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. Continue Reading
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.
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!
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!
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 ash, honeycomb, and s’mores.
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!
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.