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Martin Luther King Jr.: Champion of Civil Rights and Workers Martin Luther King Jr. is best known as a champion for the civil rights of minorities. But he also worked tirelessly for workers‟ rights, which he saw as an essential force for eradicating poverty and economic injustice. In a speech delivered in 1965, King said: “The labor movement [in the United States] was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, government relief for the destitute, and above all new wage levels that meant not mere survival, but a tolerable life.” King‟s life and work is remembered in the United States on the third Monday of January each year with a federal holiday that calls upon Americans not to take a day of rest, but to devote their time and effort to community service. King once said: “Life‟s most persistent and urgent question is: „What are you doing for others?‟” Each year, Americans attempt to answer that question by volunteering for a wide range of activities such as fundraising for charities and collecting and distributing food to the needy. (This is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: index.html) Read more: inbrief/2011/12/20111220113754enaj0.2517359.html#ixzz1mNwOPXfg

January 2012



Reading Club members learned about two preominent Americans: Benjamin Franklin ays and Elvis Presley during the January meetings at the AC. The club moderator was Ricardo Mendieta, BNC faculty member who joined 11 participants of the club.

On January 19th, 2012 AC Coodinator set up an info stand at the Academic Fair for the English Access Program students held in Managua. All English Access students learned about the AC services and resources and received AC promotional items, handouts and promo flyers about the eLibraryUSA electronic resources for ELLs.

eLibraryUSA: A World of Knowledge at Your Fingertips

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American Corner Nicaragua in coordination with the U.S. Embassy English Language program coordinator organized a viewing party for TEFLs at the AC host library. The webinar is the first of a series organized by the ECA’s English Teaching Programs and AC Nicaragua will be hosting it thru the month of March. A group of 17 teachers attended the first session and committed to attend the other sessions.

Webinar 1 The Musical Classroom: Teaching English with Tunes Presenters: Jenny Hodgson & Kelly Odhuu

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 1:00-2:30pm EST

Webinar 2 Towards a Pedagogy of Peace Martin Anderson

Wednesday February 1st. 2012 12:00-2:30pm EST

Webinar 3 Large Classes: Tips & Techniques for Teachers Christina Chandler

Wednesday February 15th, 2012 12:00-2:30pm EST

Webinar 4 Pharasal Verbs: Why we have them and how to teach them Kevin McCaughey

Wednesday February 29th, 2012 12:00-2:30pm EST

Webinar 5 50 years of English Teaching Forum: Teachers collaborating Worldwide Presenters: The Office of English Language Programs

Wednesday March 14th, 2012 12:00-2:30pm EST

Location: American Corner – Biblioteca del Banco Central – Km 7 Carretera Sur.

January 2012



MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S LIFE AND WORK REMEMBERED On January 26, 28 and 29, 2012 American Corner and the BNC academic department screened the documentary “America beyond the color line” for the 75 ELLs enrolled on the intermediate courses at the BNC. After the screening Julio Gutierrez, BNC teacher moderated a discussion about the documentary theme: the civil right movements and civic activism.

On January 28th, AC and the Binational Center invited a class to the BNC’s celebration of “National Popcorn Day”. Ms. Yariela Cantarero, BNC teacher talked to 45 students about the story of the popular snack and showed a documentary on How to make popcorn!!!

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Centro Cultural Nicaragüense Norteamericano, is a non-profit organiza-tion whose purpose is to promote understanding and cultural interchange between Nicaragua and the United States through the teaching of both languages, English and Spanish, as well as the implementation of cultural events .

It’s a lending Library Open to the Public, English Teachers and English Learners. The library offers TEFL’s Resource Center, Reference Books, Kid’s Corner, U.S. Literature, Computers with internet connection, research assistance.

Centro Cultural Nicaraguense Norteamericano. Rept Los Robles No. 13. Alke 1 c. abajo, 20 mts. al sur. Managua Phone: 22781288 ext. 115 ó 22781277


American Corner is a Library from the US Embassy in Managua, Binational Center and Central Bank Library


American Corner is a Library from the US Embassy in Managua, Binational Center and Central Bank Library