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NEWSLETTER
CENTER FOR ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

CESL
In this issue:





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English Slang
Go Teacher June
Birthdays!
Lexington Summer
Weather
Ecuadorian Student
Association
Upcoming Events
Thursday Night Live
Campus Farmer’s Market
Go Teacher Classes and
TOEFL iBT Online Prep
Lecturer Whitney Sarver, PhD
Lecturer Nicole MillerBeckmann





 

 

 

 

 

Welcome New Scholars!
Go Teacher Experiences
o A Wonderful Experience
Susanna Dutan 7
o Thursday Night Live
Tania Lopez 8
o Great Experience
Willian Garcia 9
o Mother’s Day
Celebration
Karen Aclivar 10
o Five Months in Lexington
Bersabe Quinga 11

The purpose of the Center for English as a Second Language
(CESL) at the University of Kentucky is to provide
comprehensive English language instruction for non-native
English speakers in a university setting. At the Center for
ESL, we assist students in achieving language proficiency
goals for academic, professional, and social purposes
through multi-level language instruction. The Center for ESL
is dedicated to promoting diversity and to providing
reciprocal cultural enrichment opportunities to the
University, the community, and the Commonwealth of
Kentucky.


 

English Slang

“Ants in your pants”
Meaning: To be nervous or anxious or jumpy; to
be unable to sit still.
For example:


We will be there in a few minutes, stop
acting like you have ants in your pants!

June Birthdays!
Elva
 Salto
 6/12
 

 

Nelly
 Tipan
 6/25
 
Maria
 Inga
 6/29
 

Have a great birthday!

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JUNE 2013 NEWSLETTER
CENTER FOR ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

SET SAIL
WITH
CESL
LEXINGTON SUMMER WEATHER
MONTH

AVG.
HIGH

AVG.
LOW

RECORD
HIGH

May

23°C | 74°F

12°C | 54°F

36°C | 96°F
(1941)

June

28°C | 83°F

17°C | 63°F

40°C | 104°F
(1936)

July

30°C | 86°F

19°C | 66°F

42°C | 108°F
(1936)

August

30°C | 86°F

18°C | 65°F

41°C | 105°F
(1936)


 

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JUNE 2013 NEWSLETTER
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IN JUNE:
June 1 – Summer BBQ
June 16 – Father’s Day
June 21 – Summer Solstice

Ecuadorian Student Organization
President: Ana Montalvo
Vice-President: Jorge Montalvo
Secretary/Treasurer: Maria Montalvo
Ecuador Scholar President: Jose Flores
Ecuador Scholar Vice-President: Willian Garcia
Ecuador Scholar Representative: Karen Alcivar

Check out the UK CESL calendar in the office or online to find out
about other great events and organizations!

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JUNE 2013 NEWSLETTER
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Summer Events

 

Join us in Downtown Lexington
every Thursday evening, April 4
through October 31, 2013 for
Central Bank Thursday Night
Live! Come to the Fifth Third
Pavilion at Cheapside Park
from 4:30pm - 8:00pm for
beverages, food from local
restaurants and of course, great
music by live bands! There is no
admission charge to come and listen to the bands play - food
and beverages will be available for purchase on a cash basis.
See the line-up online at www.downtownlex.com


 

 

Cheapside Park (Downtown)
Saturdays - 7am to 3pm
www.lexingtonfarmersmarket.com

READ AB O
UT TANIA’S
THURSDAY
NIGHT LIVE
EXPER IEN
CE ON PAG
E 8!

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JUNE 2013 NEWSLETTER
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The TESL classes are a lot of fun. We are all learning so much
from each other, and the activities encourage us to think
about our students and our teaching. The Culture and
Language class is allowing us to think in new ways by having
us reflect on the biographies of ourselves and our students.
The Methods class introduces an interesting strategy or
activity every day, which helps us to think about and reflect on
best practices for language learning and teaching.
Lecturer Whitney Tudor Sarver, PhD

The Second Language Acquisition/Applied Linguistics course
explores the foundation of language and language learning in
an environment that is dynamic, engaging and collaborative.
In order to promote second language acquisition in their own
classroom, students learn from a wide variety of activities and
projects that can be adapted for use across a multitude of
educational settings, including elementary education, high
school, and university. With invigorating, inspiring, and
insightful discussions about theories, practices and research,
this fast-paced class is never a bore!
Lecturer Nicole R. Miller-Beckmann

Quick Prep:
http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare/quick_prep
General Tips:
http://i-courses.org/toefl-ibt-preparation/test-taking-strategies
www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pdf/TOEFL_Tips.pdf
http://www.englishclub.com/esl-exams/ets-toefl-tips.htm
http://www.englishteachermelanie.com/ten-tips-for-the-toefl-ibt/
Practice Tests:
http://www.examenglish.com/TOEFL/toefl_listening.htm
http://demo.toeflibtcourse.com/
http://www.englishclub.com/esl-exams/ets-toefl-practice.htm
Preparation Guides:
http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare


 

 

Online
Re s o u
rces!

