sábado, 15 de junio de 2013

We are New York

The best way to introduce We are New York is by letting We are New York introduce itself.

"We Are New York is an Emmy Award-winning half hour TV show created to help people practice English.  Each story highlights important and realistic situations, like going to the doctor or talking with a child’s teacher.  The stories capture the spirit of people who have come from all over the world that have made the Big Apple their home.  The characters speak every day English, but at a slower pace.  Subtitles are used to help facilitate understanding of sentence formation and context.

The We Are New York (WANY) Project uses conversation groups throughout the five boroughs to help immigrant New Yorkers practice English and learn about helpful City services.  These groups are led by volunteers who are trained by the We Are New York staff.

WANY was created by the Mayor’s Office of Adult Education and the City University of New York, Office of Academic Affairs.  It is now part of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs."

There are nine episodes so far on We are New York:
  • Welcome parents
  • Stay in school
  • Love and money
  • New Life Cafe
  • Asthma
  • No smoking
  • The wedding
  • Domestic violence
  • The hospital
Each episode comes  complete with a study guide, list of important words, a low-level reader, and the transcript of the video.

We are New York  also has a YouTube channel with all the videos of the educational programme, where the half-an-hour episodes are split into three different parts.

Here's the first part of  New Life Cafe:

We are New York is specially suitable for low-level English learners, and for those who want to catch a glimpse of life of New York and the situations immigrants come across when they first start living there.

H/T to Milpitas Chat.