St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes – Leap Year February 29, 2016

Posted on February 27, 2016

How will you spend your extra 24 hours on February 29th?   We have Julius Caesar to thank for adding one day every four years to the month of February.   Before Caesar’s time, the Roman calendar had 355 days with an extra 22-day month every two years.   In the 1st century, Julius Caesar ordered his […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes – Diversity in Fairfax County and School Holidays

Posted on February 26, 2016

The Fairfax County Class of 2026 constitutes the largest and one of the most ethnically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse groups of students the county has seen, a fact that school system administrators say could pose significant challenges in the decade to come. One of the biggest challenges – how to create an inclusive school calendar which […]

San Marcos ESL—el semestre de invierno de 2016 atrae a estudiantes de 36 países

Posted on February 23, 2016

San Marcos ESL se enorgullece en servir a 147 estudiantes procedentes de 36 países y 5 continentes,  en 12 clases durante el semestre de invierno 2016! Los estudiantes están entre los más diversos que hemos servido. Como en años anteriores, hay grandes grupos de estudiantes de Centro y Sud-América, y también de Asia. Pero este […]

성 마르코 영어프로그램 2016년 겨울학기에 36개 나라에서 온 학생들이 공부합니다

Posted on February 22, 2016

성마르코영어프로그램은2016년겨울학기 12개클래스에 5개대륙의 36개나라에서온 147명의학생들이영어공부하고있습니다.  여태껏해온중에가장다양한곳에서온학생들로구성되어있습니다. 과거에는중앙, 남아메리카와아시아에서온학생들대부분이었습니다.   하지만이번겨울에는네델란드수단등유럽, 아프리카그리고중앙아시아의여러나라에서왔습니다. 겨울학기에 등록한 학생들 중 65%는 계속해서 듣는 학생들이고 35%는 새로 온 학생들입니다. 새로 등록한 많은 학생을은 친구나 전에 여기 다녔던 학생들의 추천으로 왔거나 웹싸이트, 블로그 페이스 북을 통해서 알고 왔습니다. 147명의 학생중에는 미국에서 30년 이상 산 사람도 있고 몇주맊에 안된 사람도 있습니다. 나이는 18살에서 74살까지 […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes – Language Matters The Importance of a Sense of Humor

Posted on February 19, 2016

Learning a new language involves stumbling every now and then; it is inevitable. I know this from personal experience. Thankfully, we are bound to find our way with hard work, humility and perspective. When students have developed beginner to intermediate knowledge, they find that they can understand a foreign language and eventually write and communicate […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes – Life Skills Speaker Series – “Using the Computer in Everyday Life”

Posted on February 19, 2016

The St. Mark ESL Program is pleased to announce the third presentation in our Life Skills Speaker Series. This program is open to all of our ESL students and will cover the topic “Using the Computer in Your Everyday Life”. Our guest speaker will demonstrate how to do an Internet search, show us how to […]

St. Mark ESL 成人英语冬季课程吸引了来自36个国家和地区的学员

Posted on February 16, 2016

St. Mark ESL成人英语冬季课程的12个班级147名学员分别来自五大洲的36个国家和地区。这是我们从没有过的,为来自如此分布广泛的学员服务。在过去,多数学员来自南美洲和亚洲,但冬季课程吸引了来自荷兰、苏丹和其它欧洲、非洲和中东国家和地区的学员。   冬季课程有65%的学员是老学员,另35%是首次注册的新学员,这其中有老学员推荐的,也有通过我们的网页、脸书等社交媒体知道的。   在这147名学员中,有些人已经在美国生活了30年以上,也有的刚抵达这里几个星期。学员的年龄从18到74岁,多数学员居住在Vienna,Oakton, 和Fairfax,但是也有来自相对较远的地区例如Alexandria,Ashburn,Centreville,Lorton,Woodbridge或 Maryland州等。学员的职业分布很广泛,包括:护理、保洁、建筑、设计和工程机械,他们其中有一个建筑师、一个医生、一个教师、一个Uber司机和一个新娘(婚礼)礼物选择顾问。   St. Mark ESL一大亮点是在以ESL成人英语为核心的基础上的附加课程,有101名学员(大约69%)参加了:实用英语会话、写作、公民入籍辅导以及新开设的初级额外辅导课程。这些课程把来自不同级别成人英语班的学员聚在一起组成一个友好的大家庭。实用英语会话班现在由于学员众多,已经分成了两个组共计51名学员,每次上课的时候来自5个不同级别ESL班的学员分组共同讨论选定的话题,最近一次的讨论话题是:“How to Cope with Winter Weather “和” Primaries and Presidential Elections.“。新开设的初级额外辅导班是帮助初级学员能更好跟上学习进度,使他们有额外的学习机会。   我们到这个月已经为北维州社区提供了17年的服务,我们现在有77名志愿者继续为St. Mark的学员提供教学服务。有关冬季课程活动的图片和最新的2016春季课程的信息,请访问我们的网页:www.stmarkesl.org 关于拟稿作者: Ida Hiller 是St. Mark ESL 成人英语的组织协调人,她有16年执教不同级别的英语课程的经验,现在她是高级一班的教师,Ida能讲西班牙语、意大利语和英语。   About the Translator: Max Jin 来自中国,他在美国生活了20年,已经成为美国公民15年。Max 为一家公司做排版设计,在家里通过网络为公司工作。他现在是 St. Mark 成人英语学校高级班的学员,同时也协助学校做一些中文翻译工作。  恭喜所有学员和志愿者!住大家有一个轻松愉快的夏季。我们在9月再相见!

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes – Saint Valentine’s Day in the US and Around the World

Posted on February 14, 2016

Will you be my Valentine?   Look out for this invitation on February 14.  On that day, we celebrate the Feast of St Valentine, the patron saint of lovers and happy marriages.  Couples exchange cards, flowers, and chocolates. At school, children give their classmates silly cards and candy hearts. When I was a child, we made […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes – Washington’s Birthday Presidents’ Day in United States February 15, 2016

Posted on February 12, 2016

Washington’s Birthday is a Federal Holiday held on the third Monday of February. The day honors the first President of the United States. Washington’s Birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in 1880. It was made a Federal Holiday in 1885. The holiday was originally celebrated on the anniversary of George Washington’s birth, on February […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes – Tet Nguyen Dan (Tet)

Posted on February 10, 2016

Tet Nguyen Dan (Tet) or Vietnamese New Year is celebrated on the same day as Lunar New Year and Chinese New Year. Tet is one of the most important gatherings of the year to Vietnamese culture as it is the opportunity for family union and community festive celebrations. Vietnamese spend average of 10 day holidays […]