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 Who’s birthday is it? Find out on p. 4.

 Do you want a con-

Welcome Picnic: Breaking the Ice as Temperatures Rise

versation exchange with a USCV student? See the announcement on p. 4

 If you want a driver’s license, there are useful tips on p. 5

 Try the California Quiz on p. 5

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Activities

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The first week of classes are always full of confusion and excitement. Students moved into their dorm rooms and met their roommates for the first time. They got their USC ID and their email account. They met their teachers and picked up the textbooks. After two days of orientation for new students, classes began on Thursday. Friday after Oral Skills class, everyone—students, staff, and teachers—gathered in the Jefferson Courtyard for a Welcome Picnic. It was HOT!!! Temperatures were in the 90s, and someone even said that it reached 100 degrees that day. Everybody tried to find a little bit of shade as they had

their box lunch. Later, several students introduced themselves to other new students and interviewed them for Oral Skills class.

The Welcome Picnic was a good way to break the ice and meet new people from different countries.

ments Driver’s

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License Tap Water in

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Los Angeles California

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Quiz Calendar of Events

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UPCOMING ACTIVITIES USC vs. CAL Football Game TIME CHANGE Saturday, September 22, 2012 1:30pm—7:30pm, meet at JEF Join Blaire and Jackie in the excitement of the second Trojan home game at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Bring a hat and sun block as this is an outdoor event. See you at 1:30pm on Saturday!

Venice Beach Friday, September 28, 2012 12:30PM-6:00PM, meet at JEF Venice Beach is an iconic Californian destination lined with art vendors, beach activities and diversity. It is bound to be a very memorable experience for your time in Los Angeles! Sign-up this Friday at JEF. This activity is FREE!


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Monday, September 24, 2012 Time

Location JEF 124 DRB 265

11-12pm

12-1pm

1:302:30pm

Description Writing to Impress (Levels 5-6) GRE/GMAT (Levels 4-6)

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Level 1 & 2

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Level 3 & 4

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Level 5, 6 & 7

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Level 1, 2 & 3

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Level 4, 5, 6 & 7

VKC 202 THH B10

Statement of Purpose (Levels 4-6) Writing to Impress (Levels 5-6)

Facilitator Heather James Jackie Luke C. Rachel Jackie Luke C. Marisa Heather

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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. 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.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Time

11-12pm

12-1pm

1:302:30pm

Location

Description

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Level 1, 2 & 3

JEF Courtyard

Conversation Level 4, 5, 6 & 7

JEF Courtyard JEF Courtyard THH B10 VKC 202

Conversation Level 1, 2 & 3 Conversation Level 4, 5, 6 & 7 Reading Power (Levels 1-3) GRE/GMAT (Levels 4-6)

Facilitator Rachel Luke C. Joyce Luke C. Diana James

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 JEF 124

11-12pm

12-1pm

JEF Courtyard JEF Courtyard JEF Courtyard JEF Courtyard JEF Courtyard JEF 124 JEF Courtyard JEF Courtyard JEF Courtyard JEF Courtyard

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Description Statement of Purpose (Levels 4-6) Conversation Level 1 Conversation Level 2 Conversation Level 3 Conversation Level 4 Conversation Level 5, 6 & 7 Reading Power (Levels 1-3) Conversation Level 1, 2 Conversation Level 3 Conversation Level 4 Conversation Level 5, 6 & 7

Facilitator Marisa Blaire Zennia Anastasia Megan Luke P. Marilyn Blaire Zennia Anastasia Luke P.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 Time

11-12pm

12-1pm

Location

Description

Facilitator

JEF 124

Statement of Purpose (Levels 4-6)

Jeminah

JEF Courtyard JEF Courtyard JEF Courtyard JEF Courtyard

Conversation Level 5, 6 & 7

JEF 124

Speak English Fluently

JEF Courtyard JEF Courtyard JEF Courtyard JEF Courtyard

Conversation Level 1, 2 Conversation Level 3 Conversation Level 4

Conversation Level 1, 2 Conversation Level 3 Conversation Level 4 Conversation Level 5, 6 & 7

Luke P. Zennia Megan Blaire Marilyn Luke P. Zennia Anastasia Blaire

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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. Speak English Fluently (Level 1-3): KNOW THE CODE! Maybe you can speak some English, but when you hear Americans talking socially, they use different English. This language lab will give you everyday English phrases so you can understand what Americans are saying, answer quickly, and make new friends. 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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International Language Exchange

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! Some of the Language Academy students have celebrated their birthdays since the beginning of the term. Others are celebrating this week. Do you see any of your friends? 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 22 25 26 27

Do you want to practice English with a USC student native speaker? USC students also want to practice speaking in your language! You can get language lab participation credit for having a conversation partner. MONDAY is the LAST DAY to sign-up at the Language Academy front desk (JEF). Let's see if you are a lucky winner and get a partner!

Kuan Chen Chen Filippo Doni Ali Asay Almuzaini Samar Sami Alsaggaf Woowhuk Choi Amir Mohammed Banjer Jing Yao Yulun Kuo Fahad Alomaym Sultan Ayidh Al Rasheedi Hirata Hideaki Eun Rung Lee

Around the World at Language Academy Nineteen countries are represented at Language Academy this fall semester. Although the largest groups are from China and Saudi Arabia, many other students come from a diversity of nations. The pie chart below shows the different cultures that make up the Language Academy student profile.

