Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fall 2012 Faculty Newsletter

Here is the Fall 2012 faculty newsletter. You also have a copy in your mailbox.

Monday, December 3, 2012

College Prep For TELC Students

Evening and Saturday teachers, if you are interested in taking your classes to this, please RSVP to Olivia by Thursday, December 6.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Teacher Ideas: True Stories From Level Four

Thanks to Kevin Lathrop for this installment of the Teacher Ideas series. These stories from students at Level 4 offer some interesting insight.

Image from Tumblr

True Stories From Level Four, by Kevin Lathrop

Everyone in New York faces life challenges. Living here is especially difficult for people who haven’t yet mastered English.  As we design our courses, we should remember to keep our lessons relevant to real life. I often encourage students to share true stories. These are from level 4.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Reader's Theater

Thanks to Wayne and his students for another great Reader's Theater production! Here are a few pics. Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

LaGuardia Media Studies

The Media Studies Department at LaGuardia has their own news channel on YouTube. The stories are written, shot, directed, and produced entirely by students. We know that there are a lot of aspiring filmmakers at TELC too, so they might be interested in learning more about this department at LaGuardia. Here's the latest clip.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Evening Labs Revised for Hurricane Sandy

If you are teaching in the Media Center in the evening program, here is a revised schedule for your reference. It is also posted on the faculty website, in the teachers' room, and in the office.


Listening / Speaking
6:50 – 9:20
Reading / Writing
6:50 – 9:35
Listening / Speaking
6:50 – 9:20
Reading / Writing
6:50 – 9:35
3B / 4A

6:50 – 7:40

6:50 – 7:45

6:50 – 7:40


6:50 – 7:45

7:40 – 8:30

7:45 – 8:40

7:40 – 8:30

7:45 – 8:40

8:30 – 9:20
3B / 4A

8:40 – 9:35

8:30 – 9:20

8:40 – 9:35

Monday, November 12, 2012

Upcoming Citizenship Events

Citizenship Now! is a CUNY-wide organization that helps permanent residents with their citizenship applications. Recently, they've also been holding workshops on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

This Friday, November 16, there is a citizenship application assistance day at Baruch College. The event is from 1:00 - 5:00 pm and requires reservation. Only the first 75 people will be admitted. Click the link above for more information.

Evening and Saturday students in particular often ask us questions about these resources. Please take a moment to mention this in class. Thanks!

(Image by stacediva on Instagram.)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

TELC Chooses Obama!

Making Up Time From Hurricane Sandy: The Day Programs

Victoria sent an email out today about how we will make up time in the AM and PM programs. I've copied the salient points here.


We will use the two days initially canceled (for Professional Development Day and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving) as two of the make-up days.  The remaining two make-up days will be added to the end of the quarter.  Thus, the class make-up schedule will look like this:

AM classes, which were originally scheduled to end on Monday, December 3 at 10:30am, will now end on Wednesday, December 5 at 10:30.
Day College was Closed Make-Up Day
Monday, October 29 Monday, December 3            (8:45-10:30 & 11:00-12:45)
Tuesday, October 30 Tuesday, December 4            (8:45-10:30 & 11:00-12:45)
Wednesday, October 31 Wednesday, November 21    (8:45-10:30 & 11:00-12:45)
Thursday, November 1 Thursday, November 8          (8:45-10:30 & 11:00-12:45)


As with the AM program, one of the afternoon classes will be made up on Wednesday, November 21, the day before Thanksgiving.  We will be adding three additional classes to the end of the quarter to make up the remaining 3 classes:

PM classes, which were originally scheduled to end on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30pm, will now end on Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30pm.
Day College was Closed Make-Up Day
Monday, October 29 Monday, December 17
Tuesday, October 30 Tuesday, December 18          
Wednesday, October 31 Wednesday, November 21  
Thursday, November 1 Thursday, December 13    

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Reminder: Professional Development Day Canceled

This is just another reminder that we will have DIP AM classes as usual on Thursday to make up for the days we lost due to Hurricane Sandy. Please continue to remind your students.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Friday After Sandy

If you are teaching tomorrow, November 1, you should be aware that we might need to combine classes and levels, depending on how many of our colleagues are able to make it in. Rebecca B. had the excellent idea to compile some Hurricane Sandy themed materials that could be used in combined classes. Please feel free to take some of these ideas; make suggestions of your own in the comments.


