The new year has started meaning it is time to set some goals and think about what we want to achieve in 2022! This blog is going to look at setting goals to help you achieve your English learning and education-focused goals. But first, it is important that we talk about what goals are and how to set them.
The pandemic meant huge adjustments for us all. Students wanting to live their dream of studying abroad found this time very challenging and many had to adapt or change their plans to fit with Covid regulations and travel restrictions. To help these students, the United States allowed some flexibility to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
Applying to an American college or university is a dream for many students. A college degreecan change your life and picking the right one is crucial to your future success
Immerse yourself in the grandeur of nature's spectacle and further your language skills with Zoni's unique field trip experience. We are thrilled to announce our upcoming Field Trip to the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls.
Picnics are a fun way to spend time with your family and friends! They are also a great way to spend time outdoors and relax doing activities you enjoy! There are no strict rules for what a picnic is: generally speaking, as long as there is food and drinks that you eat, it can be classed as a picnic! The vast majority of picnics happen outside, but in cases of bad weather (or if it is too hot to be out), picnics can also happen inside.
Since 1977 the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has organized International MuseumDay (IMD) held on (or around) May 18 each year. The objective of this day is to raise awareness about museums and their role in our cultures and lives.
Offering students amazing activities and excursions is something that is very important to us. We want to help our students have experiences they wouldn’t usually have and create memories that they will cherish for the rest of their lives! One such experience was our very special VIP Tour to Disney World and Universal Studios in Florida held from March 22 – 26.
On March 25 each year we celebrate a very interesting day: National Tolkien Reading Day. Many people have not yet heard of this day, but for those who are fans of Tolkien’s works, this is a day to spend time reading some of their favorite books and watching many films based on his stories.
Many Spanish speaking people find it hard to pronounce some letters when they speak English. If you are one of them, don’t worry! We have got you covered. Here are some simple tips to help you learn how to pronounce English words correctly.
On February 14 many people around the world celebrated Valentine’s Day. In some countries, Valentine’s Day is only for lovers. However, in the United States Valentine’s Day is about celebrating all the different kinds of ‘love’ and appreciation we have for the people in our lives! It is not unusual for friends to exchange cards or small gifts (or these days to send each other a funny meme). Some people will even give chocolates or something small to their doormen, superintendent or to anyone that makes their life – even in a small way – better.
Martin Luther King once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” So, it is only fitting that February - a month that celebrates love, is also celebrated as the Black history month. This is the perfect month to remember the history of this title and the story behind it. Besides, if you are planning on visiting the USA to study, why not learn more about the history of the country?
In 2023, January 16th was a very important American holiday. On this day we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr (MLK) Day! Although you probably know a little bit about Martin Luther King Jr, you may not know why we celebrate his birthday on the third Monday of January and how learning about his iconic speeches can help you to practice your English and understand American culture. In this blog we are going to discover all about Martin Luther King Jr and the impact he continues to have on people today.
Time has flown again this year and soon both Christmas and New Year will be upon us! It is an exciting time of the year and although not everyone celebrates Christmas, in the United States it is difficult to avoid – Christmas is everywhere!
In this holiday blog we will talk about American Christmas traditions, New Year’s Eve, and the famous ball-drop at Times Square, and finally what you can expect at Zoni over the coming weeks.
Back in 2019 there were over 6 million international students studying around the world. Although the pandemic caused this number to decrease, international students are still a very important part of our global society.
An international student is defined by UNESCO as “a person that has left their country of origin and moved to another country with the singular objective of studying”. In the United States it is described as “non-immigrant visitors who come to the US temporarily to take classes”. Most international students return to their home country at the end of their study; however, many international students find jobs and transition to work visas and finally residency.
Does learning a new language intimidate you? Well, you aren’t alone! Many people that begin learning a new language can find this process difficult or scary. The best thing to do in this scenario is to hold onto your motivation for learning the language and then put in consistent efforts.
Here’s why you should learn English:
Did you know that English is the most spoken language all over the globe? Research showed that about 1.35 million population across the world now speaks English. Therefore, you will be able to communicate with people from different cultures, simply by learning this one language.
