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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) ESN-NYC Visits The Museum of the Moving Image

    The Museum of the Moving Image was once a famous film studio for silent films. Today, it is one of the only film museums of its kind, located in Queens, New York. The museum offers an interesting look at film and television history through old, archive footage and antique equipment. The museum also includes cutting-edge exhibitions on technology.

    Jim Henson’s storyboarding

    In July, the ESN-NYC students went to The Museum of The Moving Image. There, they visited an exhibition entitled The New Genres: Video in the Internet Age which showed clips from popular YouTube video personalities.  Students also got a chance to learn hands-on techniques with interactive exhibitions.

    One student, Michiru explained, “They showed us a lot of small models and special effects make-up, which was very helpful.” The Museum of the Moving Image is a great way to see the history of film unfold before your eyes.

    Star Wars figurines

    Another student, Chian, said, “I saw a lot of real things such as scripts and props so I could learn about film history, so it was very interesting for me. I want to go back again!”

    VOCABULARY

    footage (n.) – filmed material for a movie

    antique (adj.) – an old object that has a high value

    cutting-edge (adj.) – the most advanced development of something

    hands-on (adj.) – active participation and not just learning from reading about something

    October 17, 2018 • Exploring the City • Views: 100

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) ESN-LA Goes to the Hollywood Bowl

    In the heart of LA lies the Hollywood Bowl, arguably one of the most famous music venues in the United States. It’s prominence stems from its long history of iconic performances, from American musicians like Frank Sinatra to the world-famous The Beatles. Our students got the chance to explore the inside, learn about the architectural design of the building, and — most importantly — be immersed in its colorful history.

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    October 17, 2018 • Exploring the City • Views: 114

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

    Summer is a magical season filled with outdoor movie screenings, music, and beach-going. Eventually though, all good things must come to an end. The month of August signals the approaching end of summer — students return to school, vacations come to an end, and the days shorten even further.

    Don’t worry! There’s still plenty of time to enjoy fun, outdoor activities. Check out our calendars and get out there and make some more summer memories!

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

    FUN FACT: The Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles is the home of the LA Philharmonic when they aren’t playing at their summer home, the Hollywood Bowl. When the Walt Disney Concert Hall was built, the steel walls reflected a lot of sunlight. As a result, the nearby sidewalks were a scorching 140 degrees Fahrenheit!

    Want to read more about the Disney Concert Hall? Check out this ESN blog post.

     

    August 1, 2018 • Culture Fridays, Exploring the City, Monthly Event Calendars • Views: 122

  • 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: 330

  • 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: 299

  • 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: 288

  • What Did the Ground Say to the Earthquake?

    Answer: You crack me up!

    Los Angeles is known for its incredible film industry, amazing lifestyle, and … its earthquakes. While quakes don’t happen every day, it’s still important to be prepared. Take a look at some of ESN-LA’s tips for earthquake preparedness.

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    April 19, 2018 • Exploring the City • Views: 165

  • The ESL School at NYFA Visits The Price is Right!

    Every quarter, ESN organizes a field trip to get the students out of the classroom to explore the city and use their English skills. This past quarter students attended a taping of one of the most exciting shows on television — The Price is Right!

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    April 10, 2018 • Exploring the City • Views: 283

  • Foodies of L.A., Truck On!

    Food Truck Decisions | www.eslynfa.edu

    What’s your fancy today? Will it be Kogi BBQ, Burger Bombay, or Hummus Yummy? Maybe you’re more in the mood for Big Green Bow, The Grilled Cheese Truck, or perhaps even Ragin’ Cajun. The possibilities are limitless day or night! Explore the food truck culture of L.A.

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    September 8, 2017 • Exploring the City • Views: 446

  • Downtown L.A. Theater Tour

    Disney Concert Hall | www.eslnyfa.edu

    When people think about the city of Los Angeles, the first thing that comes to mind is film. While Hollywood is very important to the city, theater also has a long and vibrant history. Read about our adventures through some of L.A.’s world famous theaters.

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    September 6, 2017 • Exploring the City • Views: 496