Teacher Orientation!

Before student orientation that will kick off this weekend, we just finished our 3 day teacher orientation, 2 days online and 1 day in person. We don’t have any new teachers this year because everybody is returning either from last year or many years ago! Welcome back, everyone! We talked about our teaching materials, lesson planning, classroom management especially for this COVID-era, and a bunch of other things. Good luck and health with a new school year!

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Acronyms

An acronym is a group of letters that stand for a phrase (each letter stands for a word).

For example, U.S. is an acronym for United States.

Here are some more common acronyms and examples of how we use them:

  1. RSVP – Répondez S’il Vous Plaît (please reply)
    • Remember to RSVP for the party by Friday. Billy needs to know how many people will be there.
  2. ASAP – As Soon as Possible
    • Your car is parked illegally. You should move it ASAP to avoid getting a ticket.
  3. TBA – To be Announced
    • The date for the first day of class is TBA but will be sometime in September.
  4. N/A – Not Applicable
    • This section about kids is N/A – You don’t have to fill it out since you don’t have kids.
  5. AKA – Also Known As
    • I love New York, AKA the Big Apple.
  6. DOB – Date of Birth
    • What is your D.O.B.?
  7. ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival
    • The ETA of my package to my home is 7 days. It should arrive by then.
  8. BC/AD – Before Christ/Anno Domini (in the year of the lord)
    • The Punic Wars took place from 264-146 BC.
  9. RIP – Rest in Peace
    • RIP to my grandfather who was a great man.
  10. AM/PM – ante merīdiem (before midday)/post merīdiem (after midday)
    • Is your flight at 8 o’clock AM or PM?

Read more to see the answers.

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HSE Class Finishes with Success!

Not everyone has the chance to finish high school in the United States or in their country. For students looking for the option to later enroll in college or just want to strengthen their resume, HSE (High School Equivalency) is a good option.

Led by our amazing counselor, Chris, HSE students worked hard this summer and finished up their class this week having learned a lot. Specifically, they improved their reading, writing and math skills through the content areas of science, social studies and literature.

We wish all of our students good luck and can’t wait to see what their next move will be.

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Subject-Verb Agreement

Singular subjects take singular verbs and plural subjects take plural verbs.

Here are some common errors:

1. There are two or more subjects, so you think the verb needs to be plural.

2. There is more than one noun before the verb, so you make the verb agree with the wrong one.

3. There is a pronoun in the sentence that makes it confusing whether to use a singular or plural verb.

Examples:

1. The cat and dog are friends.

Cat and dog are singular, but together they form a plural subject.

2. The keys in the door are stuck.

Door is a singular noun, but is not the subject.

3. Any of them is fine for use in the rain.

Any refers to just one object in a bunch.

Try It:

1. Friday and Saturday ____ my favorite days of the week.

a. is

b. are

2. The library with many computers ____ a good place to study.

a. is

b. are

3. Communities with a park ____ important to have.

a. is

b. are

4. I will take whichever bus ____ first.

a. come

b. comes

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Advocating for Adult Literacy

This week our students took part in an advocacy campaign for increased state funding for adult literacy programs. Our students met with Alex Flood from Assemblymember Patricia Fahy’s office and Patrick Cronin from Senator Daphne Jordan’s office and talked about what effect their classes have had on their lives. Screenshots from the meetings are above.

Additionally many of our students made short videos to be share on social media talking about the important of their English classes – watch one example below or visit us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to watch more.

A special thank you to the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy as well the University Settlement’s Advocacy Director, Veronica Wong, for helping our staff and students prepare for this campaign!

We’re asking for $25 million in state funding per year for adult literacy classesto learn more, click here!

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