It’s hard to believe the inaugural year of the Language Academy ends today. We’ve had such an amazing program made possible by our phenomenal students. We hope to see some familiar faces again next year!
Resident Assistant Amy led her French students in a lesson on Impressionism yesterday during activities period. She explained the stylistic elements in different works from Claude Monet and demonstrated the impressionist technique which includes small brush strokes to create a larger picture, some form of natural light, and movement to express human life. Then, the students were able to create their own piece. Look at our budding artists below!
Yesterday, the Spanish Academy took a field trip to Arcadia Elementary School, a local elementary school with a large hispanic population, to volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club of the Upstate. They had been preparing all week for their time with the kids, and had lots planned, including performing The Three Little Pigs in Spanish (Los Tres Cerditos)! Christine, the girl’s RA, led the creative costume effort and her diligence certainly paid off: check out those pig noses below! Two of our students served as narrators, while the rest of the Spanish Academy acted out the classic story. Afterwards, our students led the Arcadia students in ”Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” and the ”Hokey Pokey” which was a huge hit! The trip proved to be an interactive and learning experience for all!
Tucked away in the back of Olin Building, the office at LA@W is a place where the staff can plan, meet, prepare, and organize their thoughts. The teachers and language directors chat together about lesson plans and scoop up materials for their cultural projects. The residence life staff plan fun events, create vocabulary sheets for every new activity (although Le Frisbee doesn’t quite translate!), and have daily staff meetings. Michelle and I ensure everyone has eveything they need to make every single day here a fun, engaging day in language. A few times a week, we get lucky and a roaming Spanish or French class comes in for an interview (and sometimes a snack)! LA@W is a great place to work!
“El encierro” or “The Running of the Bulls” is one of the most well know aspects of Pamploma culture. Our students decorated pañuelos to get in the Spanish spirit and then acted out their own running of the bulls. Sr. Cowart put together a video depicting the famous San Fermín festival!
The first week of the French Academy was spent learning about French-African culture, particularly Rwandan dance and cooking. Angelique, a current Wofford student from Rwanda, taught the students how to make traditional beignets in her apartment in the Village. She also began to teach them a Rwandan dance!
Mdme. Adams-Laine’s class memorized a traditional french animal fable and Mlle. Hendricks’ class wrote their own fable. Both classes came together to perform their fables with the African masks they had created. You’ll see the fable presentation during our graduation ceremony on Friday!