Take a trip down memory lane with these photos of our daytime classes.
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!
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.
Another year has passed, and the NYU Gallatin Writing Program has released a new volume of the Literacy Review, which is a collection of writing from adult education students throughout New York City. Last week, one student from the Adult Literacy Program read her story at a special party to celebrate the new Literacy Review’s publication at NYU. Her name is Larysa Frankiv (pictured above), and she is in Professor June Foley‘s writing class here at University Settlement. Read her brief bio and her story below:
Larysa Frankiv was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and raised in Lviv, Ukraine. She has a son, Vitaly. “1001 Letters” is about her husband, Lyubomyr, who died in an accident when they were both 26, and their son was not yet two. Larysa Frankiv studies at University Settlement’s advanced writing class, where Michael Hunter is the director of the Adult Literacy Program. She enjoys many sports, especially running.
(TO MY HUSBAND, WHO DIED AT 26)
My Dear Lovely Friend,
I wrote you thousands of letters, and I will never stop. I have never sent them to you. I don’t know where you are. How are you? All the words in the world cannot explain what I want to say to you. I just want to tell you SORRY. Sorry for what? . . . I love you. I hate you. I miss you. Please give me one chance to see and feel you.
Who you are to me, I don’t know. However, I clearly see you every night; in my dreams, you are still with me. You are with me there, but you are so far away. I can’t reach you. I can’t hug and kiss you. I can’t tell you anything. I need you. I cannot breathe without you. I can’t live without you.
You know what? I hate you so much. You kill me every morning. When I wake up alone, I realize it was a nightmare again. I will be reborn one night. I will walk with you in my dream. I won’t ask you for anything. I will have this moment. You will be just mine.
Please don’t disappear. You are my soul and heart. If you disappear, I will disappear . . . Please come to me every night. I wait. I cannot live without you or with you. I am sorry. I couldn’t. I could. I cannot. I couldn’t. Forgive me . . .
Last Thursday, one of our Adult Literacy Program students, Nian Ci He, spoke at a Family Literacy Forum sponsored by United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) at Educational Alliance’s Manny Cantor Center. She spoke about how her English classes have helped her make the most of her life in New York and they’ve also helped her become more involved in her daughter’s education. After speaking, Nian Ci also took part in a group discussion with other adult education students and fielded questions from the audience. She did a great job!
UNH, by the way, has begun a campaign to increase awareness about the importance of family literacy. Family literacy programs are designed to involve a whole family in their collective educational success. By engaging both children and their parents (or other adult family caregivers) in a collaborative and mutually reinforcing learning process, families are better equipped to gain the skills they need to succeed.