Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bowling Night With Scott

The South Bay students gathered together for a fun night of bowling. Omar 's smashed finger didn't stop him from cracking some pins. Masashi and Takuya provided plenty of energetic dancing and other entertaining moves. Best bowler award should probably go to Gerson for his nearly flawless technique. Tucked together closely and comfortably on three lanes, we all made the best of another great activity.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Japanese dinner with Tommy!

We went to a Japanese restaurant in Monterrey Park called Ramen N.A.O. Many of our Japanese classmates have been to this restaurant.  All the food there was so good and the place made us feel very comfortable. We were laughing and sharing a lot of funny stories. One of the best things about attending a school with so many cultures is learning about different food. The meal was an unforgettable memory for us and we can’t wait until the next time. :)

Mina - TOEFL Student

One of the best ways for students to get to know each other is through a good meal.  It is during these times that students begin to communicate and open up. Many students reveal information that they were once too shy to talk about.  Food has a way of making students feel they are not in school but having dinner with family.  I’m grateful that Language Systems allows me to take the students outside of the classroom and into a different environment.  Without these trips students might not discover how similar they are even though they all come from different countries.

Tommy Munoz - TOEFL Teacher #NELA

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Clipper game with Ty!

On Monday November 30, 2015, a group of 15 students and 2 teachers from Language Systems -Orange County made the trip to the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles to see the Clippers take on the Portland Trail Blazers.  For most of the students, it was their very first NBA game. The Los Angeles Clippers ended up beating Portland 102 - 87.  

During the game we got to see some amazing slam dunks by the Clippers, including this massive dunk by #32 Blake Griffin.  We had such a great time!  The students were pretty impressed by how nice the Staples Center was and how close we felt to the court, even though we were sitting in the very last row (literally).  

It was close to Christmas too, so the area around the Staples Center had a lot of beautiful Christmas lights and other decorations that helped us all feel America's Christmas spirit.  It was such a great night!

Ty - Language Systems #OC

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thankgiving 2015


In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition traces its origins to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. In later years, the tradition was continued by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford who planned a thanksgiving celebration and feast in 1623. While initially, the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 102 colonists, the Wampanoag Native Americans helped the Pilgrims by providing seeds and teaching them to fish. The practice of holding an annual harvest festival like this did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s.

Today, Thanksgiving is an important part of American culture. Families and friends gather together to share a special meal and give thanks for their blessings. The traditional meal usually includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. As many Americans move towards a healthier lifestyle, some variations of Thanksgiving dinner can include meatless options such as a "Tofurkey," which is tofu shaped like a roast.  Americans of different backgrounds also incorporate some of the traditional foods from their cultures into their Thanksgiving customs. While no two Thanksgiving meals are alike, one thing is for certain: Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to share with family and friends!