Nobody wants to sound like a tourist (not even tourists!), so to help you out with that here’s a neat website from wnyc.org that teaches you how to say some New York-oriented words correctly. Click here or on the picture below to explore:
We’ve highlighted this website before, but we’re highlighting it again because we here at the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program have created many more sets of vocabulary words and also added audio to them in recent months. You can also practice your pronunciation with our phonics sets. Click here or on the picture below to take a look:
Out of fairness to our students – who come from many different countries – we don’t give bilingual classes. But there’s a website you can use at home using your first language to study English (and English speakers can use it to study other languages, too.) It’s called Duolingo. So far, Duolingo supports these languages:
Many of our students are trying to become U.S. citizens. An excellent site you can use to study for the U.S. Citizenship Test (also known as the Naturalization Test) comes from U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. They have everything you need to pass the test: flashcards, interactive lessons, booklets, and all kinds of other study materials.
University Settlement is on the Lower East Side of New York City. Many – but not all – of our students live and work on the Lower East Side. Below you will find two websites that provide news and interesting articles about what’s happening in our neighborhood. Click on the names or pictures below to visit them:
From the New York Times Learning Network:
1. After looking closely at the image above (or at the full-size image), think about these three questions:
- What’s going on in this picture?
- What do you see that makes you say that?
- What more can you find?
2. Next, join the conversation by posting a comment. (Please remember not to post your last name.)
3. After you have posted, try reading back to see what others have said, then respond to someone else by posting another comment. Use the “@” symbol to address that student directly.
Each Monday, NYT’s collaborators, Visual Thinking Strategies, will facilitate a discussion from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Eastern time by paraphrasing comments and linking to responses to help students’ understanding go deeper. You might use their responses as models for your own.
4. On Tuesday, the NYT will reveal more information at the bottom of this post about the photo. How does reading the caption and learning its “back story” help you to see the image differently?