These photo slideshows from New York Magazine could be used as warm-up, discussion, or writing materials. Consider showing one or more of the photos and ask students to generate vocabulary lists, talk in pairs or groups about what they see, or write about what they see. Also, this could lead to students sharing their own photos from Sandy with the rest of the class.


Since levels might be combined, it might be best to keep the readings as simple as possible. Here is a short and easy letter to Metropolitan Diaries at the New York Times, followed by a more complex article on Mayor Bloomberg's Spanish.


Since Friday is a writing day anyhow, this might be a nice chance to allow the students to write about their own Sandy experiences. A simple prompt on the board, and you're good to go.

Thanks to all who can make it in tomorrow, and I hope everyone is safe.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Professional Development Day

Mark your calendars! Sign up sheets will be in the teachers' room.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Presidential Election at TELC

Are you talking about the presidential election in class? I've heard teachers say their classes have done debate analysis, studied the workings of the electoral college, and examined the issues the candidates have been raising. Today I overheard some classroom talk about the debt ceiling and trade embargoes, so I know our students are thinking about these issues. Our students may not be able to voice their opinion in the actual election, but we are interested in their thoughts regardless. Let them know we will be holding our own presidential election at TELC, and each of them will get to cast a vote.

DIP AM and PM classes will vote on Monday, November 5. Evening classes will vote on both November 5 and November 6. Saturday students will be able to vote on either October 27 or November 3. Please plan ahead and make time in your classes for this.

Ballots will be put in teacher mailboxes for in-class voting, and our counter staff will tally the results by program. We'll share the results as soon as they are ready.

Monday, October 22, 2012

TELC to LaGuardia: Fall 2012

Abdoul, Akif, Bernadetta, Boram, Burak, Chikako, David, Enes, Gamze, Hanna, Hyun Dong, JeongUk, Jiulong, Keunseok, KiHyun, Kotaroh, Linlin, Madalena, Manuel, Miguel, Miki, Nathalia, Nazir, Nicho, Sho, So Hyeon, So Kyung, Woojung, Yash Kamlesh, Young Hee, and Yun Feng.

These are the TELC grads who started at LaGuardia in the fall. We're so proud of them!

LiveWire: The Fall Issue

This will be the last issue of LiveWire. From the Marketing and Communications team:
"The majority of the stories that appear in LiveWire also get disseminated in other College-wide communications vehicles in print, online or via Groupwise to both internal and external readership. So, in an effort to reduce this redundancy, better utilize the News Center page of the LaGuardia website, a desire to embrace social media, and increase sustainable paperless practices campus-wide, LiveWire will be discontinued."
You can find the final issue here.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Where Are Our Students From?

We recently finished compiling the demographic information for all programs for the fall term, and we thought you'd be interested in knowing where our students come from. The slideshow below breaks down the population of students by program: morning, afternoon, evening, and Saturday.

There are a few patterns worth noting here. Our enrollment of Chinese students continues to grow every term across all of our programs; there are a significant number of Chinese in the evening and Saturday programs, even though they appear as Other in the charts above. Also, in the evening programs, the great majority of our Polish students are enrolled in the part-time Reading and Writing courses; they tell us they feel comfortable with speaking and listening, but need to improve their writing skills for the workplace.

We plan on conducting some more demographic research with the evening and Saturday students to get a better picture of their needs, and we also welcome your input on the shifting demographics at TELC.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Some Teacher Humor

Our website is back up - thanks for your patience! Also, here is some teacher humor to brighten your day.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Our Website Is Down!

The TELC website and the faculty site are down, and the web development team at the college is working on it. See one of the administrators if you need anything from the site - and we'll hopefully be up and running soon!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Candy Cab NYC

Here is a possible warm-up topic for you! The NY Daily News ran a sweet little story about a NYC taxi driver who is giving free candy to his passengers. The story is short, uses relatively simple language, and might even work for lower-level students. The driver also has a charming Twitter and Instagram.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Conference at LaGuardia

Register for this CUNY-sponsored conference by contacting Marilyn Maiz (email listed above).

