American English Vs. British English

Here’s a fun video explaining how American English and British English parted ways:

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This Feels Like Home

Recently students in our evening classes have been collaborating with Mark Nuñez, an Artist in Residence with University Settlement’s Performance Project.  They would like to continue the great work they’ve been doing, but they need your help. Watch the video above and read a statement from Mark Nuñez below, then click on the link to find out how you can help!

This feels like home. 

A Dance & Language Performance Project for New Americans

This feels like home. is an 8-week summer dance and language program for new Americans followed by a 6-week rehearsal and performance process in collaboration with Gotham Dance Theater.

My name is Marc Nuñez and I am an Artist-in-Residence at The Performance Project at the University Settlement in the Lower East Side, New York City.  I have been collaborating with Julie Condon, an English language teacher at the Adult Literacy Program at the University Settlement, to incorporate dance and theater exercises to supplement learning the English language.

Our discoveries have been remarkable.  

We’ve found our students speaking English with more confidence, feeling more energized and ready to learn once the body has warmed up and danced, having more freedom of expression in the body, and building a deeper sense of community through a mini performance at the end of their spring semester.  Feel free to check out more specific stories on our Instagram @GothamDanceTheater.

In order to retain their English skills and keep building that overall sense of positivity, we want to continue this momentum throughout the summer.  In the fall, we would like to collaborate with professional dancers of my company, Gotham Dance Theater, for a fall dance theater production.  We would provide the opportunity for our language students to perform and share their American experiences on stage.

We need your help to make this American dream become a reality!
Your contribution will allow us to:

  • Provide an 8-week summer dance and language program improving not only English skills, but also physical wellness, confidence and community (detailed below)
  • Provide a 6-week rehearsal and performance process in collaboration with Gotham Dance Theater to prepare our students for the stage
  • Present 2 nights of a performance raising awareness and celebrating the diversity of our city and country
  • Provide paid work to five professional dancers
  • Support artists and production staff who are contributing to this project
  • Provide a stipend for our performing language students
  • Provide materials (i.e. classroom materials, costumes, props, marketing materials) and additional rehearsal space

To support this project, click here.

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E3 Year in Review

Here’s a video for you from Class E3, taught by April Gopie, summarizing last school year. Enjoy!:

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More Job Stories

Here’s another job story for you, this time from a Class 3P student. After reading to story, take the quiz to test your understanding:

Recollections of Impressive Jobs in China

Zu Jia Wang

A long time ago, I had three very impressive jobs in China that I still remember. Right now, I’d like to recollect them.

The first impressive job was working in the desert in Xinjiang for a summer. The weather was hot and dry. The water was poor and salty. By day, the temperature was high. You were very thirsty, and needed to drink a lot of water. But you didn’t have any sweat on your body because the sweat evaporated very quickly. The water was too salty and bitter to drink. In the desert, you couldn’t walk far from your tent, or you would be lost.

At night, the temperature dropped very low. One night, it happened to blow hard with sand, and broke our tents. Everybody had a lot of sand all over their bodies. Luckily, it was easy to be gotten rid of, because the sand was so dry.

The best time was nightfall. You felt comfortable and watched the sky, stars, and satellites.

The second impressive job was working on the Yangtze River from Shanghai to Chongqing, about 2,400 kilometers. Different from the last job, the water was rich and soft. We lived on a new ship and looked like tourists watching the scenery and cities on both sides of the river. One day, when the ship reached the point where the river and Dongting Lake meet, the wind, rain, and waves were so strong that the ship almost sank. Right now, I’m still afraid of it. We preferred to live on land more than on the river.

The third impressive job was working on a farm in Hubei province for a year and a half. I learned how to plough the field with an ox. At first, it was very difficult to learn. The land on the mountain was hard and sticky. The weather in the winter was cold and wet with a little rain. The ox walked very slowly and breathlessly. After I had learned to do it, we moved to the plains where the environment was better.

Those three jobs impressed me forever.

To read more, click here.

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Eye-Opener Revisited

Here are some totally random quotations from the internet using our latest Idiom of the Week:

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