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  • 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: 942

  • Off to the Theatre

    Some of the greatest learning happens outside the classroom! Last week, ESN-NYC attended a play adaptation of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafta. It’s a dark humor play about a man who turns into a strange creature.

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    April 25, 2018 • Language Tips • Views: 1089

  • Restaurant Review: Exploring through Your Stomach

    Have you ever visited a new city and had a hard time finding a great place to eat? If you find yourself in L.A., don’t worry! ESN-LA students have written reviews to guide your tastebuds in the right direction! Sai, a Level 5 student, recently visited Strada Eateria & Coffee in downtown. See what she thought of this new restaurant.

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    April 25, 2018 • Language Tips • Views: 1082

  • Alumni Highlight: Where Are They Now?

    Fabian Barreneche Vega, a former student of the ESL School at NFYA and a current Acting for Film student of the New York Film Academy, took a moment out of his busy schedule to sit down with us and answer a few questions about his experiences at ESN and in New York City.

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    April 25, 2018 • Q&As • Views: 973

  • Film Friday: Friday the 13th Edition

    The students at ESN-LA recently celebrated the unluckiest day of the year with a screening of Get Out. Prima Gonzalez, the Associate Education Direction, made red velvet crime scene cupcakes for the students to eat, as well as popcorn which is a staple for movie watching!

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    April 19, 2018 • Language Tips • Views: 1021

  • 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: 828

  • Dive Into the Logic of English Spelling Rules

    English spelling can sometimes feel rather arbitrary, but rest assured there are rules to help you guide your pen or keyboard to the correct choice. We’ve compiled some of them to help get you started in recognizing patterns and taking note of exceptions.

    I before E except after C

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    September 5, 2017 • Language Tips • Views: 1049

  • 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: 1153