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Banned Books Week

September 30 - October 6 is Banned Books Week. The American Library Association and the Banned Books Week site have a lot of information on frequently challenged books and how libraries and educators can respond and raise awareness.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Just For Fun: Advice From Thelonious Monk

Open Culture posted this list of tips from Thelonious Monk for playing a gig. Some of them seem to work as tips for writing, too. I like "Avoid the hecklers." In any case, enjoy the list, and have a great Friday!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Teacher Ideas: Smartphones

Wayne shared this article on smartphone dependency. The video below is a series of short man-on-the-street interviews with New Yorkers on the same topic. There's a lot in here to serve as food for discussion. Thanks, Wayne!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Activity: Gangnam Style as Satire and Global Online Phenomenon

I made a silly joke about Gangnam Style to some students the other day, and when I saw how excited the Korean students got, I realized this was a perfect, timely thing to talk about in class. The activity I made is appropriate for students at intermediate and advanced levels, with a focus on vocabulary and reading and listening comprehension.

If you haven't already seen the video for Gangnam Style, here it is. It's all in Korean, so there's not much to do in our classes with this. (You may now be wondering how in the world to use this in class. Understood.)

The activity I created uses a short article and video from the Wall Street Journal. It could support discussions about online media, virality, satire, popular culture in different countries, or pop culture as an increasingly global phenomenon; I think Korean students might enjoy sharing their own insights on this song, the artist, and contemporary Korean culture. Let me know if you talk about Gangnam Style in class, and please film any dancing that may occur!

Monday, September 17, 2012

One Activity and Two Songs for the New Term

Welcome back! We've created three warm-up activities for the fall term; an video and reading activity designed to help students understand the presidential election process, and two songs with different levels of vocabulary difficulty.

The activity on the election process begins with this video and a series of comprehension questions designed to help students understand some important concepts and terms. The students are then instructed to go to the interactive electoral map at The New York Times, and find the answers to questions specific to the 2012 election. We've also devoted a section of the Media Center board to fielding questions and comments about the election, and we plan on sharing those student questions and opinions with faculty and students via this blog and Facebook. We've noticed that this topic is confusing yet interesting for our students, and we thought we'd try to capture this momentum. (Also, we're going to do a TELC election on Election Day, so let your students know!)

The activity that accompanies this song focuses on verbs and verb forms. The lyrics are very simple and repetitive, and the activity would make a nice warm-up for a low-level class.

There is a version of this song on YouTube with many more views, but absolutely nothing of interest happens in the actual video; therefore, we chose this video shot in Tokyo. The xx has some international recognition, and our students may be familiar with their first album. This song is off their latest release, and the lyrics are simple but poetic. The activity focuses on adjectives, verbs, and verb forms.

As a reminder, worksheets for these activities can be found on the board outside the Media Center, in the binder in the teachers' computer room, in the binder at the teacher desk in the Media Center, and electronically on the wiki. Feel free to adapt them for your classes.

(Oh, and fans of the original Caine's Arcade video - look here and below! If you show this to your class, let us know what they thought of it!)

Deferred Action: An Event For Educators

The Literacy Assistance Center shared this information about an upcoming information session for educators on the "Obama thing" that many of our students are asking about. If you are interested in learning more about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, this event is free.

Are your students asking you about “that Obama thing”? Are you wondering what your role is in the Deferred Action process? Are you interested in sharing ways of supporting immigrant youth with other educators?

