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.

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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.

REVISED FOR HURRICANE SANDY

Monday
Listening / Speaking
6:50 – 9:20
Tuesday
Reading / Writing
6:50 – 9:35
Wednesday
Listening / Speaking
6:50 – 9:20
Thursday
Reading / Writing
6:50 – 9:35
3B / 4A
Applebaum

6:50 – 7:40
2B
Olerich

6:50 – 7:45
1B2
Pelc

6:50 – 7:40

2A2
Patterson

6:50 – 7:45
2A2
Patterson

7:40 – 8:30
3B
Zablocki

7:45 – 8:40
1B1
Sassi

7:40 – 8:30
2A1
Martin

7:45 – 8:40
3A
Hosmer

8:30 – 9:20
3B / 4A
Kelber

8:40 – 9:35
2B
McHugh

8:30 – 9:20
1B2
Kroll

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.


DIP AM  

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)

DIP PM  

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.

Photography

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.


Reading

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.


Writing

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.