Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Websites For Teaching

Are you looking for a new web resource to use in your lesson planning? Have you forgotten about an old favorite? Teguh recently revised a list of websites for teaching that once lived on our wiki (RIP, wiki), removing resources that are no longer active and adding some new ones. They are organized alphabetically by category below.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Meet the New Teachers, Part 3

Today meet Patrick Russell, Eric Sutherland and Jordan Van Horn.

Patrick Russell, TREP, level 6/7

What has been your most challenging teaching experience?
My most challenging teaching experiences was teaching 3 year olds in Taiwan. It was like herding cats. Those kids literally and figuratively ran all over me.
What has been your funniest teaching moment?
I like a light and fun atmosphere in the classroom and I love to kid and joke with my students. I also appreciate my students’ humor even if it means I become the butt of the joke. Once, I had split the students into groups for a timed activity. I set the timer on my iPhone and absentmindedly left the alarm on the “bark” sound effect. After 5 minutes, when my phone started to bark like a dog, I had one witty student speak up to say, “Who is calling you? Your girlfriend?” Of course this student failed the activity;-)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

TELC Toy Drive for The Floating Hospital

We are hosting a toy drive in support of our Long Island City neighbors The Floating Hospital this holiday season. The Floating Hospital provides full-service health care to New York City's homeless families, many of whom have become homeless due to domestic violence. Each December, they accept donations of new, unwrapped gifts for children from ages newborn to adolescence, and give these gifts to families at their Candy Cane Lane. We invite students, staff, and faculty to help us support this project this year.

You'll find flyers in your mailbox today, and more information about The Floating Hospital in this video below. We encourage you to share this information with your students!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Meet the New Teachers, Part 2

Today we feature Karolina Formella and Daniel Kaizer.

Karolina Formella, DIP AM, teaching levels 3.3 and 5.1 Listening and Speaking
in Fall 2016

How do your personal interests and passions inform your teaching?
I bring my interests into the classroom all the time. It has been my experience that even seemingly most uninteresting subjects can spark students' attention if they are presented with passion and enthusiasm. I absolutely love using music when teaching. Songs tell stories and music conveys emotions. It is easy to remember a new phrase or vocabulary word if there is a song or tune that goes with it. I also incorporate bits from arts and literature and build lessons around them. Occasionally, I will have students e-mail me afterward with further questions about a book we discussed or artist whose painting we investigated.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Meet the New Teachers, Part 1

In the last year, eight new teachers have joined our faculty. We asked them to answer questions on a variety of topics ranging from: challenging teaching experiences, to funny language learning experiences to their favorite teaching footwear.

Meet Emily Burnett and Jason Chiu below.

Emily Burnett, DIP AM, teaching level 2.2 reading in Fall 2016

What has been your most challenging teaching experience?
This isn't a specific experience, but it is a personal challenge. I became a teacher because of how much I love spending time and learning with other people, and how much teamwork is involved in that, however I am actually a pretty introverted person. As a new teacher, I am definitely in the process of learning how to manage my love for teaching and my need for personal refuel time.
What has been your funniest teaching moment?
Last year, while I was studying for my Masters, I was teaching a class of all women as a volunteer. One day, the word "sassy" organically came up in conversation, and we were able to work out the meaning of it all together. After that, not a class went by that the word didn't come up at least 3 times in natural conversation. It became our class word!

Monday, November 7, 2016

TELC Votes

Early voting will take place in all evening classes tonight (November 7) so we can tally those votes tomorrow morning. Tomorrow (November 8) students will vote in all 8:45am and 1:30pm classes.

We included all 4 official candidates (Clinton, Trump, Johnson, Stein) on the ballots, and also included a write-in option.

We will publish results as soon as we have them!