Weekend Year-End Party

Our Weekend classes had a year-end party last Sunday, June 16th. We started our party with W1 students’ acting of a We Speak NYC episode, The Wedding. After enjoying our delicious foods, our teachers and students did karaoke, singing English songs.

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From the Bottom of My Heart Revisited

Here’s a Stevie Wonder song from the Eighties using our most recent Idiom of the Week. You can also read the lyrics below:

I Just Called to Say I Love You

Stevie Wonder

No New Year’s day to celebrate
No chocolate-covered candy hearts to give away
No first of spring
No song to sing
In fact, it’s just another ordinary day

No April rain
No flowers bloom
No wedding Saturday within the month of June
But what it is, is something true
Made up of these three words that I must say to you

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart

No summer’s high
No warm July
No harvest moon to light one tender August night
No autumn breeze
No falling leaves
Not even time for birds to fly to southern skies

No Libra sun
No Halloween
No giving thanks to all the Christmas joy you bring
But what it is, though old, so new
To fill your heart like no three words could ever do

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care, I do
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care, I do
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart
Of my heart, baby, of my heart

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Puerto Rico!

Two of our University Settlement Adult Literacy Program teachers recently took part in the Hunter College Study Abroad program in Puerto Rico. This unique program offered the opportunity to engage with education and educators in Puerto Rico, deepening the close ties between Puerto Rico and New York. They learned firsthand how the historical, social and political contexts of Puerto Rico impact English as a Foreign Language learners and educational systems, and worked side by side with local Puerto Rican English language teachers. This program gave them an opportunity to immerse themselves in critical inquiry about English language teaching in settings outside the US.  They visited eight schools, learned about bilingualism from Puerto Rican university professors, worked with students, judged an English contest, and conducted community service.

One teacher had this to say about her experience:

“This Education and Language Teaching in Puerto Rico program was an excellent study abroad course to learn about bilingual programs in Ponce schools. There were plenty of opportunities to observe and collaborate with English language teachers in K-adult classrooms as well as volunteer in community service projects. In just five days, we could plunge into Puerto Rico’s culture, learn to dance salsa, and study its resilient history.

Furthermore, we could experience beautiful colonial architecture with pastel-colored facades in Old San Juan and evocative murals around every corner in Ponce. We enjoyed the warmth of Caribbean breezes and splendor of tall coconut palms wherever we went. Besides this, we had scrumptious mofongo – fried plantains mashed with meat or seafood – and met many warm-hearted people. Most importantly, we acquired different perspectives towards teaching bilingual students.

I am so grateful and blessed to have attended this course. I am indebted to the generosity of the Adult Literacy Program at University Settlement and appreciate their support.”

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Sunset Park Community Career Expo – Saturday, June 8th, 11AM-3PM at PS1 at 309 47th Street, Brooklyn

The event is open to all community members. Through a combination of workshops, career panels, and tabling throughout the day, it is aiming to provide community members with information about workforce development programs, workers rights, and job opportunities. This fair is designed specifically for ESOL learners. Participating agencies include: MassMutual, Hot Bread Kitchen, Census Bureau, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, UPROSE, NYU Langone Family Health Centers, Innovation Lab, LEEP Dual Language Academy, Brooklyn Rise Charter School, Make the Road NY, Center for Family Life, NY College of Technology, Atlas: DIY, Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Fifth Avenue Committee, Huang & Associates, and many more!

 

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City Hall Rally Revisited

Here are some of the signs our artists/students made for last week’s rally – enjoy:

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$12 Million for Adult Literacy

University Settlement and other programs across NYC are asking that $12 million be base-lined in the city budget for adult literacy. Find out more at http://www.nyccaliteracy.org #LiteracyLiftsNYC

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