Monday, November 18, 2013

Helping The Philippines


In addition to this event, there will be volunteers around campus on Tuesday and Wednesday collecting monetary donations for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. Please mention this in your classes.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Job Opportunity For DIP Students

We have a job opportunity for a student! We are looking for a part-time evening Media Center assistant for the winter term and onward. We are looking for a DIP student, level 6 or higher, who is comfortable with software and hardware, and who can effectively support students and teachers in the Media Center. F1 students are eligible; a student with plans to study at LaGuardia or another CUNY school after completing TELC is preferred.

I will be going to DIP classes tomorrow to advertise, but if your (level 6 or higher!) students ask you about it, information is here.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

TELC On The Street Field Trips! NYPL and Grand Central


Please mention this in your classes, and encourage your students to sign up! The sign up sheet is posted near the language clinic board.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Professional Development Day 2013


Did you miss it, or would you like to review what happened? Click through for the presentations and handouts from Professional Development Day 2013.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Teacher Ideas: The Media Center Made Easy

Thanks to Gabriel Skop for this installment of the Teacher Ideas series.  You can find this article along with information about supporting our college-bound students in the Fall 2013 issue of the faculty newsletter.

The Media Center Made Easy

by Gabriel Skop


If you’re like me, you have not always shown up with your class for your regularly scheduled time in the Media Center. I don’t know if your reasons were similar to mine, but the following were among my excuses: I lost track of my schedule and forgot to go. Since our classrooms were converted to smart rooms, there is less reason to go. It takes too much time and effort to prepare meaningful activities for the Media Center.

Well, I can’t help you with the first issue. If the second one is your excuse, know that you can more effectively and more intensively monitor multiple student conversations in the Media Center than you can in your own classroom.

Little Ideas, Big Impact

If, however, you just don’t have hours to spend creating complex lesson plans for use in the Media Center, then this article is for you. It would be great to have extra time and energy to devote to putting together multilayered lesson plans, but few of us have the luxury such an effort demands. Here, then, are several simple ideas with maximum impact – Media Center class activities which do not require a great deal of preparation. At the end of each activity description, you will see a suggestion or two for ways of following up when your students return to your classroom.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday Links

Here's some stuff from around the internet to possibly use in class.


The only language in this video is written, so students can watch and read. It might be a nice warm up for the beginning of class, and would definitely put a smile on every face.

Allie Brosh writes and illustrates the popular blog Hyperbole and a Half. Her latest entry is a post-Halloween story about a girl, her dinosaur costume, and the intoxicating power it gave her. It's a nice personal narrative with an insight into the Halloween tradition, and her vocabulary is appropriately challenging for students at higher levels. (If you go on an Allie Brosh binge after this, she just published a book, so there's more!)