The January22, 2015 edition of the New York Times blog, The Learning Network, included an excellent article with many great ideas for teaching and talking about the weather. Enjoy!
By LARRY FERLAZZO
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 52 trips to carry that many people.
In Fall 2015 Art Gerstenfeld will be offering another session of his popular class Learning Language Through Music at the Newton Free Library in Newton, MA. It is a free class for adult ESL learners at all levels who have a basic knowledge of reading, writing and understanding English. No previous knowledge of music is required (only a love of music!). Students will listen to and discuss various pieces of music from classical to modern styles. They will also learn about the composers or artists.
Art is open to any ideas you would like to share with him relating to using music in ESL training.
At a Tutor Roundtable on January 6, 2015 our special guest, Jenna Weathers, introduced ESL Apps for use during tutoring sessions or for self study. The apps are easy to use and motivate learners to converse, strengthen comprehension, improve pronunciation, sharpen grammar skills, and increase vocabulary. Most of the apps are available on Smartphones and on Apple and Android tablets.
Please share Jenna’s handout with your learners: Useful Apps for ESL Tutors and Learners.
Jenna Weathers, a Newton Free Library Reference Librarian, serves on the library’s ESL Committee.
The Learning Network Blog provides teaching and learning materials and ideas based on New York Times content. Check out sections such as Word of the Day, What’s going on in this picture?, Test Yourself questions, Crosswords, etc.
English Language Learning Resource Fair
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Newton North Cafeteria
457 Walnut Street
Newtonville, MA 02460
Come learn about some of the different school and community resources in Newton.
Meet other families from around the world!
• Summer Camp and After School Programs
• Adult English Classes
• Health Department – Free Flu Shots from 6:00-7:00! (if available)
• High School and Middle School Guidance Counselors
• Newton’s ESL Teachers
• NPS Social Workers
• Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs
• Pre-School Information
• Newton Public Library
• Community Sports Teams… and more…
Dinner, Children’s activity tables, and Interpreters provided.
If you are attending, return to your child’s ESL teacher or contact
Dianna Kobayashi at 617-559-6045 or Dianna_Kobayashi@newton.k12.ma.us
Please RSVP by January 8, 2015
Name: _____________________________________School: __________________
Number of Adults Attending? _____________
Number of Children Attending? _____________