Monday, November 29, 2010

An Activity for Semester's End

This Storycorps interview offers a unique insight into being John Lennon's son, not to mention being Yoko Ono as a child! A vocabulary-oriented activity is the in the binder and on the board outside the Media Center.

Sean Lennon and his mother Yoko Ono

Image from Storycorps

Friday, November 19, 2010

Media Center Opinion Survey

If you are teaching in the Media Center this term, we'd like you to complete this short survey. Your feedback helps us run the lab as best we can, so please participate!

Click here to take survey.

Your student? Image by Gent, via Flickr.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A TELC Success Story

One of our alumni, Jhony Guerrero, just won the Goldman Sachs Technology Bridge Program Internship for 2011. This is a paid internship which is open to community college students who are interested in furthering their studies in technology at a four-year institution. He'll either work in application development or in infrastructure engineering. If you see Jhony, be sure to congratulate him!

Throwing Stars
meddygarnet on Flickr

Monday, November 15, 2010


Do you feel like talking about Thanksgiving in class? Check out these teaching resources from The New York Times. There's a good assortment of materials here, from simple crosswords and gap-fill activities to topical and critical articles.

Vintage Portrait Photo Picture of a Child holding a Turkey Bird

Beverly and Pack via Flickr

Thursday, November 11, 2010

TED and Photography

The power of the image and the TED projects were recurring themes at Professional Development Day. How fitting, then, that the 2011 TED Prize has been awarded to the French photographer and street artist JR. Click through after the pictures for an interview and video.

 Meet JR: Video interview and FAQ about the 2011 TED Prize winner

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Professional Development Day Redux

I am a writer.
David Turnbull's inspiration, via Flickr

TELC is full of teachers with the talents and attitudes necessary to prepare English-language learners for the road ahead. Professional Development Day was a success because of your willingness to share, and I want to thank you.

Special thanks go to Liz Clark of the LaGuardia English department (her presentation is here) for helping us to understand the challenges our students face when they get to the credit programs. We learned from Michele that the new CUNY Assessment Test in Writing (CAT-W) emphasizes the development of ideas and critical thinking more than the previous entrance test. Based on what I saw today, it seems that many teachers are well on their way in preparing students for these heightened expectations at the testing stage and beyond.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

TELC Teachers: Blogging!

Check out TELC Journal, Jeff Schuster's ESL teaching blog. Does anybody else have a web project they'd like to share?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Professional Development Day: Focus On Writing

This year's Professional Development Day will focus on the teaching of writing, and I'm excited that so many faculty members have agreed to share their ideas. Click here for the program.

If you are planning to attend on November 10, please RSVP by this Wednesday (November 3) on the sign-up sheet in the teachers' room. That way we can order enough lunch for everyone!