It is difficult (and rewarding) to learn a new language and students need all the help they can get. In the video below a man is working hard to learn English. He gets help from his school, library, friends and family. Watch the video and comment below. Tell us the special reason the man is learning English and let us know your goals and reasons as well.
There are about two months left of classes. Don’t let the spring weather distract you too much. Keep working hard so you can improve your skills, achieve your goals and celebrate with a nice drink.
NYC can be an exciting and interesting place to live, but it can be difficult. There are so many different people living so closely together. Sometimes it isn’t easy to get along with or live together with all of these people. This is one of the reasons why we need social etiquette, unspoken rules and ways to act.
Nathan Pyle is an artist. He has made some cartoons illustrating NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette. Click on the picture to read some of them.
Do you agree with Nathan’s cartoons?
Have you experienced any of these situations?
Do you have some tips of your own on how to live in NYC?
Which cartoon is your favorite?
Let us know in the comments section below…
We all know reading is important. It is also very important for children to learn and enjoy reading and for parents to spend time reading with their children. Reading to your children helps build a better relationship, improve their education and academic performance (grades), and many other reasons. You can read a short list of some of the benefits of reading HERE and HERE.
To help you spend more time reading with your children we are sharing a list of some of the most popular children’s books. Some of these you may know, some of them may be new, but all of them are valuable and worth reading.
Let us know if you know any of these books or have any suggestions of your own. Share in the comments section.
This blog post is brought to you by 1A & 1B teacher Elsie Choi. She uses some great English expressions which are in bold letters.
My Year with 1A & 1B
By Elsie Choi
August 29, 2012 was Orientation Day already after a long summer of relaxation. It was time to meet a whole new group of students and get the show ready for the road. I was a little nervous. First impressions are very important. What should I wear for the day? I am sure that my students feel the same way. They were there to check me out, and at the same time, wondering what is in store for them for the coming year.
A few students come in way before class time but the majority can barely make it. There is a tendency that people come in later and later as the year goes on. Of course they have tons of excuses… my children, my dog, my watch….”See, my watch says 9…”
Students gradually become friends and chat. Think that they do not know enough English to do so? No problem. Their native language kicks in naturally. Or, a mixture of languages will do. “I did my homework la. (Chinese)”, “Is this good ma? (Chinese)”,“Michael is outside ah! (Chinese)”. ALL ENGLISH! …..ALL ENGLISH!
Oh! No! Test again?! Eyes are wandering around. Some just want to get that 100 percent in the test. Believe it or not, a few people know they are right but still glance at their neighbor’s paper to see if the other person is doing it correctly. What a busybody!
Homework is usually done by most students but it is like pulling teeth for some. To enforce this requirement, it causes more work for the teacher to follow up and make sure that make-up homework is done the next day. A threat using Michael’s name is useful, sometimes.
Well, the year is going by swiftly despite the heartache and headache we have had. We have shared tears and laughter with personal happenings and have grown together. Let’s celebrate. Food is the number one choice. Students feed the teacher, me, all year long. I thank you all by showing you my forever growing “muffin top.”