camp!

Until next time,


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