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JUNE 2013 NEWSLETTER
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The University of Kentucky and CESL

Welcomes
Cohort 4
GO TEACHER

SCHOLARS

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JUNE 2013 NEWSLETTER
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A Wonderful Experience

 
BY SUSANA DUTÁN


 

Living in Lexington as a scholarship recipient has been a great experience for me in
many aspects of my life. As a student, I have learned so much. I have improved my English
and developed my skills. As a person, I have learned about the cultural diversity this country
has. It made me understand how culture is important in everyone`s life. As a professional, I
have had the opportunity to know how education is performed here by visiting two schools.
For me, this is the most wonderful experience I have had.
The first one was Locust Trace AgriScience Farm School. It is an agricultural school
that has a curriculum focused on the preservation of the environment. There, students have
the opportunity to learn theories but also to practice in a real way. Teachers help students
guide them in the process of acquiring new knowledge. They guide all activities students do
during classes. That day, I can see many students who were practicing different activities.
They were practicing with plants, fish, and animals. For example, there was a classroom that
has been modified and switched into a clinic for animals. In that place there was a dog and
students were taking care of him. Also there were other kinds of animals like you can see in
the pictures.
The second one was Meadowthorpe Elementary School. It is a primary school where
the curricula are focused on how to be a good leader based on 7 habits. Teachers, students
and parents work together to reach this goal. Teachers motivate their students to follow these
7 habits. Students try to follow them every day, and parents help their children to be
conscientious about the importance of being perseverant in following these 7 habits. Students
showed us how they learn through the correct application of these habits in their lives. They
talked to us about their experiences and what each habit means. They sang a beautiful song
called “Rolling in the Deep”. Finally, they showed us how they work in classes. It was really
wonderful.
I have a lot of great experiences in Lexington and visiting different schools represents
the most important for me as a professional because it helps me to be better in my job when I
go back to my country, “ECUADOR”.

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JUNE 2013 NEWSLETTER
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Thursday Night Live
BY TANIA LOPEZ
It is summer time, and Lexingtonians enjoy sunny days. Every week, on Thursday
evenings, people gather at the Cheapside Pavilion where local bands play great music. The
Lexington community hangs out with their friends and families and has fun with their children
and friendly pets.
Families start to arrive there around five; they bring their own chairs to enjoy the bands
comfortably. When the bands start to perform their amazing concert, people get on the dance
floor and the party starts. I love to see that there is no age for dancing; the elderly and kids are
the best dancers and seem to enjoy it the most.
Around the park stand people hanging out with their friends; casually and colorfully
dressed beautiful girls and young men drinking their glasses of white beer have a lot of fun
talking, laughing and meeting new friends.
They set up various food and beverage stands – the sweet kettle corn, tasty hamburgers
and sausages, hot dogs, pizza. The ice cream stand is my favorite – blueberry and milk butter, or
bourbon and honey are unique flavors!
If you are looking for entertainment in Lexington, you should go to Thursday Night Live
and enjoy this original event where you will learn more about Lexington´s culture while you hear
the sweet sounds performed by the talented and energetic singers and guitarists. You will love
the variety of songs that will make you stand on the dance floor and dance.

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JUNE 2013 NEWSLETTER
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Great Experience in Lexington, Kentucky
BY WILLIAN GARCIA
Before coming to Lexington, I had many good experiences in my life that have helped
me to grow up emotionally and professionally. But after I arrived in Lexington, I could say that
this experience is more than that.
I am able to say this because here I have shared with different cultures and people who
have been really kind and incredible. As part of this big experience, I can tell you about two
great experiences I had in this month.
The first one is the visit to the Newport Aquarium, which is located near Cincinnati,
Ohio, more or less one hour and half from Lexington. It was a wonderful visit because I saw in
that place many marine animals that I have never seen before; for instance, I saw starfish,
some big stingrays, crabs, penguins and many types of fish. Moreover, I saw big crocodiles,
animals that I have never seen, and I was really surprised when I saw big frogs like a football.
So I really enjoyed it a lot!
Another great experience I had during this month was the visit to Meadowthorpe
Elementary School located within a few minutes of campus. It was amazing because I learned
a lot from students. When they showed up, they were really well prepared with a great fluency
of exposition on the topic they talked about. Also, I got surprised with the methodology that
teachers used with their students, for example, it’s incredible that students at the age of six
can read and take tests on the computer. Then, my question was, how did they get it? I think
it depends on the teaching methodologies they use. So it made

