E-S-L Student receives honor

ESL Student Receives Honor From NYACCE

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Fodé Mara, a student in the adult English as a Second Language (ESL) program at TST BOCES was recently honored with a Student of the Year award by the New York Association of Continuing and Community Education (NYACCE). A banquet and award ceremony was held to recognize Mara and 19 other recipients on October 17, […]

ESL Students Learn Woodworking Skills While Practicing English

ESL Students Learn Woodworking Skills While Practicing English

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Seven female students from the BOCES ESL program took part in the Hammerstone Carpentry School for Women’s one-day class for immigrants and refugees.  The group of women from Burma, Mexico, Peru and China were able to practice English and learn new words while also learning new skills as they built their own windowsill flowerboxes. It was the […]

Student Volunteers

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Several students in our program are volunteering in our office in order to get experience working in an English-speaking environment. We are always looking for more volunteers. Please talk to Julie or Hilary if you are interested.

Varna Playground Project

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We went to Varna on May 15 to help make a playground. We wore work gloves, because we worked. We broke the ground with a pick axe, because we needed to flatten the ground.  We shoveled the ground to flatten the dirt. We raked the rocks because we needed to remove the rocks. We put […]

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Trip

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On April 30, our class went to visit the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology. We started the tour by meeting our teacher’s friend, Susan, who loves birds and knows a lot about them. She talked to us about different kind of birds and told us how they migrate to South America in the winter and […]

Scheffer Organic Dairy Farm Trip

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On April 24, the Level 5 students went to visit Scheffler’s Organic Dairy Farm located in Groton, NY. It is about 20 minutes by car from Ithaca. Ed and Eileen showed us how to milk a cow and what kind of crops they grow such as corn, soy bean and sunflowers. They explained the difference between an […]

Fire Station Field Trip

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Two firefighters, a man and a woman, talked about their uniforms. They weigh about 50 pounds. They need to put on their uniform in two minutes. They also wear a tank of oxygen on their back. When it runs out of air it beeps. It also beeps when the firefighter hasn’t moved for a few […]

Visit to the Tompkins County Board of Election and Polling Places

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The first Tuesday of November is Election Day in the U.S.  In 2014, the people of Ithaca voted for NY State governor, NY State senator, a U.S. representative, and many other officials.  To prepare for Election Day, our class visited the Board of Elections to learn about the voting procedure, and “voted” by inserting a […]

Finger Lakes Land Trust Presentation

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Students in the Advanced ESL class enjoyed a presentation by the Finger Lakes Land Trust.  Students learned about conservation issues and methods in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, and asked questions about interacting with nature and wildlife in our area.  The class then headed outside in search of hemlock trees and the […]

Cornell Cooperative Extension Grocery Store Tour

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Students from the Beginner ESL class teamed up with Cornell Cooperative Extension, to take part in a program about budgeting and nutrition at the grocery store.  In class, students prepared for the trip with a unit on comparing prices, flavors, and health in English.  At the store, they worked together to look at the sodium, sugar, and […]

Field Trip to Groundswell Incubator Farm

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Around 25 students visited the Groundswell Incubator Farm on West Hill in Ithaca.  This program offers affordable rental land, as well as water, fencing, tools, training, and other services to immigrants and refugees in Ithaca, so that they can start a commercial farm or grow a large family garden without a sizeable financial risk.  Students […]

Ithaca Festival

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On May 29, more than 50 of our students and teachers participated in the Ithaca Festival Parade. It was the first time the T-S-T BOCES ESL Program had ever marched in this community event. Students and teachers spent three weeks preparing signs and banners, learning computer design and photography skills in the process. The theme […]