• NYC: The International Center for Photography

    Hello, summer! Last week, ESN-NYC went to The International Center for Photography.

    The weather was perfect, so first we stopped for vegan ice cream at Van Leeuwen’s. The sizes were huge and the ice cream came in interesting flavors and colors. Some eye-catching flavors were black sesame ashhoneycomb, and s’mores

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    July 2, 2018 • Exploring the City • Views: 183

  • LA+NYC: Fun Things to Do in July!

    It’s officially summer! The weather has gotten warmer, the sweaters have been put away, and it’s time to have some fun in the sun! There is much to do in LA and NYC this month. Don’t just lie on the couch all day — get out there and discover something new!

    • Check out LA’s July calendar here.
    • NYC’s calendar can be found here.

    Go ahead. Click the links to find out more about fun events around town!

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    July 2, 2018 • Monthly Event Calendars • Views: 166

  • Exam Coming Up? Check Out These Helpful Tips!

    When we hear the word “exam,” it usually produces a visceral feeling of stress: your pulse races, you feel like you are going to faint, and you have forgotten everything. Relax! The ESL School at NYFA has some helpful tips to help you get ready for that exam.

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    June 14, 2018 • Language Tips • Views: 127

  • LA + NYC: Fun Things to Do in June!


    Did you know that the best way to learn a language is to use the language? It’s true! Exploring your city and interacting with native speakers will help your speaking skills skyrocket. Whether you are in LA or NYC and looking for a volunteer experience, a movie screening, or new free activities, ESN is here to help you. Check out The ESL School at NYFA’s event calendar for unique things to do in and around the exciting epicenters of all things cool: LA and NYC.

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    June 14, 2018 • Monthly Event Calendars • Views: 127

  • Want to Feel Better? Catch Some ZZZ’s

    During your time in the U.S., you’ve probably noticed that we celebrate certain things during different months. In April, ESN celebrated National Poetry Month by writing haikus and taking photos that represented the meaning and emotion of famous poems. May was National Meditation Month, Bike Month, BBQ Month, and Mental Health Awareness Month. To celebrate Mental Health Awareness, ESN-NYC students participated in a program at the New York Film Academy entitled “Lights Out!”

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    May 30, 2018 • Classroom Fun • Views: 152

  • NYC Apple Store Photo Walk

    ESN-NYC recently went on an Apple Store Photo Walk as a part of the Visual Art Elective. Our instructor, Leo, gave us great tips on how to use an iPhone as a professional, digital camera. The students learned technical vocabulary and also how to apply the “rule of thirds” technique to turn any normal photo in an amazing composition.

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    May 30, 2018 • Classroom Fun • Views: 156

  • May is National Meditation Month


    Meditation is done around the world to clear minds and calm inner emotions. ESN-LA students recently took a break from their books and joined a NYFA meditation class. Learning to cook, getting around your new city, and learning a language can be a bit stressful. Let’s see how ESN-LA students learned to ease the stress and make daily life even more enjoyable.

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    May 29, 2018 • Culture Fridays • Views: 142

  • Restaurant Review: Pearl Street Diner (NYC)

    Photo by the ESL School at NYFA.

    Food is the way to anyone’s heart! It is also a great way to learn grammar. Last week, the students from ESN-NYC went to a classic, retro restaurant from the 1960s called Pearl Street Diner, near Wall Street. Diners are a symbol of “Americana,” or America’s heritage. Many popular and classic films include scenes in a diner. For example, think of the iconic opening scene in Pulp Fiction.

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    May 15, 2018 • Exploring the City • Views: 175

  • Celebrating Culture: Cinco de Mayo!

    New York City and Los Angeles are very proud of their cultural diversity. The Los Angeles campus recently celebrated Cinco de Mayo, which is a celebration of the Mexican Army’s improbable victory over the French in the city of Puebla, Mexico (1862). See what The ESL School did to mark this special day!

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    May 10, 2018 • Culture Fridays • Views: 172

  • Get Out There and Volunteer!

    Did you know that volunteering has an incredible amount of benefits? Connecting with the community can help reduce loneliness and stress and increase happiness and health. Volunteering also provides a wonderful way to practice English! Take a look at what ESN-LA has been doing to connect with the Los Angeles community. Continue Reading

    April 30, 2018 • Exploring the City • Views: 165