Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2022 will occur on Monday, May 30. 

Memorial Day 2022: Facts, Meaning & Traditions – HISTORY

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many volunteers place an American flag on graves of military personnel in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial beginning of summer in the United States.

Memorial Day – Wikipedia

We also use Memorial Day weekend to start the summer! During Memorial Day weekend you will see many barbeques, parties, and people at the beach! Remember to be safe ad have fun!

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Mental Health Awareness Month

stigma1– feelings of disapproval that people have about particular illnesses or ways of behaving 

Many people understand physical (body) health, but for many years, there has been a stigma1 on mental health. In order to break the stigma, or change people’s bad thoughts about mental health, the month of May is mental health awareness month.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month we will discuss burnout.

Being burned out means feeling empty and mentally exhausted, with no of motivation. 

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Some ways to fight burnout are:

  1. Get Enough Sleep
    1. Adults aged 18-60 need at least 7 hours of sleep to rest your brain and body!
  2. Exercise
    1. Moving your body will help release some stress and get happy chemicals to flow to your brain.
  3. Practicing yoga and/or mindful breathing
    1. Yoga and mindful breathing can help you focus, reset, and relax.
    2. Start by breathing in slowly for and count to four. Hold your breath for four seconds and finally breath out slowly for four seconds.
  4. Taking Breaks
    1. Your body needs breaks to relax and reset.
  5. Talk to someone you trust and love about your situation.
    1. Talking to someone about your experiences can help you feel more at ease. They can comfort you and make you feel like you are not alone. Because they know you well, they may even have ways that can YOU fight your burnout.

Comment below on some way you fight burnout!

Oxford Learners’ Dictionary Definition of Stigma Source

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Grammar Lesson: Phrasal Verbs

What are they?

Phrasal verbs are verbs that contain multiple words.

Like regular verbs, there are thousands, but you can find an extensive list below.

Now that you’ve seen plenty of examples, it’s time to learn how they can and can’t be used. The video below is very helpful.

Ready to test what you have learned? Try our quiz below.

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Duets of Difference, Starring Our Students!


Thursday, February 18 @ 7:30pm EST

The Performance Project @ USS FB Live

Directed by Creative Traffic Flow: Jeesun Choi, DawN Crandell, Kristin Rose Kelly
Featuring Students from The University Settlement Adult Literacy Program

A short film exploring the identities and stories of University Settlement community members studying English as a second language in the Adult Literacy Program accompanied by music and dance. The film is a culmination of a month-long teaching artist residency with four different Adult Literacy classes. “What Matters to Us” is a virtual reimagination and application of Creative Traffic Flow’s project, Duets of Difference. In this time of heightened xenophobia and political intolerance, The Duets of Difference project explores how people from different communities with different life experiences can connect in their differences. Students in the Adult Literacy program represent many different ages, ethnicities, and experiences. There were at least 11 different languages spoken amongst the class. “What Matters to Us” explores differences in family, relationships, and how to communicate as an English Language Learner.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Join us on Thursday, February 18 at 7:30 pm here!

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Online Reading Club for English Learners!


From the New York Public Library:

Are you beginning to read stories in English? Do you need more practice?

Come join other ESOL students this fall to practice your reading online! We will take turns reading aloud together from two or three books.

You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. The link will be sent to you by email approximately one day before the discussion. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join.

  • Friday, October 16, 2020, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Friday, October 30, 2020, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.

Click here to register!

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