Pub Night

This week we went to the pub. We were joined by some families and several former students.

Surely going to the pub is nothing to blog about… not so. Going to the pub allows both staff and students, especially those on various programmes to mingle and chat in a social setting. This kind of activity would be almost impossible, (and very uncomfortable/unnatural) in a classroom. This week we had three generations of students from one of our programmes, this was a special treat for us especially as so many of you have gone on to do so well. At least that’s what they tell us. 😉

Food, Fun and Friends! Photo Ivan Preston.

Food, Fun and Friends!
Photo Ivan Preston.

Most people also ate at the pub.

Social activities like this can help people to feel comfortable in a typically British social setting. All of which promotes and smooths integration. If and when you find yourself on courses, or in workplaces, where you are the only non-Native English Speaker, or one of a small minority, integration becomes key. Especially, if you happen not to like some of the people who have the same language background as you. 😉

It also allowed some experimentation with Newcastle Brown Ale which normally finds its way into our Christmas Pudding around this time of year.

Another benefit of having everyone together is that those students who transfer from one programme to another will at least recognise their new classmates and teachers.

Above is a photo from early in the evening. There were rumors of dancing … does anyone have photos of that?

Tate Britain Trip

A week ago students taking the module Introduction to the Arts in Britain through English  visited Tate Britain in London.

They specifically visited paintings by John Constable and William Turner, the two major British landscape painters of the 19th century.  This was in part to be able to experience first-hand paintings that we had looked at in reproduction in class, as well as other works by these artists.

ELTSU Lecturer Howard Giles discussing a painting with students. Photo: Lorely Ponce

ELTSU Lecturer Howard Giles discussing a painting with students.
Photo: Lorely Ponce

We also looked at work by the Pre-Raphaelites  such as Hunt, Rossetti and Millais following up on in class input on this artistic movement and group.

Most of the students also managed to explore the whole Tate Britain collection, or at least most of that bit of it that was on display and hanging on the day. 😉

The Tate has over 500 years of British art on display.  Photo: Lorely Ponce

The Tate has over 500 years of British art on display.
Photo: Lorely Ponce

It was a timely visit:

Firstly: Tate Britain has very recently re-opened after a £45 million refurbishment and chronological re-hang of its collection spanning 500 years’ of British art.

Students enjoyed seeing the work full size and not in reproduction.  Photo: Lorely Ponce

Students enjoyed seeing the work full size and not in reproduction.
Photo: Lorely Ponce

Secondly: The weather was fine, although grey and overcast so not inspiring for art lovers, (at least it wasn’t raining) and the trip both to and from London went smoothly. This allowed us to walk along the river and do a little sight seeing on the way.

The Houses of Parliament with Big Ben Photo: Lorely Ponce

The Houses of Parliament with Big Ben
Photo: Lorely Ponce

Crossing the Millennium Bridge with the London Eye in the background. Photo: Lorely Ponce

Crossing the Millennium Bridge with the London Eye in the background.
Photo: Lorely Ponce