Monthly Archives: May 2017

Learn About Memorial Day

We’ve assembled some good websites for you to learn more about Memorial Day, which is today. Just click on the links below:

ESL Civics for ESL Students

ESL Holiday Lessons

ESOL Courses

Jennifer ESL – English Mini Lesson (YouTube video)

VOA: Memorial Day at Arlington Cemetery

ESL Lab: Memorial Day

Memorial Day Quiz

 

 

 

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More Literacy Review

Here are some more photos from the recent Literacy Review gala at NYU:

The Literacy Review is an annual journal of writing from adult literacy programs throughout New York City. Edited by Gallatin students, the book is distributed at a celebration that includes readings by the newly published writers.

The faculty adviser for the Literacy Review is Professor June Foley.

To read the Literacy Review, click here.

 

 

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Literacy Review Volume 15

Another year has passed, and the NYU Gallatin Writing Program has released a new volume of the Literacy Review, which is a collection of writing from adult education students throughout New York City. Last week, one student from the Adult Literacy Program read her story at a special party to celebrate the new Literacy Review’s publication at NYU. Her name is Larysa Frankiv (pictured above), and she is in Professor June Foley‘s writing class here at University Settlement. Read her brief bio and her story below:

Larysa Frankiv was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and raised in Lviv, Ukraine. She has a son, Vitaly. “1001 Letters” is about her husband, Lyubomyr, who died in an accident when they were both 26, and their son was not yet two. Larysa Frankiv studies at University Settlement’s advanced writing class, where Michael Hunter is the director of the Adult Literacy Program. She enjoys many sports, especially running.

1001 LETTERS

(TO MY HUSBAND, WHO DIED AT 26)

Larysa Frankiv

My Dear Lovely Friend,

I wrote you thousands of letters, and I will never stop. I have never sent them to you. I don’t know where you are. How are you? All the words in the world cannot explain what I want to say to you. I just want to tell you SORRY. Sorry for what? . . . I love you. I hate you. I miss you. Please give me one chance to see and feel you.

Who you are to me, I don’t know. However, I clearly see you every night; in my dreams, you are still with me. You are with me there, but you are so far away. I can’t reach you. I can’t hug and kiss you. I can’t tell you anything. I need you. I cannot breathe without you. I can’t live without you.

You know what? I hate you so much. You kill me every morning. When I wake up alone, I realize it was a nightmare again. I will be reborn one night. I will walk with you in my dream. I won’t ask you for anything. I will have this moment. You will be just mine.

Please don’t disappear. You are my soul and heart. If you disappear, I will disappear . . . Please come to me every night. I wait. I cannot live without you or with you. I am sorry. I couldn’t. I could. I cannot. I couldn’t. Forgive me . . .

To read the Literacy Review, click here.

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Star Student Alert

Last Thursday, one of our Adult Literacy Program students, Nian Ci He, spoke at a Family Literacy Forum sponsored by United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) at Educational Alliance’s Manny Cantor Center. She spoke about how her English classes have helped her make the most of her life in New York and  they’ve also helped her become more involved in her daughter’s education. After speaking, Nian Ci also took part in a group discussion with other adult education students and fielded questions from the audience. She did a great job!

UNH, by the way, has begun a campaign to increase awareness about the importance of family literacy. Family literacy programs are designed to involve a whole family in their collective educational success. By engaging both children and their parents (or other adult family caregivers) in a collaborative and mutually reinforcing learning process, families are better equipped to gain the skills they need to succeed.

To learn more about family literacy, click here.

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Job Fair Photos

On Monday we gave you a video, and today we’re giving you some photos from our First Annual Job and Resource Fair we held last Friday:

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Job and Resource Fair

The University Settlement Adult Literacy Program organized its 1st Annual Job and Resource Fair on Friday, May 5th, 2017 at the Houston Street Center. The objective of the fair was to increase employment and education opportunities for our students. The event hosted numerous employers/schools to promote their career opportunities and school programs to our students. The participating organizations were:

ASA College

Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC)

Henry Street Settlement

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs

University Settlement’s Human Resources

Workforce 1 Career Center – Washington Heights

Workforce 1 Career Center – Upper Manhattan

Workforce 1 Industrial & Transportation Career Center

 

 

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