Monthly Archives: June 2017

Job Stories

Classes 3A and 3P recently wrote about their current or past jobs. Read an example below from a Class 3A student and take the quiz afterwards to test your comprehension:

My Current Job

Cecilia Amaya

I am a home health aide. I work for Premier Home Health Care. I am a person who likes to help others. I enjoy spending my time with people who need my help. My patient is a nice person; every day he is waiting for me happy with a smile when he sees me. He just speaks Italian and English, so I try to practice my English with him. It’s funny because he corrects me every time I don’t pronounce a word correctly. His family is nice to me. I feel like one of their relatives.

I enjoy my job and enjoy practicing my English with my patient. But the first day I felt nervous because I didn’t know who my patient was. But days later, I felt better because he is a good guy. Some days we play bingo and sometimes he talks to me about his life. When he was a child he lived in Pennsylvania with his parents and eight siblings.

We also do exercise and watch TV shows and TV news in English. When he feels sad, we look at photos and he tells me about many trips he took in his life. He went on many cruises and went to many different countries. He was a person who did everything himself but now he needs help all the time because ten years ago he had a bad stroke. But day by day he tries to exercise, take medication, feel happy, enjoy time with his family, and be more optimistic about his life. God bless him and his family. I hope I can work a long time with him.

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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.”

Examples:

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.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

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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:

BEFORE READING STRATEGIES:

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.

DURING READING STRATEGIES:

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.

AFTER READING STRATEGIES:

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.

TRY THESE YOURSELF AT HOME TODAY!

 

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