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.