Friday, October 28, 2011

Media Center Surveys For Fall

Are you teaching in the Media Center this fall? If so, please complete this online survey anytime between now and the end of the term. We conduct these surveys with both students and faculty twice a year, and we use the results to make decisions about workshops, materials development, and more. This is your chance to give us feedback - so please do!

We are setting aside the weeks of October 31 and November 7 to have students do a short survey as well. Please set aside 5-10 minutes of class to allow your students to complete their survey. Media Center staff will be able to assist you and your students.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Two Activities And One Song

There are some new activities posted outside the Media Center, on the wiki, and in the worksheet binders. Here's a roundup.

First, a seasonal cooking clip from the Barefoot Contessa, appropriate for lower level students. The language focus here is on cooking verbs.

Then, a clip from a new network sitcom, Suburgatory. The language focus here is on analyzing portmanteaus, and would probably work best with intermediate or advanced students.

The song was a 2007 collaboration between Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson; it's a cover of a song released by a lesser known band in 2006. The cast of Glee did a version of this song last year, and it was performed by Bruno Mars at the 2011 Video Music Awards as a tribute to Winehouse. The lyrics are simple and repetitive, and it follows a nice rhyme scheme; it could work with lower level students.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Poetry Translation Event

Do you bring poetry into your classes? If you enjoy reading poetry with students, you might want to encourage them to participate in the upcoming Collective Translation event at LaGuardia. Last year, participants translated a Kay Ryan poem into over 25 languages. How many languages groups will be represented this year, and how many translations will they produce? People from all language backgrounds and skill levels are welcome, and the English department faculty is eager to have TELC students (and faculty!) participate.

This year's featured poet is William Carlos Williams - why not bring his work into your classes? The Poetry Foundation site has some great resources for exploring his life and work: a bio and some collected poems, annotated poems with learning guides, discussions of his work, and much more. If you are teaching an advanced class, look into the parodies of his poems. This Is Just To Say That I Am Tired Of Sharing An Apartment With William Carlos Williams is an amusing take on one of his best-loved poems.

The translation event will be held on Wednesday, November 2, from 2:15-4:30. If you or your students want to participate, please RSVP to Prof. Chris Alexander at List the languages you speak for planning purposes.

Image from 'A River Of Words' by Melissa Sweet and Jen Bryant

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

LiveWire: The October Issue

Here's the latest issue of LaGuardia's monthly newsletter.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Survey Results: Spring 2011

We did a survey of student and teacher opinions of the Media Center. Here are the results of that survey.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

StoryCorps and Queens

StoryCorps will be dedicating an entire week to recording the stories of the people of Queens. Would your class be interested in participating in this? If so, you can make a reservation by calling 646-723-7020 (ext 27) or emailing

Which reminds me... the StoryCorps Question Generator is a good brainstorming tool for class prep.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Materials on Media Center Server

Are you teaching in the Media Center with a new textbook this term? If you have audio or video for the text that you would like on the Media Center server, please see me. I'll have a staff member get what you need onto the network.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Recording In The Media Center: A Recap

If you missed the recent workshop on recording with students in the Media Center, click through to watch this tutorial video. You can also flip through this presentation (without audio) at your own pace below.

We would like to find a Monday or Wednesday evening to give this workshop to evening faculty. Please email Heather or Abdou to let us know which night of the week is more convenient.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Questions for the Classroom

Curiosity Question II

On the hunt for writing prompts or discussion questions? Check out this list from the New York Times Learning Network for some ideas.