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.