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Language Labs T/Th

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Super Bowl Sunday

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Groundhog Day

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Peer Pressure

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Academy News Staff

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Campus Calendar

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Students Mingle at Welcome Luncheon New students arrived on campus and moved into their new rooms last week. The Language Academy staff organized two days of orientation on Wednesday and Thursday as students took a placement exam and went over the program and policies of Language Academy. They had a tour of campus and later enjoyed lunch at EVK with their PAL guides and teachers. Classes began for all students last Friday; they picked up their new schedules at Jefferson Courtyard before their first class. “What does GFS mean?” asked one new student. Each building is

identified by three letters. Knowing those letters is one of the biggest challenges of the first week. On Friday, students, staff, and teachers joined in

for lunch at Parkside Dining Hall. It was an opportunity for continuing students to see former classmates and for everyone to make new friends.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES Olvera Street and Union Station IMPORTANT!!! Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:30pm  If you take classes at the Radisson and Meet in JEF Courtyard (return by 5:30pm) stand outside to smoke, please stand further away from the door. We do Full of culture, shops and restaurants, not want to disturb other guests in the Olvera Street is a great place to see Radisson lobby. where Los Angeles began. We will also go to Union Station so you can be familiar  International Language Exchange with the major metro and train lines sign-ups are available! Please see the throughout the city and the state of CaliLanguage Academy e-newsletter for fornia! Make sure to wear comfortable more information. shoes!


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Time

11-12pm

12-1pm

Location

Monday, February 4 Description

Facilitator

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Level 1 & 2

Jackie, USC Student

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Level 3 & 4

Rachel, USC Student

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Level 5 & 6

Blaire, USC Student

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Level 1

Blaire, USC Student

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Level 2

Belen, USC Student

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Levels 3 & 4

Rachel, USC Student

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Levels 5 & 6

Luke, USC Student

IELTS Prep Lab (Levels 2 & 3)

James Hutzell, Instructor

GFS 229 GFS 229 GFS 113

GRE/GMAT (Levels 4, 5 & 6) Writing to Impress (Levels 5 & 6)

Jeminah Espinoza,

Instructor

Heather Robertson,

Instructor

Wednesday, February 6 Time

Location GFS 228

12-1pm

GFS 229 GFS 113

Description

Facilitator

Reading Power (Levels 1, 2 & 3)

Nevena Fairclough,

IELTS Prep Lab (Levels 2 & 3) Statement of Purpose (Levels 4, 5 & 6)

Instructor James Hutzell, Instructor Marisa GarciaCrocker,

Instructor

Reading Power (Levels 1-3): Do you want to become a better, faster reader? Attend this lab to get tips and tricks on how to improve your reading skills. Statement of Purpose Workshop (Levels 4-6): Learn how to write an amazing SOP for graduate school. GRE/GMAT Preparation (Levels 4-6): Find out the best ways to succeed on the new exam Writing to Impress (Levels 5-6): Impress your Language Academy teachers and your USC professors with your academic style. Learn how to use academic sources to powerfully support your ideas and enhance your scholarship. Conversation Groups: Practice speaking English by level with USC students. This is an interactive discussion in which you will participate in groups about several interesting topics. This is your opportunity to practice and to ask questions to native English speakers. To sign up, go to www.usc.edu/ langacad  Click on “Student Information”  Click on “Current Students”  Click on “Language Labs”


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Location VKC 110 GFS 220

11-12pm

GFS 212 GFS 212

12-1pm

Tuesday, February 5 Description

Facilitator

IELTS Prep Lab (Levels 2 & 3)

James Hutzell, Instructor

Statement of Purpose (Levels 4, 5 & 6)

Marisa GarciaCrocker,

GRE/GMAT (Levels 4, 5 & 6) Writing to Impress (Levels 5 & 6)

Instructor

Jeminah Espinoza,

Instructor

Heather Robertson,

Instructor

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Levels 1 & 2

Anastasia, USC Student

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Levels 3 & 4

Blaire, USC Student

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Levels 5, & 6

Rachel, USC Student

JEF Courtyard JEF Courtyard JEF Courtyard

Conversation Level 1 & 2 Conversation Level 3 & 4 Conversation Level 5 & 6

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Location

Thursday, February 7 Description

11-12pm

VKC 110

IELTS Prep Lab (Levels 2 & 3)

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Blaire, USC Student Anastasia, USC Student Rachel, USC Student

Facilitator James Hutzell, Instructor

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Reading Power (Levels 1-3): Do you want to become a better, faster reader? Attend this lab to get tips and tricks on how to improve your reading skills. Statement of Purpose Workshop (Levels 4-6): Learn how to write an amazing SOP for graduate school. IELTS Prep Lab: Learn important skills and strategies to perform well on the IELTS exam. Conversation Groups: Practice speaking English by level with USC students. This is an interactive discussion in which you will participate in groups about several interesting topics. This is your opportunity to practice and to ask questions to native English speakers. To sign up for Language Labs, go to www.usc.edu/langacad  Click on “Student Information”  Click on “Current Students”  Click on “Language Labs”