me think that we as teachers

have to work really hard with our students when we come back to our country.
In conclusion, being here with a scholarship doesn’t mean just concentrating on hours
of studying to learn something, it means to learn something new about the city and other
stuff by doing and sharing fun things with people from other cultures, religions and
traditions. I will never forget this big experience.


 

 

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JUNE 2013 NEWSLETTER
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Go Teacher Mother’s Day Celebration
BY KAREN ALCIVAR
On May 16th, all the Ecuadorian teachers gathered to celebrate one of the most important
calendar dates for us, Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is a traditional celebration in Ecuador. It is
celebrated on the second Sunday of May. For that reason, we could not pass by such an
important and emotional day. So we decided to organize a traditional Ecuadorian coastal
barbecue for all the Go Teacher’s mothers, our Ecuadorian teachers and for our TESOL teachers
and CESL administrators that happily joined us in this big celebration.
It was amazing to see how each one of the Ecuadorian teachers helped and collaborated
in the preparation of the food. Specifically, some of them told us they felt really happy because
everybody was participating. Although we had alerted everyone about the bad weather that day,
we decided to take the risk and launch the party anyway. However, that afternoon the rain
stopped suddenly and we could have the cookout.
Additionally, we asked for the participation of two of our greatest artists in the group to
put a little joy and melancholy into our party and also to show a little about our traditions. Mrs.
María Inga read an emotional and wonderful poem dedicated to Mother, in which she mentioned
all the hard labor that a mother does every day without asking for anything more than the
satisfaction of seeing her children happy. That went deeply into the heart of each one of us.
After that we had the extraordinary participation of Paola Córdoba with her skillful ability to play
the guitar and her wonderful voice to sing a serenata, a traditional Ecuadorian custom in which a
person with a guitar plays and sings mother´s songs. She sang some beautiful songs to all the
Go Teacher mothers and guests. Then we also took the opportunity to say goodbye to one of the
most helpful collaborators and friend, Ms. Jill Cargile, who was leaving the program. Later the
husband of our dear Lina Crocker also played the guitar and sang some songs including a
popular Kentucky song. Finally everybody was invited to have some of our delicious Ecuadorian
food.
I think this was one of the best days so far. All our Ecuadorians friends were so happy
because we shared a special moment together where cooperation was our best ally. Thanks to
each one of them for their nice help and for showing how our Ecuadorian culture is.

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JUNE 2013 NEWSLETTER
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Five Months Living in Lexington, Kentucky
BY BERSABE QUINGA
I am really so happy to be here. I have seen and visited so many different places. When I
arrived in Lexington everything around me was dry and now it is wonderful to see a great nature
with flowers of different colors and green trees. Thanks to God everything is possible. Moreover,
I have visited some places, for example: The Town Branch Distillery, the Raven Run Nature
Sanctuary, the Aquarium in Cincinnati and two different schools. The most important for me was
the visit to the Meadowthorpe Elementary School.
This school had a good project where children practice every day in order to get their
dream and become leaders. Ethnicity doesn’t matter. This project involves the family, teachers
and students. The seven habits are: be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things
first, think “win, win”, seek first to understand then to be understood, listen before you talk,
synergize together is better, and sharpen the saw. Students learn that study is first, then play,
and they have a plan in mind that they have to think what they will be when they grow up. The
dream is drawn on paper. They work as a group team, but they have a leader as I could see when
they did a performance for the visitors. When I visited their classrooms I noticed that they were
doing different activities and everybody was ready to explain.

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JUNE 2013 NEWSLETTER
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The link to Go Teacher Kentucky’s
facebook group is on the website!

CESL Assistant Director and Newsletter Lead: Tina M. Durbin
Editor: Xavier M. Watson | Assistant Editor: Kaitlin Burke | Special Programs Coordinator: Jason Carr

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