Thursday, January 5, 2017

It takes two to tango! ... & other idioms

The following sentences have idioms that are related to music and sound. Try filling in the blanks with the correct word on the list to complete each idiom. The answers and explanations are below so  you can check your work. No cheating! 

FIDDLE             WHISTLE             EARS             UP             RECORD        
EAR              HORN             BELL           TANGO          DRUM        
  1. Stop complaining about the same thing over and over. You sound like a broken _____.
  2. He’s not the most modest person in the world. He tends to toot his own _____.
  3. She’s not the only one to blame. He played a part in the whole situation. You know, it takes two to _____.
  4. He runs 5 miles a day. He’s fit as a _____.
  5. The latest news from City Hall was like music to our _____. The metrocard is going to be a dollar cheaper next month!
  6. I don’t think I know that person. The name doesn’t ring a _____.
  7. He’s always been a bit odd. He’s always marched to the beat of his own _____ since he was a child.
  8. I’m not really sure what I want to do tomorrow, so let’s just play it by _____.
  9. Wow! This place is as clean as a _____! They must have worked all day! This place was so filthy just this morning.
  10. I like it, but it’s a bit too plain. Add some color, and jazz it _____ a little.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Are you DRESSING UP this Halloween?

Are you wearing a Halloween costume this year? Are you wondering if your friends or classmates are wearing costumes? You can use the phrasal verb "dress up" to talk about it. We use "dress up" when we put on something formal (an evening dress or a tuxedo); however, we also use it when we talk about wearing costumes as on Halloween.

  • Are you dressing up for Halloween
    • Absolutely! 
  • What are you dressing up as?
    • I'm dressing up as a vampire!
  • What are you going to be this Halloween?
    • I'm going to be Donald Trump!
  • What are you going (to the party) as?
    • I'm going as a scarecrow.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

NYLC Students Win 2016 NYS TESOL Contest!

We are proud to announce that two submissions from our NYLC students have won the New York State TESOL Student Project competition!

The 11th Annual NYS TESOL contest invited English learners in schools and universities all across New York State to write an essay or create a video on the topic of "Collaboration." One of the winning entries is an essay written by Ekaterina Puzankova from NYLC Jackson Heights.

The other winning entry is the following video put together by a group of students at NYLC Midtown.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who participated! We are proud of you all!

Ekaterina's WINNING ESSAY for the NYS TESOL Contest

This year, New York Language Center schools participated in the 11th Annual New York State TESOL Student Project Competition. The theme this year was "Collaboration." We are proud to announce that NYLC students won in both the Essay Writing and Digital Essay categories! 

Below is the winning essay written by NYLC Jackson Heights student, Ekaterina Puzankova. To watch the winning digital submission by Advanced students at NYLC Midtown, visit this post.

New York Language Center – Jackson Heights
Ekaterina Puzankova
Teacher: AJ Gonzales

Advantages of working in a group
         Some people prefer to work alone, while others are in favor of a group work. Both approaches have their upsides and drawbacks. However, as far as I am concerned, working in groups is more beneficial for people, because it helps to achieve more far-reaching result, broaden their knowledge, learn how to cooperate and save an ample of time.
         To begin with, group of students can reach a better result, because a wider range of knowledge. Several people can contribute more to a project than one individual due to diversity of ideas and skills. A team has the opportunity to look at the picture from different perspectives, while by working alone you are able to make decisions based only on your own opinion and your possibilities are limited. Hence, the group has higher potential than one person and can achieve greater result.

Friday, July 15, 2016

NYC Beaches!

It's the middle of summer, and that means it's high time for some beach time! 

You might be thinking- the beach in the middle of New York City? Believe it or not there are actually six beaches in the metropolitan area that you can check out on weekends and after class! That means you don't have to plan a weekend to Long Island or the Jersey Shore to enjoy some fun in the sun.

Fort Tilden

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

NYS TESOL Writing & Storytelling Contest

New York Language Center is participating in NYS TESOL's Annual Essay Writing and Digital Storytelling Contest, which is now in its 11th year. The topic this year is "Collaboration." 
We invite all students in the High Intermediate, Advanced, and Post-Advanced levels to participate. Click on "Read more" below to read the full instructions. You may write an essay or submit a digital file to share your story. Some teachers at school may also incorporate this as an activity in class. 
Each branch will choose a winner and two runners up, and the winner chosen by NYS TESOL will be recognized at the 46th Annual NYS TESOL conference in Syracuse, New York, in November 2016.
For more information on how to submit, ask your teacher or the academic coordinator at your branch. 
Good luck to all participants! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Student Spotlight: Ivana Minoska, TOEFL Star

We are very proud of New York Language Center student, Ivana, for her excellent score of 106 on the TOEFL exam!

Ivana is visiting from her home country of Macedonia and has studied with NYLC since October of 2015. She is currently pursuing a Master in International Relations and Law. She is almost finished with her degree and is waiting to submit her Master’s thesis upon her return home.

After a cultural exchange program in Minnesota, Ivana decided that she wanted to allocate some of her time to improve her English further.  She loved her Mid-Western summer and decided then that she wanted to study in an American university—but first needed a great TOEFL score! Her goal is to complete her next educational endeavor at an American university. She is looking at law and masters programs at a few universities throughout the tri-state area. Her TOEFL score has given her more opportunities to the types of programs she will apply to, as well as her eligibility for scholarships. Ivana advises other TOEFL students to read newspapers (she reads both national and local papers) and to resist the temptation to use subtitles when watching TV.