Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Here is another Oscars-themed activity to do with students. In this activity, students can read about the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild (from the Wikipedia article), and learn about the particular geography of Louisiana in the process. Then, students can watch a clip from the NBC show Rock Center; Ann Curry interviews Quvenzhane Wallace and Dwight Henry about the making of the film. It's particularly charming because Wallace is the youngest person to be nominated for Best Actress in the history of the Academy Awards, and because both of the lead actors are amateurs.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Name Our Team!

Sports are coming to LaGuardia! Starting in Fall 2013, LaGuardia will have a men's and a women's basketball team, and in 2014 we will add men's and women's soccer and swimming. The college is asking for ideas for team names from students, faculty, and staff. Click through here for guidelines and the submission form.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Some New Activities: The Oscars

We've got two Oscars-themed activities ready to go for the term, with a handful more to come later in the week. I'm drawing my inspiration from the list of Best Picture nominees, since that list seems to be particularly diverse this year - I figure there's something to pique most people's interest.

The activity on Lincoln begins with a reading and some comprehension questions; the introduction to the film's Wikipedia article serves as input. A trailer on Hulu serves as audio for a vocabulary/reading exercise; the vocabulary is appropriate for higher levels. This activity introduces the 13th Amendment and the abolition of slavery, so you might be able to work those topics into your lessons.

The activity on Django Unchained contains comparatively simpler vocabulary, though the accents in the film clip may provide students with a good challenge. Again, the film's Wikipedia article is used for reading comprehension, and a trailer on Hulu provides input for listening.

Monday, January 7, 2013

New Videos On Our YouTube Channel

If you're interested in hearing students speak directly about their experiences at The English Language Center, take a few minutes to look at the six new videos we uploaded in December. The first one is below, and the remaining five are after the jump. Thanks to our resident cinematographer Victoria, and Liz, our cinematographer/editor,  for capturing and polishing these clips.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Save The Date: Irene Schoenberg at The New School

Mark your calendars for this free event at The New School.

10 Ways To Engage Multi-Level English Language Learners Simultaneously In A Communicative Grammar Class
Tuesday, February 5, 6:00pm
Theresa Lang Student Center, 5 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

Irene Schoenberg (author of Talk About Trivia  and the Focus On Grammar and Speaking of Values series) will be the presenter. Space is limited, so RSVP to elsc@newschool.edu.