Online Reading Club for English Learners!

Heidi

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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Teacher Orientation!!!

We just wrapped up two days of teacher orientation, and there’s proof of it in the screenshot above. We have four new teachers and the rest of them are returning teachers. Our class offerings this year include 12 daytime classes, 5 evening classes, 3 weekend classes plus 2 elective classes. In our orientation we talked about Zoom, Google Classroom, Ventures Presentation Plus, classroom management, lesson planning, and a whole host of other things! I think I speak for all of us when I say that it was both fun and informative.

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Summer’s Almost Gone!

Well, it’s been one heck of a summer here at the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program. We’ve wrapped up our summer electives classes, which included 5 different Conversation Clubs and a Culture Club – a mosaic of them can be seen above.

Now we’re in the thick of online registration for the 2020-21 school year and our classes are slowly filling up! We’re going to start online but once Mean Old Mr. Covid gets under control we’re going to resume in-person classes.

To register for free English classes, click here!

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A Sample of Immigrant Life

A Sample of Immigrant Life

Date and Time: Saturday, Jul 11, 2020, 6:00 PM & Sunday, Jul 12, 2020, 6:00 PM

Registration/Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/109886084236

Running Time: 1 Hour + 15 minute Post-performance Chat

First-generation immigrants with different cultural backgrounds have diverse perspectives of life in the US, but their voices are not often heard because many of them are English-language learners, working people with busy schedules, and outsiders who constantly try to navigate cultural differences. In fact, none of them are stereotypical immigrants. Their stories, ideas, questions, and conflicts make them unique human beings who have shared challenges and passions.

After eight months of research and community engagement, our findings are presented in A Sample of Immigrant Life. The performance by no means tries to represent the immigrant community or summarize immigrant experiences. Instead, it amplifies individual experiences re-rooting in New York City in a way based on extensive research because we agree that “personal is political”.

Through an original approach to online performance making, we are bringing you into a conversation, and a journey of reflection with us.

Created by immigrant artists and members from the University Settlement house community, A Sample of Immigrant Life is the culminating performance of The Square Theatre’s project The Art of Losing.

Devised and performed by Gloria Chao, Jiawen Hu, Jing Dong, Jose Valdez, Josephine Cho, Yusi Gao.

This event will also be live-streaming on Performance Project’s Facebook page. But we strongly encourage you to join our Zoom Webinar performance for the full experience. Streams of recording will be available on Jul 13 and 14, 6:00 PM-12PM EDT.

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Save Adult Literacy!

Thank you to our adult education teachers for being there for our students during COVID-19 and always.  We ask Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council to support those needing English classes, adult education, HSE prep by restoring $12 million to the NYC budget. More than ever, in this time of COVID-19, 2.2 million New Yorkers need adult education!

For Teacher Appreciation Week some of our students showed their appreciation on social media – just click on them to see them all!:

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