University Settlement Adult Literacy Program staff will be attending a couple community events this weekend and be sharing information about registration for our classes which begin in September. See you there!:
This summer, the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program began a month-long Culture Club which met twice a week and not only studied English but also explored New York. One day was spent in the classroom learning relevant vocabulary and reading articles, and the second day was a field trip. Here’s a quick rundown up what we did:
√ Got an IDNYC
√ Studied NYC geography and learned how to use the subway system
√ Learned about Native Americans and the Lenape
√ Learned art-related vocabulary and practiced describing paintings and sculptures in English
√ Visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art
√ Read about Chinese-American history
√ Visited the Museum of the Chinese in America
√ Studied vocabulary and read about gardening (This was in preparation for volunteering at the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden but unfortunately we got rained out.)
√ Talked about and wrote about all of the places we visited and then typed up our writing on Microsoft Word
Here’s one student’s writing about one of our trips:
A Happy Day
Our teacher took us to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art yesterday. The teacher said he would meet us on the front door steps at 10 A.M. so I got up early yesterday. I took the Manhattan-bound E train to 51st Street. Then I transferred to the uptown 6 train. I got off at 86th Street. When I arrived at the front steps, it was exactly 10 o’clock. We bought tickets and then went through security. First, we visited the Egyptian art. I visited the temple of Dendur. It is over two thousand years old. I was interested in the ancient Egyptian murals on the walls. I learned a lot of new things there. About half an hour later, the teacher led us to the roof garden. What a beautiful view! From that roof, I could overlook Central Park and the gorgeous New York City skyline. I also saw two sculptures on the roof. They were made from steel and stone and looked like 9 planes in the sky. Last, we returned to the second floor to visit exhibits from Europe and Asia. We left there at about 2 p.m. I was still very excited on the way home. It was really a happy day!
NYU Gallatin’s Writing Program just released a video of the Literacy Review reading. Here it is – and watch for University Settlement’s own Marilia Valengo at the 9:03 mark:
In an effort to reach as many people as possible, we’re now on Meetup.com, where you can find all our registration information. Just click on the image to join – and please share with friends!