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American Culture

Super Bowl XLVII: American Football Fever By SONJA LOVELACE __________________

On Sunday, February 3, the NFL Super Bowl XLVII will be held at Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The two teams competing for the NFL championship are the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. This year’s game is especially newsworthy because the two opposing coaches are brothers. surprised about how Americans Baltimore’s John Harbaugh will indulge in the Super Bowl. Alsquare off against San Franthough it is not an official holicisco’s Jim Harbaugh. This is the day, people in the United States first time in Superbowl history consider the Super Bowl a nathat two brothers have competed tional carnival. It has developed for the NFL championship many related industries and has The following article by Sisi Lin even become a new rising indusoffers an interesting perspective try. on this very American sports As this event creates the secevent. ond-largest day for U.S. food consumption (The first is Thanksgiving), the profits for the food industry on this single day are amazSUPER BOWL: ing. People cheer, shout and cry the game, and they can A RISING INDUSTRY during eat almost everything when they _________________ watch the game. Beer, Buffalo wings, nachos, and pizza are By SISI LIN some “must have” items for the game. __________________ In addition to the national audience, countless numbers of The Super Bowl is the champiworldwide viewers also watch the onship game of the National game through television, radio, Football League. It is usually and Internet. The high audience held on the last Sunday of Janurating also attracts the investment ary or the first Sunday of Februof advertising. ary. Many international students Although commercials become who first come to U.S. may be the most annoying thing in the

break, nobody will switch the channel. Thus, the broadcasting and advertising become two important sources of income for the media. The halftime show has become another expectation for the audience during the Super Bowl. The high audience rating and the worldwide influence make the Super Bowl halftime show a significant opportunity for singers, artists, and celebrities. What they can gain from the game is not only money, but more importantly exposure, enhanced reputation, and future opportunities. Many famous stars like Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake gave unforgettable shows in the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is not only a sports game, but a flag for American culture. It enhances the development of many related industries. You can watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 3 at 3:30 p.m. on FOX News , Channel 11.


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Holidays and Traditions winter, only to leave its hole when the weather gets a little warmer.

Groundhog Day Observed on February 2 This Saturday, Americans will observe Groundhog Day. On this holiday, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, thousands of people wait for the groundhog to come out of its hole. According to the folklore, if the groundhog sees its shadow when it emerges from its hole, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If it does not see its shadow, there will be an early spring. This piece of American folklore has been traced to traditions in Northern Europe. In Germany, for

Koreans and Chinese Celebrate New Year 2013 The Year of the Snake

instance, if the hedgehog left its hole and saw its shadow, there would be a long winter. The date, February 2, typically marks the middle of winter in northern climates. Although Groundhog Day is not an official holiday, it brings some media attention to the groundhog, who burrows underground in the

Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Sunday, February 10. Look for a feature story on this holiday in next week’s TAN.

Peer Pressure By ABDULLAH ALI BIN KULAIB

hard and exercising together. If there is a student who is careless We can’t say for sure that peer with his homework, and he has a pressure always has a negative good peer who takes care of him, impact on any person’s life. It dehe might convince him to study pends on the situation of the peers; more, or maybe study with him and some of them are helpful, and they help him when he needs help. In like to do the right actions. On the another example, a peer might wants to be a member in their other hand, there are others who lend him money to keep him on the house. They push him to drink allike to do the wrong actions, and safe side and save him from stealsome of these actions may be ille- cohol, take drugs, or even force ing from other people. Good peer him to do unethical actions. Usugal. Consequently, there are two pressure is very helpful for society ally, when he is addicted to these sides to peer pressure. and the community. Negative peer pressure occurs actions, he can’t control himself In short, peers have a strong easily. Also, he might be a burden effect on the people around them. when a person’s friends or other people of their age try to persuade to society. That’s why most parents If the group is good and helpful, it them to do something that is either don’t want bad peers for their chil- will reflect on them in a positive harmful to their body or illegal. Ex- dren. way, and they will help themselves On the other hand, peer presamples include drinking alcohol, to be successful. In contrast, if the sure is not all bad. You and your group is bad, and likes to do wrong taking drugs, smoking weed, and friends can push each other into stealing. Even though the person actions, it will reflect on them to be knows that thing is bad for him, he something that will improve your careless and unsuccessful. Finally, often chooses to do it because he health and social life and make you we can’t decide which side the wants to be liked, to fit in, or to be feel good about yourself. Examples peers are on until we know how accepted. Similarly, fraternity rules include avoiding alcohol, avoiding they help each other. exert pressure on the person who drugs, respecting others, working

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USC Language Academy

Spring 2013 Staff

Rossier School of Education 950 W. Jefferson Blvd., Phone: 213-740-0080 Fax: 213-740-0088 Web: www.usc.edu/langacad Check out The Academy News online at www.usc.edu/langacad.Go to “Student Information” and then click on “The Academy News.”

The Academy News is a weekly newsletter produced by students in the Journalism Elective of the USC Language Academy. All students in the Language Academy Program are encouraged to send news stories and photos to Sonja Lovelace at slovelac@usc.edu.

Left to right: (back) Yousef Alwaseifer, Alibek Bissembayeva, Yating (Chara) He, Abdullah Bin Kolaib;(front) Assel Tasbolatova, Lora Sonbol, Xiawen (Sharon) Liang. These students are enrolled in the Journalism Elective this semester.

Campus Calendar: February 1-8 a.m. USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP, http://webapp.usc.edu/ws/eo2/calendar/32/ event/898609 Reception to follow.

MUSIC Faculty Recital with Lucinda Carver Tuesday, February 5: 7:30 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall

FACE: A Performance by Haerry Kim

Based on testimonies of Korean comfort women, FACE is a powerful onewoman show about a rural girl who survived two wars. Written and performed by Haerry Kim, FACE elegantly reveals suppressed histories and creates a space for reclaiming memories

Friday, February 8: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

SPORTS

Free

Keyboard Studies, Conducting and Early Music faculty Lucinda Carver performs a recital of works by Scarlatti, Couperin, Brahms and Schubert on piano and harpsichord.

THEATER

24th Street Theatre 1117 24th Street, Los Angeles Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at the links below beginning Thursday, January 17, at 9

Basketball USC vs. Washington State Thursday, Feb. 7: 8:30 p.m. Galen Center

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