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Humans of New York

Our last post was about the variety of students we have in our Adult Literacy Program. In this post we will look at the variety of people that make up New York City. New York City remains one of the most exciting and diverse cities on the planet and it’s the people that make it that way. Humans of New York is a website that documents everyday New Yorkers, like YOU! Check out it’s website and Facebook.  The photographer takes portraits of New Yorkers he sees and briefly interviews them. You get to learn a little bit about that stranger you see on the subway, the person in front of you in line, your neighbors, your fellow New Yorkers. Let us know what interesting people you find in the comments sections.


You can see more Humans of New York here and here

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Student of the Month

Meet our new student of the month, Li Juan Zou, Winnie. Her teacher is David Moss from class W2 (Saturday & Sunday 9:30AM-12:30PM).

Watch and listen to Winnie comfortably and confidently answers our interview questions . Winnie also reads one of her favorite poems. Below, you can also read the movie review Winnie wrote for one of her favorite films, Groundhog Day (and watch the movie trailer).

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 Groundhog Day Movie Review

                Groundhog Day’s director is Harold Ramis. The main characters are Phil and Rita. The movie is about Phil, who keeps reliving Groundhog Day. Phil wakes up at 6:00AM every day, he wakes up to the same song and listens to the same news on the radio. At first, he tries to face the same day and tries to end Groundhog Day. He jumps off a building, he gets hit by a car and he electrocutes himself with a toaster in the bathtub, but none of this works. Also he tells his producer, Rita, but she doesn’t believe him. So he tells her about all the people in the town to prove to Rita that he is reliving the same day. Then he tries to enjoy Groundhog Day and falls in love with Rita. He tries to be nice to people he brings breakfast to his co-workers, he learns to play the piano, he does ice sculpting and he catches a kid who falls out of a tree. Finally, Rita and Phil fall in love with each other and Groundhog Day ends. “Today is tomorrow!”

My opinion is that the film’s message is telling us to enjoy our life and bad or good situations don’t really matter. People have a dream, they wonder if they are reliving the same day, there would be no consequences. People could do whatever they wanted. People wouldn’t worry about gaining weight, love handles, cholesterol or eating too much sugar. They wouldn’t worry about accidents because nobody would die. It sounds very funny and beautiful.

I like to watch Phil as he tries to end Groundhog Day and he does some silly things. He tries to enjoy the same day and he is nice with people. I like the song in the movie, “I Got You, Babe”. I would recommend this movie to my friends. I like the film because I also like to daydream.


Auguries of Innocence

To see a world in a grain of sand

And a heaven in a wild flower

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

And eternity in an hour

This poem was written by William Blake, it is my favorite poem because it resonants with me. I think people should value what they have and find beauty from small things.

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Staff Spotlight: Mary Staub

This month we asked you to submit questions to E4 teacher, Mary Staub. Watch and listen as Mary’s class asks her some of your questions. Listen closely and afterward take the quiz to test your listening and understanding.


Take our online test

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Staff Spotlight!

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It’s Staff Spotlight time! This week we will be interviewing Mary Staub. Mary has taught both Weekend and Evening Classes and now teaches our highest level Evening Class, E4.

This is your chance to ask Mary some questions about herself, her advice on learning English, her students or whatever you’d like. Ask your questions in the Comment Section and we will interview Mary next week…

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Qun Qing (Helen) Ye: Student of the Month

We would like to congratulate our newest student of the month, Qun Qing Ye. Helen has been living in the United States for 6 years and has recently passed her US Citizenship Test. Below is a short video interview with Qun Qing (Helen). Keep up the great work!


Is your story similar to Helen’s?

Have you taken the US Citizenship test?

Are you working on your resume?

Let us know and comment below…


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Zhao Hui Lan: Student of the Month

Our new student of the month is Zhao Hui Lan. She’s in Class 1B at the Houston Street Center. Her teacher is Elsie Choi. Watch a video interview with Hui Lan, take a short quiz about the video, and read her short autobiography below. Congratulations, Hui Lan!


My name is Zhao Hui Lin. I’m from Guangdong, China. I’m a student and a housewife.

I’m average height and slender. I have long, straight black hair. I usually wear a pair of nearsighted glasses with a sweet smile. I look like my father.

I’m friendly, optimistic, honest, responsible, studious, generous, artistic, and outgoing. For example, when I get difficulties, I always like to eat some sweet chocolate and candies. I will be all right when I get up the next day.

I like to make more friends. I like shopping online, but I always buy things on sale. I like to look beautiful and neat. And I have a big family. We’re close. I love my family and my three children.

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We’re starting something new on this website. It’s called “Staff Spotlight.” Every couple weeks we’re going to interview a teacher or other staff member in the Adult Literacy Program. But we want questions from students! Lots and lots of questions! Our first victim is this guy…

This is Brandon. He’s a daytime teacher at 175 Eldridge. He teaches classes 3A and 4B.

Ask him anything! Your questions can be about his family, his interests, his education, whatever! Please write your question in the “Leave a Comment” section!

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