Last night we celebrated the release of the Literacy Review, Volume 17 at NYU. The Literacy Review is an annual collection of writing by adult education students throughout New York City, and it is produced and published by the NYU Gallatin Writing Program, under the leadership of Professor June Foley. Advanced Writing Class student Marilia Valengo, along with many other adult literacy students across NYC, read before a crowd of over 200 people.
In the video below you will see writers included in this year Literacy Review talk about their writing – watch for Advanced Writing Class student Murielle Mobengo at the 1:05 mark:
More posts on the Literacy Review to come!
Last week some of our students and staff took a trip to New Jersey to watch a New Jersey Devils hockey game. Students got a tour of the arena, took in the game, and even got to watch zambonis at work. Here are some pics:
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Each year University Settlement impacts 40,000 New Yorkers who come from 50 countries and speak 40 different languages. Every September we begin new 10-month intensive classes in our Adult Literacy Program. Valikhan, a participant in the program, tells us what University Settlement’s program has meant to him, in his own words.
In Kazakhstan I was a professor. I was invited to George Washington University for a program and after I decided to stay and move to New York. But I did not know English. It was important to me to lean and so I came to University Settlement two years ago.
I have done a lot. I wrote two books and I met with members of Congress. I can speak different languages. But I did not know English and I needed help. When I heard about University Settlement I came here for help. It’s very important to me to have good teachers. Our teacher Jon has a lot of emotion and I like that.
I feel very good about my English now. I grow slowly but nonstop. There is a lot that I did not know before that I know now. Now I can describe things to people and am able to ask questions. Before I could not.
I was worried and scared at first but the teachers make it comfortable. You are outside your comfort zone but you need to do that to learn. Now I travel to other cities and feel okay about it with my English. I enjoy it. I am taking more classes to get even better. They care about you here and help you. I would tell everyone that they should come here.