• Star Wars Day

    May the Fourth be with you! The ESL School at NYFA had fun with Star Wars Day on May 4, also known as “Star Wars” day. Each campus celebrated this special holiday in their own unique way, coming up with creative and educational activities to commemorate the day.

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    May 19, 2017 • Culture Fridays • Views: 152

  • 5 Useful Creative Arts Words

    The ESL School at NYFA is the English language school for creative arts. We take every opportunity to infuse our curriculum with creative arts activities, classes, and vocabulary. Here are five of our favorite vocabulary words from the month of May.

    1. avant-garde (adj.) – used to describe a person or art that uses new, experimental, or radical ideas.  Ex: Emiko’s new short film is avant-garde. I’ve never seen anything like it!
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    May 12, 2017 • Language Tips • Views: 218

  • Film Fridays at The ESL School at NYFA

    Watching movies is a wonderful way to explore the English language. The ESL School at NYFA has introduced Film Fridays to bring students together to watch and discuss a wide variety of films. The first series of films in Los Angeles is Teachers’ Favorites. Students can learn a little more about their instructors through their choice of film.  Continue Reading

    May 8, 2017 • Culture Fridays • Views: 204

  • ESL Students Visit The Autry Museum of the West

    On a recent field trip, The ESL School at NYFA Los Angeles students were reminded that local history goes much further than the streets of Hollywood. At the Autry Museum of the West, students were able to visit an old Western saloon, view film memorabilia and historic firearms, and also star in their own personal Western! There were vests, hats, and other prop clothes for them to wear. When they were ready, they pressed a button on the saddle that cued the classic upbeat horse-riding tune Rossini’s “William Tell Overture Final.” Waving a cowboy hat in the air, the students pretended they were riding through the Wild West.

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    April 29, 2017 • Culture Fridays, Exploring the City • Views: 197

  • English Through Music and Song Elective

    In this elective class, music and song treat the English language as a meeting point and a commonality rather than as a barrier. Students of different proficiency levels come together every Monday and Wednesday for an hour to listen to new songs and melodies, engaging with the English language in a different kind of way. The songs range in genre and style from popular music to blues to rap to feel-good, easy listening. In the course of 12 weeks students listen to artists like Adele, Macklemore, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, and many more.

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    April 27, 2017 • Language Tips • Views: 220

  • 5 Questions With The ESL School at NYFA New York Education Director Linda Gilbert

    Here in 5 Questions, we get to know some of our amazing faculty and instructors at The ESL School at NYFA (ESN). Today, we sat down with Linda Gilbert, our education director at The ESL School at NYFA New York. Let’s  find out a little bit more about her interests and what makes her tick.
     

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    April 18, 2017 • Q&As • Views: 214

  • 5 Questions With Associate Education Director Prima Gonzalez

    Welcome to 5 Questions! We take a little time to sit down with the faculty and staff of The ESL School NYFA (ESN) and get to know them a bit, find out about their interests and what makes them tick. This is an ongoing series where we highlight one member of the team each month. Join us today for to get to know Prima Gonzalez, our associate education director at The ESL School at NYFA’s Los Angeles campus.

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    April 18, 2017 • Q&As • Views: 193

  • What Are Culture Fridays?

    Taking vocabulary to new heights, The ESL School at NYFA New York introduces Culture Fridays: an immersive weekly lesson that teaches students about history, slang and pop culture.

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    April 13, 2017 • Culture Fridays • Views: 189

  • 5 Questions with Erika Ueda: Education Director at The ESL School at NYFA San Jose

    The ESL School at NYFA had a chance to catch up with Erika Ueda, our San Jose campus’ education director. Get to know Ms. Ueda a bit by seeing her answers to our 5 questions, below:

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    April 13, 2017 • Q&As • Views: 154

  • National Poetry Month at The ESL School at NYFA

    April was National Poetry Month and The ESL School at NYFA (ESN) has been celebrating the simplicity and complexity of its various forms. Students have been demonstrating their creativity with projects such as developing haikus and deconstructing modern song lyrics. Poetry, like all creative art forms, allows the viewers to find themselves as well as lose themselves in the process. The ESL School at NYFA San Jose began an exploration with haiku, which is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Focusing on syllable count and mood allowed the ESL students to understand the music of the language, appreciate implied meaning, and tell a story with limited words.

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    April 1, 2017 • Language Tips • Views: 137