New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) and Rachel Einbund, Esq. present Deferred Action for Educators

Thursday, September 27th
6 pm – 8 pm
NYU 3rd Floor Pless Hall
82 Washington Square East

LEARN all about the new Deferred Action program, including important legal guidelines for advising students

UNDERSTAND the facts about DACA and dispel the myths you may have heard

SHARE your experience with your students and help guide them in the right direction

Refreshments will be provided RSVP here:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dG1nS3pWa0h3NmQ2Tjhtbld4X0ZFMHc6MQ#gid=0

* Need information sooner? Check out these links:
New York Immigration Coalition: http://www.thenyic.org/
New York State Youth Leadership Council: http://www.nysylc.org/

Friday, September 14, 2012

Webinar on Soloist and Virtuoso

Media Center teachers, you may be interested in this upcoming free webinar series on the basics of the Soloist and Virtuoso systems.

Click here to register for one of two hour-long presentations on Tuesday, September 18.

A good introduction for teachers new to the system, and a good refresher for people who are looking for one!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

LaGuardia's Student News

The September issue of LaGuardia's student newsletter can be found here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What's Going On In Your Classes?

Rebecca B. shared this video of her student Tim performing a Jason Mraz song in class as part of his midterm presentation. We shared it on Facebook, and there was a lot of audience interaction. Thanks to Tim and Rebecca!

We'd love to showcase more of this sort of thing on our social media sites, because it really drives student (and potential student) interest in our school. If you have pictures or video of interesting things happening in class, please share!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Imagination Prompt Generator

Here's a great resource for writing and speaking prompts: the Imagination Prompt Generator. Keep clicking for more and more prompts.

Some other gems I've come across include:
  • Name five things in your freezer.
  • If your tears could speak to you, what would they say?
  • Children are...
  • Today when I put on my pants, I...

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Visual Thesaurus

Visual Thesaurus is an interactive visually-based dictionary and thesaurus. The site is subscription-based, but you can start with a free 14-day trial. A sample entry is below; notice all the ways you could interact with the entry to get more information about the word.

If you don't want to subscribe to the service, there are a number of contributing columnists who write about various elements of language - and you can read these columns without subscription. Two standouts for me are Word Routes by Ben Zimmer (which looks at how words and phrases have made their way into English), and Evasive Maneuvers by Mark Peters (which looks at euphemisms). Check it out and let me know what your favorite column is!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Connected Educator Month at The Learning Network

The Learning Network at The New York Times rounded up a number of ways for educators to stay connected. It's a long list, but an interesting one - and you might recognize one of the names.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Connected Educators Month

The US Department of Education has named August Connected Educators Month, and there will be many free professional development opportunities around the web for teachers across the curriculum. The main site of the project is a good place to start for information about discussions, courses, keynote speeches, webinars and podcasts. The hashtag for the event is #ce12, for those of you on Twitter and the like. I'll blog things here as I find them, especially those events that are geared towards the teaching of English as a Second Language.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Media Center Board Activities: Summer Buzz

This summer, I hope to make new activities from week to week that reference pop culture that people are buzzing about. The first activities I've posted are a song by Frank Ocean (who made headlines for coming out in a blog post), and an interview with Lena Dunham and a clip from her show, Girls (which has made headlines for its portrayal of the lives of young women in New York City).

If you have ideas for buzzworthy topics, please email me the links!

Monday, July 23, 2012

New Materials on Media Center Wiki

Image from marvelsandwonders on Instagram
Thanks to Kevin, Neil, and Sherwin for writing some new lessons suitable for use in computer labs. We posted them on the Media Center wiki. If you are unfamiliar with our wiki or haven't used it in a while, it functions as an internet-based file cabinet that you can access from anywhere you have a web connection. There are a lot of teaching resources inside it, including lesson plans and links to websites for teaching. If you don't know how to log in, or you can't recall how it is set up, see Heather for assistance.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Humans Of New York

Do you know the photoblog Humans Of New York? The project's Facebook page is updated more frequently, so be sure to check that, too. These photos might serve as interesting writing or conversation prompts.

Add caption

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

TELC Alumni at Barnard

From left to right: Awa, Dominique and SeungHwan.

Editor's Note: We are excited to retract our earlier story about two TELC alumni, and make it a story about three of them.

