Monthly Archives: July 2017

Idiom of the Week: Put Your Foot in Your Mouth

Meaning: To say something you wish you wouldn’t have said. Also expressed as “stick your foot in your mouth.”

Examples:

I really put my foot in my mouth at the meeting yesterday. I was so embarrassed.

If you’re a celebrity you’ve got to be careful about putting your foot in your mouth.

The politician apologized for his comments, admitting he had put his foot in his mouth.

Pop Quiz:

Which of the following is an example of someone putting their foot in their mouth?

A.  Complaining about a coworker when he’s standing right behind you.

B.  Missing your flight.

C.  Introducing someone to someone else and forgetting their names.

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

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Now Accepting New Students!

Need English classes? Read the information below:

University Settlement, Adult Literacy Program

175 Eldridge St. (between Rivington and Delancey), New York, NY 10002

Free English Classes 2017 – 2018

Important Information about English Classes:

  • Registration will start on May 1st, 2017 and continue into September.
  • Open for Registration: Monday through Friday, 9:30AM – 4:00PM
  • Classes will start in September 2017 and will end in June 2018. Classes are about 9-10 months long.
  • Attendance is mandatory. Students with poor attendance cannot continue to take classes at the program.
  • Classes begin on time. If you are consistently late, you will receive a warning letter of dismissal from the program.
  • Classes are first-come, first-serve. There will be a waiting list when all classes are full.
  • Classes are free and the program will provide textbooks.
  • Classes are not bilingual (English only) and students are encouraged to speak English only.
  • There are many different levels (Beginner and Intermediate Levels.)
  • For registration, students need to fill out an application form, goals form, and take a short test on speaking.
  • Students do not need to bring any personal documents.

This is the tentative 2017-2018 schedule:

  • Daytime classes: Mondays to Thursdays and some Fridays, 9AM – 11AM OR 11AM – 1PM
  • OR Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9AM-11:00AM OR 11AM – 1PM
  • (Daytime students have to come in on some Fridays for program workshops and tests)
  • Evening Classes: Tuesdays to Thursdays, from 6:30PM – 9PM
  • Weekend Classes: Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30AM – 12:30PM

By subway: B D trains to Grand St., or F J M Z trains to Delancey St./Essex St.

To read this information in Russian, Korean, Spanish, Bengali, Arabic, Ukrainian, and Chinese, click here.

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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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