Welcome

Kazakhstan, 6

Uzbekistan, 1

Pakistan, 1

Velkommen Bienvenue Bienvenidos Benvenuti Bem-vindo 歡迎 환영 ようこそ ยินดีต้อนรับ Қош келдіңіз! Xush kelibsiz ‫مرحبا بكم‬ Добро пожаловать

Iraq, 1 Kuwait, 17

China, 83

Saudi Arabia, 93 Hong Kong, 1 Turkey, 1

Taiwan, 25

Courtesy of Google Translate Colombia, 1 Venezuela, 1

USA, 2

South Japan, Korea, 19 13 Thailand, 3

Vietnam, 2

Italy, 1 France, 1


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you think. It is a necessary step to review the driver’s handbook before you A Smart Way to Get take the test. The driver’s handbook is written in several lana Driver’s License guages, and you can find one written in your language and read it. A driver’s license is the second Finally, you should find a coach ID which you can use instead of to help you, or your friends who your passport for international students in California. If you don’t already got the driver’s license to tell you the details about traffic have any experience driving, or rules. When you think you are you have never tried to get the ready to take test, so just do it. I driver’s license before but were not successful, I will show you an hope you will get the driver’s lieasy way to get a driver’s license. cense. Best wishes to you. First and foremost, the place _________________________ where you take the test is very important. Maybe you will choose Jaehyun Shin the downtown LA DMV because of the short distance. More often Be Careful When You than not, there are fewer people who pass the driving tests there. Drink Tap Water in LA The examiners there are stricter than others. So, choosing some Saving money must be one of other place will be better for you. the most important issues for LanIn addition, if you feel nervous guage Academy students. Howduring the driving test, you can ever, if you drink tap water in Los talk to the examiner and share Angeles, you should think twice your funny stories about your before you do so. country. You will do better than Have you seen your frying pans, pots and sink that were with white stains after cooking? Those white particles are calcium carbonate (CaCO3), which is the main component of eggshells. Water contains a lot of dissolved calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate minerals called "Hard water", and when the hard water is heated, those minerals will turn into calcium car-

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2. California became a state in —. A. 1803

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3. The capital of California is —. A. Sacramento B. San Francisco C. Los Angeles 4. The governor of the state is —. A. Antonio Villaraigosa B. Arnold Schwarzenegger C. Jerry Brown

5. California is called —. A. The Sunshine State B. The Golden State C. The Orange State 6. The population of California is—. A. 25 million B. 37 million C. 75 million

Answers to “California Quiz” 1. C 2. C 3. A 4. C 5. B 6. B

California Quiz

1. When the Europeans came to America, California was first settled by the —. A. English B. French C. Spanish

bonate. Although hard water is considered healthier to drink than soft water, the problem is that Los Angeles is one of the areas in United States with the hardest water. Of course, if you are healthy enough and get used to hard water, it will not be a problem because your diet and drinking habits are adapted to hard water, just like other Southern Californians. However, if you are from other countries with a lower hardness rate, drinking tap water in L.A. can cause a bad stomachache and kidney stones. How can these problems be prevented? The easiest way is to spend more money for water. Almost every brand of mineral water has removed calcium carbonate because of its taste. It only costs $3 ~ $4 for 24 bottles in the markets near USC. You can also use filters to purify water. It costs $20 for a water filter. Boiling water can be a solution, too. Just boil the water before drinking it. Then the hardness of tap water will be reduced.


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Events Calendar: September 21-28 MUSIC

Ndugu Chancler: 60 Years of Life and Music Sunday, September 23, 3:00pm Bovard Auditorium Admission is free. Seating is general admission. Reservations required. To RSVP, click on the links below beginning Friday, August 31, at 9 a.m. Though best known as the drummer on the Michael Jackson hit “Billie Jean,”

Ndugu Chancler has played a key role in jazz and popular music for the past 60 years. Chancler will share his life and music in an afternoon of video, performances by Thornton students and presentations by select musicians. USC Students, Staff and Faculty: https://www.usc.edu/dept/pubrel/ visionsandvoices/RSVP/reserve.php? RSVPEvtCode=361

FREE EVENTS

Enjoy free events on campus during the semester. Please go to the Arts and Events Calendar for more details at http://webapp.usc.edu/ws/eo2/calendar/32/

PUBLIC LECTURE Gary Snyder: A Conversation on Transpacific Buddhism, Ecology, and Poetry Monday, September 24: 7:00pm to 9:00pm Doheny Memorial Library 240 Free Gary Snyder is a Pulitzer Prize–winning poet with a radical vision that integrates Zen Buddhism, American Indian practices and ecological thinking. This evening event will be an opportunity to engage Snyder about his experiences as a poet in the United States, his time as a Zen monk in Japan, and the impact of his thinking on social and ecological issues in American society.

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The Academy News - September 21, 2012  

In this issue: language labs schedule, smart way to get a driver's license, LA tap water & more!

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