Idiom of the Week: An Eye-Opener

Meaning: Describing something that taught you an important lesson or made you see reality, sometime used with “real,” as in “a real eye-opener.”


My latest doctor’s exam was an eye-opener for me. I need to eat better and get more exercise.

You should read this book about global warming. It’s a real eye-opener.

Her trip to Afghanistan was an eye opener.


Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of an eye opener?

A.  A boring experience.

B.  A normal, everyday event.

C.  A shocking event.

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Emergency Preparedness Expo

On June 10, an Emergency Preparedness Expo was put on by the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program students in the New York Rising advanced ESOL class, which is taught by Lynne Hayden-Findlay. New York Rising students have been studying very hard and they put together presentations about how to protect yourself and your family during a natural disaster and other emergencies. Their presentations will included: how to call 911, collecting emergency supplies to keep in your home, drought and water conservation, making an emergency plan, how to put together a “go-bag” and why, protecting yourself against the flu, staying safe during a thunder and lightning storm, staying safe during a tornado, staying safe during a severe snowstorm, surviving an active shooter event at work, and what to do during a school evacuation.

Enjoy the video above and the photos below!

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Phone It In Revisited

Here are some images and quotations from the internet using our latest Idiom of the Week:

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Reading to Children

Every year our Adult Literacy Program students learn to read children’s books in a fun, interactive way to boost family literacy practices at home. A couple classes also get the chance to read to University Settlement day care classes (see the video above). Adult Literacy Program students specifically learn before, during, and after reading strategies that they can use at home in order to make reading a meaningful, exciting family activity. Here are a few:


Talk about the title, author, and illustrator.

Ask questions about the cover.

Talk about the pictures on the cover.

Have children make predictions about what they think the book is going to be about.


Change your voice and use body language.

Point at the words as you read.

Ask more questions to check comprehension and build on children’s prior knowledge.

Ask questions about the pictures and make more predictions.

Have children repeat after you.


Review important vocabulary.

Have children summarize/retell the story.

Ask more questions connected to children’s own experiences.

Have children play a game or create art based on the topic of the book.



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Idiom of the Week: Phone It In

Meaning: To not try very hard or try one’s best.


I could tell the teacher was phoning it in today and didn’t seem to be as enthusiastic as usual.

She’s usually a good actor but in this movie she phones it in.

You know how it is: sometimes you try your very best and sometimes you just phone it in.


Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of phone it in?

A.  To put your nose to the grindstone.

B.  To go the extra mile.

C.  To go through the motions.

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