We are very proud of two three (!) TELC alumni, Dominique Djedjro, SeungHwan Oh, (and we've just learned) Awa Kinde, who were selected to participate in the Intercollegiate Partnership with Barnard this summer. This is a 5-week residential program, and Awa, Dominique and SeungHwan will each take two credit-bearing science courses. This is a great honor, and we wish to congratulate them!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Making Textbooks Cheaper

Textbooks are very expensive, but the web makes it easier for students to buy and sell used copies, or even rent books. PostingBlock is a new resale site that was developed by some LaGuardia grads, and it is geared toward the greater CUNY community; Chegg is a textbook rental service with many ESL titles available. Share this with your students! (I realize the semester is coming to an end, and that this information is not immediately useful - but I will repost it again at the beginning of summer term.)

Image from sharonkakaka on Instagram.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Share With Students: Transit Of Venus

Photo from The LA Times
It happens on Tuesday, and it won't happen again until 2117! There is a lot of excellent information here about the transit of Venus, where to view it, and how to view it safely. (It might be too late to buy the proper glasses, but you can always make a simple pinhole projector.)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

TELC On The Air

Students in the Language Clinic are hard work today with WNYC Radio. Their recordings will be used at an upcoming Kings County event on June 10, with a radio broadcast to follow on June 23. I'll post that link once the show airs!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Admissions is "a character driven, feature-length creative nonfiction film exploring the stories of four undocumented students at American universities." It is being screened tomorrow (May 30) in the Little Theater at 2pm.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Flipping The Classroom

You may have heard of the concept of a flipped classroom, but what do you think of the idea? Would this work in some way for English language instruction? Would you try it?

This TED Talk by Salman Khan, the creator of Khan Academy, is a great primer on the concept of the flipped classroom. 

If this is interesting to you and you want to learn more, you might be interested in this webinar scheduled for Thursday, May 24 from 2:00 - 3:00pm: The Three Ts: Using Technology to Change the Use of Time in Teaching. Click the link to register for free.

Monday, May 21, 2012

LiveWire: The April/May Issue

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

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Teacher Ideas: Steps From Saturday ESL To College And Career

Here is the second installation in our Teacher Ideas series for this term. Thanks to Kevin for giving us a feel for the Saturday students.

Image courtesy of Luminitsa on Flickr.

Steps From Saturday ESL To College, by Kevin Lathrop

Teachers and staff in the STEP Program are looking at ways to increase opportunities for students who study on Saturday to enter college and prepare for careers, or, in some cases, resume careers they had before.

Diego is a student from Colombia who is in his fifth quarter in the STEP Program. He is interested in going to college to study something involving architecture. He was a topographer for three years. The problems stopping him from pursuing higher education are English and time. He works six days a week and sometimes seven. Diego has a twenty-six year old son who works as an accountant, having graduated from Saint John’s University. Diego hopes his son can one day supplement the household income so that he can reduce his work schedule to three or four days a week. If that happens, Diego can go to college. Otherwise, he says, he would need to win the Lottery.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Logical Fallacies

We talk a lot about helping students develop their critical thinking skills and build stronger arguments, and I'm always looking for ways to approach this skill. This poster is probably too advanced for most of our students, but it might be useful to review some of these concepts with students at the higher levels - or it might serve as a useful reference tool for the teacher.

The larger of the files have extra text, including hilarious illustrations of the fallacies. The sample ad hominem argument: After Sally presents an eloquent and compelling case for a more equitable taxation system, Sam asks the audience whether we should believe anything from a woman who isn’t married, was once arrested, and smells a bit weird.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Reader Ideas At The New York Times

There's an interesting lesson for English language learners up at the Learning Network at the New York Times right now. Take a look!

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Postcrossing is "a project that allows anyone to receive postcards (real ones, not electronic) from random places in the world." From the site:
The goal of this project is to allow people to receive postcards from all over the world, for free. Well, almost free! The main idea is that: if you send a postcard, you will receive at least one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world.
Maybe this is something your students would like? Perhaps you could do this as a class project, or perhaps you could suggest it as an activity for the students to pursue on their own. The unofficial language of the project is English, so it's an informal and fun way for students to practice their writing. I've been doing the project for about two months now, and I have a lot of fun sending interesting postcards - but I have the most fun finding one in the mail. It's the best surprise! Here's a gallery of the cards I've received so far.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Teacher Ideas: Green If You Get It, Red If You Don't

We are trying something new with the Media Center blog this term: teacher ideas. Teachers can write short articles, submit them to me, and we'll post them on the blog. At the end of the term, we will collect and publish these articles in the form of a newsletter. Our hope is that the blog becomes a useful vehicle for sharing teaching ideas with one another throughout the term, on an ongoing basis. Thanks to Jeanine for the first submission!

