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  • The ESL School at NYFA Celebrates “Be Kind to Humankind” Week

    “What can I do to make the world a better place?”

    This is a question we might ask ourselves from time to time. Most people think we need to do big things to have an impact on the world around us. However, this isn’t always true. Small actions can have the power to change someone’s life.

    Did you know that there is a special week called Be Kind to Humankind Week? ESN-LA and NYC celebrated by doing a few thoughtful activities.

    ESN-LA created garlands of birds and wrote one kind thing they could do each day. These are now hung up in the ESN office as a reminder of the small actions we can take each day. Here are a few of their suggestions:

    “Spend more time communicating with friends rather than just focusing on your phone.”

    “Hold the door open for people who are behind you.”

    “Keep smiling.”

    We also focused on the importance of being kind to ourselves. Kathia, a NYFA-LA counselor, guided the students through meditation exercises. Being a student can be stressful, so it’s very important that we manage our anxiety.

    In addition, ESN students created PSAs (public service announcements), which are produced to educate and raise awareness about social issues. The students showed their creativity by taking the topic of kindness and interpreting it in many ways. All of the ESN students gathered in a screening room to enjoy some pizza and popcorn while watching the beautiful messages of the PSAs.

    It is easy to see that these students are in the right place to develop their filmmaking skills. They had to plan their scripts, storyboards, and edit the final product. We are so proud to be part of helping these students reach their goals!

    Check out one of the Level 5 Advanced ESL videos below!

    September 25, 2018 • Classroom Fun • Views: 131

  • ESN Celebrates African-American Music Appreciation Month

    Music is a very powerful tool. One song can change our mood or make a moment more magical. June was African-American Music Appreciation Month and The ESL School at NYFA’s Level 5 students found new favorite songs and reflected on America’s observance of the incredible musical contributions of African Americans.

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    August 27, 2018 • Classroom Fun • Views: 191

  • 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: 290

  • 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: 287

  • YouTube: Lights, Camera, Action!

    Lights, camera, action!

    Last quarter, students at ESN-NYC participated in the Film Elective led by instructors Meghan Killeen and Andrew Dispensa. Get a behind-the-scenes look at their YouTube film project.

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    April 10, 2018 • Classroom Fun • Views: 248

  • Vincent van Gogh Film Adaptation

    Renowned for his paintings, Vincent van Gogh also understood the power of language. He once stated, “It is not the language of painters, but the language of nature which one should listen to.” Delving into the creative palette of language, ESN students recently put vocabulary into motion through a collaborative project. Students read the biography of Vincent van Gogh in their Reading & Vocabulary textbook, and then brought the pages to life through a film adaptation.

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    April 10, 2018 • Classroom Fun • Views: 222

  • “All the World’s a Stage” – Shakespeare

    This quarter, Ebba Gendron, an ESN-LA instructor, is thrilled to be offering an acting class to the ESL student community. “As a filmmaker, it is important to not only understand what actors do, but to understand the process and the vocabulary used by actors and to experience the art form firsthand. This is what this class offers the students,” she says. Find out more about her story and how she is bridging ESN to NYFA.

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    March 12, 2018 • Classroom Fun • Views: 355

  • ‘Tis the Season!

    The holiday season is a magical time of year … Christmas tree lighting ceremonies and ice skating rinks start popping up throughout the city! A great way to stave off homesickness is to have a party. ESN-LA recently held its annual Cookie Swap. Students and teachers brought in homemade and store-bought cookies to share and the room was decorated with snowflakes, garlands, and white twinkle lights.

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    December 15, 2017 • Classroom Fun • Views: 259