• 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: 673

  • 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: 694

  • 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: 563

  • 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: 607

  • 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: 604

  • 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: 537

  • 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: 461

  • The ESL School at NYFA New York Visits Museum of the Moving Image

    From zoetropes and mutoscopes to live multiscreen TV, the Museum of the Moving Image, located in the heart of Queens, takes the visitor on an experiential journey through the complex history of the motion picture.  We combined our classes to go on an immersive excursion where the students would work together to complete an English scavenger hunt.  

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    March 29, 2017 • Exploring the City • Views: 581

  • Free Resources to Help Improve Your English

    Looking to improve your English language skills? You’re not alone: according to TESOL, around 1.5 billion people are currently learning the English language around the world. You’re in good company!

    There’s no better way of improving your English than by speaking and reading it as much as possible, but there are some useful resources online that can help you along the way…

    … and best of all, these are all totally free.

    1. Project Gutenberg and LibriVox

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    March 27, 2017 • Language Tips • Views: 915

  • A Q&A With The ESL School at NYFA Alumnus and NYFA Filmmaking Student Helder Gomes

    As an institution that celebrates a diverse and international student community, The ESL School at NYFA (ESN) is proud to be a part of helping international students pursue their dreams. For many of our students, learning English is the first step towards achieving an incredible goal, whether that goal is to go on to study the arts at NYFA or to take their new English skills straight to work.

    For ESN alumnus Helder Gomes, the goal is to become a great film director. After successfully completing our 12-Week Level 5 Program at ESN, Helder continued to chase his dreams of becoming a filmmaker by enrolling in the New York Film Academy’s 1-Year Filmmaking Program. Now, he’s more inspired than ever to follow his dreams.

    Recently, we had the chance to catch up with Helder and hear how his experience at ESN prepared him for the journey ahead. Check out what he has to say:

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    March 27, 2017 • Q&As • Views: 593