Monthly Archives: June 2012

Movie Taglines

As maybe you already know, we have a special Movie Class here at University Settlement, taught by Janel.

This year’s Movie Class students wrote taglines for some of the movies they watched. A tagline is a short, interesting sentence you see on advertisements for movies. You can see one example below – click here or on the picture to read more!

While you are alive, just enjoy your life and be nice to people. 

Do something you really want to do.

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New York Museums

Looking for something to do this summer? Why not go to a museum? Here are some good choices:

1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – also called “the Met” – is in a huge building on the east side of Central Park. It has art from many different countries and from many different time periods. It’s one of the most famous art museums in the world.

Address: 1000 5th Avenue,  New York, NY 10028

Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Price: If you go there, you will see that it says $25 “recommended donation” for adults, which means you pay what you can. So if you want to pay less, you can.

Click here for museum hours and other information.

2. The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art – also called MoMA – has newer artwork, with special exhibitions all the time. It also has a nice courtyard and cafe.

Address: 11 West 53rd Street,  New York, NY 10019

Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Price: $25 for adults, free for children. But it’s free for adults every Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Click here for museum hours and other information.

3. The Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum is in Brooklyn, of course, next to Prospect Park. It has old art, new art, and many special exhibitions as well – and it’s in a big, old beautiful building.

Address: 200 Eastern Parkway,  Brooklyn, NY 11238

Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Price:$12 for adults and children under 12 can get in for free – but once again, this museum is free the first Saturday of every month (except September), from 5 pm to 11pm.

Click here for museum hours and other student information.

4. The Cloisters Museum

The Cloisters is a small, beautiful museum of old religious art. It’s on a hill overlooking the Hudson River, and it has a wonderful view. It also has a nice cafe and courtyard, and there’s a very good park nearby.

Address: 99 Margaret Corbin Drive,  New York, NY 10040

Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Price: Again, it’s a $25 “suggested donation” for adults, so you pay what you want to pay.

For museum hours and other information, click here.

5. The New Museum

Located right here on the Lower East Side, the New Museum is, that’s right, a new museum. It has mostly new art, too.

Address: 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Price: $14 for adults, kids under 18 get in free. Adults can also get in for free Thursday nights from 7 pm to 9 pm.

For hours and more information, click here.

Health Stories

This spring, Classes 2A and 2B wrote stories about health problems – specifically, accidents and illnesses. The stories are short, filled with useful vocabulary, and most of them are in simple past tense. To download the whole book, click here (but be careful – it’s a big file and it might take a long time!).

Here’s one sample from the book – after you read it, look at the true/false exercise and conversation questions about the story:

Ivy Lu My Memory

I was sick one month ago. I felt uncomfortable. I couldn’t go to school for two days. I felt cold and nauseous. My husband bought some cold medicine for me, but it didn’t work. I still felt uncomfortable. I was sad.

I remember in China, I was sick too. One night I couldn’t sleep. I felt nauseous and uncomfortable in my chest. I told my grandpa I was sick. My grandpa put a tea bag in hot water, and I drank the tea. After about twenty minutes, I felt better. “What is this?”  I asked. My grandpa said, “It is Lin Yung tea. It is good for your health. I always drink it if I have a stomachache, cold, or diarrhea.” “I like it!” I exclaimed.

I cried. My husband asked, “What’s the matter?” I said, “I miss the tea and I miss my grandpa very much!”


Choose T for True or F for False.

  1. Ivy was sick last month.      T     F
  2. Her grandpa gave her tea when she was sick in China.     T     F
  3. It was Lin Ying tea.     T     F
  4. Ivy cried when she thought about her grandmother.     T     F
  5. She misses the tea and her grandfather.     T     F


  1. When was the last time you were sick?
  2. Do you usually take medicine when you get sick? If so, what kind?
  3. Who or what do you miss from your country?

To see the answers for the true/false questions, click “Continue Reading” below:

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What Are You Going to Do This Summer?

Well, classes are over. But you can still practice your English on this site! We will continue to update this site several times a week – all summer long!

On Friday, the daytime classes had a big party to celebrate (or mourn) the end of another successful school year. We asked the people at party the question “What are you going to do this summer?” This is what they said:

What about you? What are you going to do this summer? Leave a reply!


Idiom of the Week

go out with a bang

Meaning:  to succeed spectacularly; to end something in a great way


  • I handed in all of my papers and I got an A+ on my final test. This school year I definitely went out with a bang.
  • The movie went out with a bang! The special effects at the end were amazing!
  • Tonight is New Year’s Eve. I’m going to sing and dance and go out with a bang!

Pop Quiz: You will go out with a bang if you…

  1. Sleep in on your last day of school and miss graduation.
  2. Write a paper, but get lazy at the end and don’t finish.
  3. Play hard the whole game and score the winning point.

For the answer…

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Summer English Classes

Unfortunately, we don’t have summer English classes here at University Settlement – but if you want to take classes this summer, we have some information for you about classes at the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, and classes in Queens.

Click here for information about the New York Public Library classes. REGISTRATION IS TOMORROW NIGHT – JUNE 19th!

Click here for information about the Brooklyn Public Library classes. REGISTRATION STARTS IN JULY!

Click here for information about other summer English classes in Queens.

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New Student of the Month!

Our last Student of the Month for this school year is Benli Wang, also known as Charlie. He’s in Class 2C. His teacher Rob said he was a great student, and so he nominated him.

In the video below, Benli is interviewed by Class 2B – some of them are his former classmates. After you watch the video, you can read a short story Benli wrote about getting sick. After that, you can take the quiz to test your knowledge. Congratulations, Charlie!

Close the Window

By Benli Wang (Charlie)

I live in a small apartment in New York City. My bed is near a window in my room.

One night last December, I forgot to close the window when I went to sleep. That night, the weather changed suddenly. After midnight, the temperature dropped down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the weather report, it was the coldest day that winter. So I got cold.

When I woke up the next morning, I felt very uncomfortable. I had a headache, I had a fever, and my throat was sore. I ached all over. I couldn’t even go to work that day.

I had to go to the hospital and see my doctor, Mrs. Hong. She checked everything, including my throat, blood pressure, urine, and temperature. Then she told me, “You just caught the chills. Not a very serious matter. Don’t worry.”

She gave me some medicine and asked me to drink more warm water, and to get more rest in bed, as well.

According to the doctor’s advice, I did it. Two days later, I felt much better. Everything in my body returned to normal.

After that day, I have never forgotten to close the window.

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