Image courtesy of Kate Ter Haar on Flickr.

Green If You Get It, Red If You Don't, by Jeanine Efthimiou

As I was going through renovation work last fall and spending lots of my time in hardware stores, I passed by paint color sample cards many times a week and an idea crossed my mind. I thought that if some students may be too shy or feel embarrassed to say that they don’t understand something in the classroom, they might feel more comfortable showing it visually using those cards.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Caine's Arcade

Had I seen this sooner, I would have definitely made an activity to go with it! This is a great little story about creativity, entrepreneurship, a smart child, and a supportive group of adults. Use it in class, or just watch for fun.

Caine's Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Media Center Workshop: Navigating The Blog & New Lab Functions

Join us on Thursday, April 12 or Friday, April 13 from 1:00 - 2:00 for a Media Center workshop. We will explore ways of navigating the Media Center blog and using it as a vehicle for reaching other useful teaching sites. We will also review some new functions in the equipment in the Media Center.

Blog (detall)
Photo courtesy of Lady Madonna on Flickr.

Two Activities and Three Songs

Welcome back, everybody, and happy spring! These are the new activities outside the Media Center for the spring term. The worksheets are available on the board outside C311, the binders in the teachers' computer room and at the teacher's desk in C311, or on the wiki.

The three songs are current hits from different genres. Each activity has a vocabulary focus.

This Taylor Swift song is a country-influenced lullaby, and it appears on the soundtrack to The Hunger Games. The cloze activity focuses on nouns.

This Gotye song contains some interesting verb phrases (to cut offto let go, to make sense, to read into, to screw over) . The cloze activity focuses on nouns as well as verbs and verb phrases.

This B.o.B song contains a lot of proper nouns and their adjective forms; the activity focuses on those.

The two activities have conversation components, and are probably better suited for class use and not individual study.

Battleground is a Hulu television production about the American electoral process set in the swing state of Wisconsin. The trailer is a nice jumping off point for the series as a whole, and could be used to introduce vocabulary and concepts about the political process in the US to students.

Teaching A Halal Way To Make A Living is a video that accompanies the article The Tutor Speaks Cabby at The New York Times. The activity has some comprehension questions, and a simple discussion question.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

LiveWire: The March Issue

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

Monday, March 12, 2012


TED-Ed is a new project by the same folks who bring us TED Talks. Watch the video below for more info.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Computer Labs - A Wish List

Do you have ideas for software that would be useful for teaching in one of the division's computer labs? Help us create a wish list. Click the button for a quick and anonymous survey - we'll share the results with IT.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Professional Development At The New School: Randi Reppen

In case you were not able to attend Randi Reppen's talk in February, it's up on The New School's YouTube channel.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

VOA Resources For Academic English

Looking for a mini-lesson to work into your course? Voice of America has some short lessons on taking the TOEFL, academic notetaking, applying to American colleges, and writing a college essay. Each lesson consists of a short lecture with slides, and a computer-based quiz - ideal for lab time or homework. Teachers in the DIP programs might find these lessons useful.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Upcoming Webinars

Mark your calendars for two upcoming webinars. Click the links below for more information and registration.

February 28 at 3:00pm
As part of the Pearson Longman Great Teachers series, Christina Cavage will explore blended learning strategies using Pearson's MyEnglishLabs software as a model course management tool.

March 1 at 3:30pm
Cambridge is hosting a talk by Dr. Randi Reppen, author of their Grammar and Beyond Series. Dr. Reppen will explore the teaching of grammar, with a focus on integration with writing and use of corpora.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Teaching Common Text Types

Do you ever take the time to look at the teaching ideas on the New York Times Learning Network? This post from December is worth a look. Find ideas for teaching three common text types: the cause and effect text, the compare and contrast text, and the problem and solution text. (And have a look in the comments section for input from Krashen.)

