Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Neuroscience of Pitch

Here's a really fascinating neurological look at how important intonations and pitch are in spoken language. KQED News - quoting an article in Science - says:
Now scientists are reporting in the journal Science that they have identified specialized brain cells that help us understand what a speaker really means. These cells do this by keeping track of changes in the pitch of the voice.
Pronunciation and listening/speaking teachers, have a look!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Voting For Our Fall Book

Daytime reading teachers, please help us get the word out to students about voting for this fall's book club selection. When we polled students on their preferred genres last week, they chose travel, fantasy, mystery, and science fiction. Here is the list of books we selected that match their preferred genres.

There is a link to the online survey on our Facebook page; the link can also be found here. We are putting flyers in the mailboxes of teachers at Level 3 and higher for you to bring to class and show to your students - please encourage them to vote for their choice after class.

Thank you for your support in building a culture of reading at TELC - we hope you'll join us this fall!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Teen English Academy at TELC

The teens and their teachers in Times Square
Today was the last day of the Teen English Academy. Read more about the program and what this summer's teens thought about it on the #telcstories blog.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

TELC Stories: Christina

"My job influences me to see the world with a more humbling perspective." Read more about why on the #telcstories blog.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Teaching Literature Reviews

For those of you who teach reading and writing at the higher levels, this article on how to teach literature reviews might be of interest. In particular, the first class she describes is a simple approach to teaching the basics of a lit review.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Why do we call it the TELC World Cup?

Thanks to all the faculty who came out to support the 2017 TELC World Cup. Read more about the day on the #telcstories blog and also learn why we call it the TELC World Cup.

Monday, June 19, 2017

TELC Student Literary Magazine

The latest issue of our student literary magazine was distributed last week. This issue features the work of 20 students from the morning, afternoon, and evening programs. We are thankful to Nursen for her continued dedication to this fantastic project, and we are thankful to all the teachers who encouraged students to share their work. Most of all, however, we are thankful for the work and generosity of our student authors! You can find the literary magazine in the office, the faculty room, and here.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Americanah Book Club

Read what the Day Intensive students learned from participating in the Americanah book club this spring on the #telcstories blog.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Languages Across The Curriculum

This symposium on Friday is free, on campus, and may be of interest to many of you. Teachers are also encouraged to bring their classes, if they wish. Click here to register; the schedule (including afternoon offerings) is listed below.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

World Cup 2017

Students have started asking about this, so please assure them that it is happening again this spring! We will announce some information meetings soon.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

TELC Reads Americanah: First Meeting On Tuesday!

The first meeting of the Americanah book club is coming up! Students, teachers and staff are all invited, and we are looking forward to this chance to socialize as a department. Please encourage your students to attend!

For the first meeting, we will focus on a scene in Chapter 1. If you have a chance to read the chapter, that's great; if not, I will bring some copies of this scene to read at the meeting. If you prefer to listen to the book, Scribd is offering a free trial download of the audiobook. I just downloaded the app to my phone, and I might start listening to the book on my commute.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Professional Development: LaGuardia's Global Learning Competency

Join us for a series of brown bag workshops this spring about Global Learning at LaGuardia Community College.

We will learn about what this core competency means for students entering the credit side of the college, and how we at TELC can best prepare them. We will look at assignments in a variety of credit courses, student writing samples, the global learning rubric, and more.

Writing teachers may find this particularly insightful and are encouraged to attend.

TELC Stories: Judy and Stephen -- What they learned from teaching in Iran and Oman

We feature a story about Judy and Stephen and what they learned from teaching English in Iran and Oman on the #telcstories blog this week.

Friday, March 3, 2017

TELC Stories: Nursen and the Literary Magazine

Nursen with Jose, who contributed to the Literary Magazine in 2016

This week, we feature Nursen and the TELC Student Literary Magazine on our #telcstories blog. Read the blog post and read below about how she uses the Magazine in her classroom.
One of my favorite things to do in my writing class is to distribute copies of the Literary Magazine from a previous semester to my students and assign it as reading homework. They are to read the magazine, choose one piece that they like the most, and be ready to explain why they like it. The next class, they get into groups and talk about their favorite pieces. Not only does this give them a chance to see good examples of writing at every proficiency level, but it also allows them to express their choices and opinions without the fear of being wrong. After all, that’s what we do in real life. We read, and we talk about what we read, without doing exercises or practicing vocabulary. I’ve observed that students really enjoy this activity. As a teacher, I especially like to see my level 3-4 students critique the content of a fellow writer’s work, hear how they relate to it, and see the diversity of their responses.
If any teachers are interested in doing a similar activity, Nursen can provide copies of the Magazine from previous semesters.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Using Newsela PRO

Earlier this month, a team from Newsela came to talk about how to use the Newsela PRO features. With our subscription, you can create a class on the site, assign articles to the class, track student progress and annotate readings. They also have a lot of on-demand training resources to help you learn more about these features. Download notes from the training and learn more about these features.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

TELC In The News

Check out Margaret and Liz on NY1 from this past Friday! 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Sharing Our Stories

New year, new project! Check out our new blog, We Are The English Language Center.

This blog - TELC Media Center - will remain a space for us to share teaching ideas and updates about the department and the university. It will continue to be a teacher-facing space focused on resources and information.

The new blog, however, will be a more student-facing space. We plan to share the stories of current and former students, as well as ask teachers and staff to share their #telcstories from time to time.