Experience the Culture

Every day is filled with new and exciting activities at the Academy, all revolving around culture and language.

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Think about the possibilities at breakfast, lunch and dinner with your friends and your instructors, sharing conversation and a meal together.

You meet at a morning assembly and then move into some elective classes —sample of classes at the 2014 Academy included:

Chinese Academy: Taichi fan and sword, Chinese folk music and instrument, Chinese cooking, Chinese games and movie nights.

French Academy: French gastronomy, sports and physical activity workshops, French sociology, the Arts during the Belle Epoque, Culture exploration through mask-making and more.

Spanish Academy: Tex to Mex cooking, Latin dance, Spanish festivals, Aztecs, Incas and Mayas, Modern Art and more.

German Academy: Grilling in the park, World Cup, Fairy Tales and the Brothers Grimm, MMLA Newspaper, Surviving the Immersion experience, etc.

Arabic Academy: Workshop in Arab media from sources including al-Jazeera, BBC Arabic, al-Arabiya.  Students participate in an “analysis” of the content and produce a news clip. The Arabic Academy also makes visits into town, visit a local mosque, learn traditional Arab cooking and more.

Afternoons begin with lunch at the language tables and then classes, also grouped by level, which bring the language to life in an academic setting. Soccer, yoga, hiking, tennis and other afternoon activities let you use your growing language skills in real-life settings.

Evenings may include presentations by you and your classmates, cultural presentations and special events, such as movies from your target countries to music, plays and guest performances. And yes, there is a chance to study a bit, with evening study periods, ending with free time in the dorms to converse with friends and RA’s in language.

Weekends stay along the same path as weekday schedules. But you get to sleep in later, go dancing on Saturday nights…and enjoy Sunday brunch in a more relaxed environment.

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The important thing to remember is that all this takes place in French, Spanish, German, Arabic, or Chinese. The choice is YOURS.


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