And as a related aside, there are great sample Venn diagrams all over the internet, many with a light and humorous touch to get students playing with the concept of comparison and contrast. This Tumblr is a fun place to look for samples. This site has Venns as well as other sorts of graphics and charts, all infused with a bit of humor and wisdom.

Venn diagram from Indexed.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Digital Learning Day

Today is the first ever Digital Learning Day! There is a lot to explore on the central website. Highlights include toolkits for educators and a National Town Hall webcast with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at 1pm today. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter via the hashtag #DLDay.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Direct Downloads from TED

Good news for fans of the TED series! TED has started to make a majority of their catalog available for direct download. If you download the video to save on a flash drive, you can get around the long buffering times in the smart classrooms or labs. Look for the download button below the video (see below).

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Professional Development at The New School

Here is an upcoming event at the English Language Studies Center at the New School:

Resources and Ideas for Language Teaching from Natural Language (Corpora): A Workshop with Randi Reppin

The New School
Wednesday, February 22 at 6:00p.m.
Theresa Lang Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Tech Tools For Streaming And Polling: A Recap

Thank you to those who participated in the workshops last week - we had a nice turnout both days, and I've heard from a few faculty members about successful saving of video. Please keep me posted on what you try and how it goes.

If you were unable to attend, here are two handouts you might find useful: a list of the sites we visited and explored, and guidelines on fair use and copyright from CUNY's general counsel.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January 18 Web Blackouts

If you notice that the web looks different today (perhaps you can't find anything on Wikipedia?!), have a look here to learn more.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Media Center Workshop: New Tech Tools for Streaming and Polling In the Classroom

Frustrated by the slow streaming from YouTube in the smart classrooms? Can't play a radio show because it just won't load? (Smart classrooms don't always feel so smart...) Or, are you looking for a new way to get quick and honest feedback from your students about what they are learning or what they might be struggling with? We've got some tools to show you that might help.

Please mark your calendars for a workshop being offered on either Thursday January 19 or Friday, January 20. We will meet in C333 (NOT the Media Center!) from 1:00 - 2:00 on those dates.

Three Activities and Two Songs

Welcome back, everybody! Here are the new activities outside the Media Center for Winter 2012. The worksheets are available on the board outside C311, the binders in the teachers' computer room and at the teacher's desk in C311, or on the wiki.

There are two activities that combine clips from movies with text from the novels that inspired them. These activities might be more well-suited for students in intermediate to advanced levels. If you are looking for contemporary fiction to bring into the classroom, perhaps pair reading The Help or The Hunger Games with watching the movie.

This clip from the current season of 30 Rock features a long and vocabulary-rich monologue by Alec Baldwin's character, Jack Donaghy. The activity asks students to listen to the monologue while reading a gloss; they can then try to determine the meaning of some highlighted words and phrases.

The songs are currently popular on both the radio and as digital downloads. Keep Me In Mind by the Zac Brown Band is a contemporary country song with easy lyrics, and its equally simple structure makes a comfortable listening activity for students in the lower levels. Shake It Out by British stars Florence + The Machine is lyrically much more complex, but provides an opportunity for students in the higher levels to study idiomatic expressions.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Your LaGuardia Email

Liz sent an email around this week about the advantages of keeping your LaGuardia email active and current. The best reason is to speed up your smart classroom login time!

Because LaGuardia email passwords were recently reset, you will need to set a new password for your account. Here are the instructions again for your reference.
  1. Go to http://gw.lagcc.cuny.edu. (There is also a link on the LaGuardia website, bottom right, under "Communicate.")
  2. Login with your USERNAME (first letter of first name + last name, e.g. wshakespeare) and the password (queens2012).
  3. In the top right corner of your inbox, click Options.  A window will open; click the Password tab in the window.  Type the old and new passwords.  
  4. Take a few minutes to delete old messages.  
See me or Liz with any questions!