Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Moth at LaGuardia

Have you ever listened to the stories on The Moth, or used one in class? Even better, have you ever attended an event?

The Moth is coming to LaGuardia next week, and the theme of the night is Pushed. Storytellers will tell stories about "being pushed around, over the edge, out of the plane, into the marriage, out of the job, under the bus, through the fire or towards the light." People are invited to tell their stories related to this theme (more info on that process here) - or just enjoy the stories of others.

This is a ticketed event, and tickets can be purchased ($10) here. Please share this information with your students!

Friday, October 13, 2017

TELC Stories: Linda

Linda at the Great Wall
Learn more about what Linda experienced and learned this summer when she traveled to China to teach with with two other CUNY professors on the #telcstories blog.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Skills In Practice: Professional Development Day 2017

Please join us for a professional development day on Friday, November 10 from 9:00am to 2:00pm. The theme of this year's day is a practical approach to teaching various language and academic skills. Faculty and staff from TELC and CLIP will present sessions on critical thinking, pronunciation, reading, and writing.

Please RSVP here. Lunch will be served from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, so your response will help us to have an accurate count.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New student handbook, #telcstories and fall book club

Welcome back! This is one of a few First Day pics we posted on social media. Check out the rest on Facebook or Instagram.

A few updates.....

We have created a new student handbook, for students in all programs. The handbook has information about: our programs, student visas, LaGuardia, living in the US, applying to college, and applying for jobs. Please check it out and direct students to it, if they are looking for program information:

We posted two fun #telcstories at the end of the summer:

We profiled Jimmy and how his dancing and his ESL teaching inform each other. We appreciate him sharing his story.

And we shared a review of Bryant Park written by, Rainy, a 9/10 student this summer.  Please let Kate know if you have student work that we could highlight on the blog, or students who have stories we could feature.

Finally, this fall Book Club will be reading the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. We will meet on Tuesdays, 1 pm – 2pm. Please join us and spread the word with students.

To a fun and productive quarter!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Neuroscience of Pitch

Here's a really fascinating neurological look at how important intonations and pitch are in spoken language. KQED News - quoting an article in Science - says:
Now scientists are reporting in the journal Science that they have identified specialized brain cells that help us understand what a speaker really means. These cells do this by keeping track of changes in the pitch of the voice.
Pronunciation and listening/speaking teachers, have a look!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Voting For Our Fall Book

Daytime reading teachers, please help us get the word out to students about voting for this fall's book club selection. When we polled students on their preferred genres last week, they chose travel, fantasy, mystery, and science fiction. Here is the list of books we selected that match their preferred genres.

There is a link to the online survey on our Facebook page; the link can also be found here. We are putting flyers in the mailboxes of teachers at Level 3 and higher for you to bring to class and show to your students - please encourage them to vote for their choice after class.

Thank you for your support in building a culture of reading at TELC - we hope you'll join us this fall!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Teen English Academy at TELC

The teens and their teachers in Times Square
Today was the last day of the Teen English Academy. Read more about the program and what this summer's teens thought about it on the #telcstories blog.