This Tuesday, November 18th at 1:00PM, the Book Club Class will be sharing some of their stories and poems. This event will take place in Speyer Hall in 184 Eldridge Street. The event is open to everyone and FREE. Hope to see you there.
A new school year has begun here at the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program. The excitement is palpable in the video above, which is of the daytime student orientation.
Out of fairness to our students – who come from many different countries – we don’t give bilingual classes. But there’s a website you can use at home using your first language to study English (and English speakers can use it to study other languages, too.) It’s called Duolingo. So far, Duolingo supports these languages:
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.
Grammar is one of the main parts of languages (some others might be phonology, morphology and syntax). Click on the picture below to test your knowledge of some grammar points. The test will provide the correct answer as well as an explanation as to why it is the correct answer. Feel free to ask questions about grammar and let us know your (perfect?) score in the comments section.
Meaning: To admit when you are wrong. To accept a humiliating or embarrassing truth.
It’s OK if you made a mistake, just swallow your pride and admit it.
The students swallowed their pride when the teacher told them they would have to repeat the course.
My husband finally swallowed his pride and apologized about lying to me.
When would someone swallow their pride?
A. If they do poorly on a test.
B. If they do very well on a test.
C. If they get caught cheating on a test.
To see the answer, click on “Continue reading”:
Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. He is well known for his realistic writings of rural life and his use of American informal (slang) speech. His poems were often set in rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, and used these settings to look at complex social and philosophical themes. Frost has often been quoted by other people. He was honored often during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.