Did you know that since 2006 October is known as Bilingual Child Month? There are millions of bilingual people in the United States and of these people, a large portion are children. Language and culture are closely connected, meaning bilingual children help to keep customs and traditions, as well as language alive for future generations. In this blog we will learn about Bilingual Child Month, how to become bilingual and how we can celebrate this special month.
Bilingual Child Month is a time to celebrate children who speak two (or more) languages. Maybe you were a bilingual child? Or perhaps your children are bilingual? Or maybe your future children will be?
Having a different first language can be challenging when you want to learn English. Fortunately learning English as a second language also comes with benefits. This means all the effort you put in learning it, will reward you back tenfold!
Here are some challenges English learning challenges students face when English is their second language:
As a beginner, it can be incredibly unnerving to speak words that sound odd and typically don’t make sense to you. This can quickly develop into a fear that turns you into one self-conscious, shy person. Try these steps to overcome this.
Have you ever been to Washington DC? We have! On 25th August, 440 Zoni students traveled to our nation’s capital for a day of history, culture, and lots of English! This wasn’t the first time Zoni has taken a field trip to DC. It is such an important location in the history of the United States that we take students there annually.
Washington DC is not far from New York taking roughly four and a half hours by bus. Although we set off early, the bus ride is always fun. It is a great opportunity for students from different classes and campuses to get to know each other and break the ice.
Once there, students had an exciting day including a tour, lunch and visits to various monuments and sites.
After a long, hot summer vacation, it is time for students to head back to school! Going back to school is a big deal – not just for students but for parents as well. It is a very exciting time; most students will find themselves in a new grade, a new class and maybe even a new school. For language school students, back to school might seem like a weird concept because you do not have long summer holidays! However, back to school is about more than actually going back to school. It is an American tradition! In this blog we will look at what happens during the ‘back to school’ period and look at a few fun traditions for kids and adults! After that we will look at things going on at Zoni in the Fall.
Niagara Falls is an incredible place! Did you know that it isn’t just one waterfall? In fact, there are three waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls in Canada and the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls in the United States. Together they are known as the ‘Niagara Falls’. Horseshoe Falls sits on the border between the two countries, making it one of the most beautiful international crossings in the world! Altogether, 3 160 tons of water flows over Niagara Falls every second.
Summer is here and for the first time in a long while we can enjoy a full selection of activities! There are so many amazing ways to make the most of the warm weather, that we wanted to share our favorite free, cheap, and unmissable activities in New York, New Jersey, and Miami with you!
Memorial Day began as a very somber (quiet and thoughtful) day of remembrance, but over time it has evolved into the unofficial start of Summer with people enjoying typical summer activities for the first time in the year.
Now that the pandemic is coming to an end, it is time to shake off the negativity and smile! There is an old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine” and we happen to think this is true. Humor and laughter are important parts of our mental wellbeing as well as helping us to make friends and understand culture.
It's the time of the year when we say ‘goodbye’ to the Winter and cold weather and welcome the Spring! As the days get longer and the trees get their new leaves it is time to plan ahead and check out our summer camps. Zoni Manhattan (NYC) or Zoni Miami Beach can offer you an exciting summer program on request. Both campuses provide incredible summer experiences, and we are already expecting groups from Europe to enjoy their tailor-made summer camps! Why not join us for your very own summer adventure?
Newark is a very interesting city! In this blog we will introduce you to some of the things that make it a special place to live and study, including things to do, places to visit and give you a glimpse into the vibrant Brazilian community. But first, let’s talk a little about our campus and what you can study there!
Did you know that January 25th is National Florida Day? It commemorates Florida becoming the 27th state of the United States of America. There is a lot to love about Florida – we even have a Zoni campus in Miami! So, let’s discover a little more about the Sunshine State! In this blog we will cover a bit of Florida’s interesting history, what Florida is best known for, why it is called the Sunshine State, and we will introduce you to beautiful South Beach and our school.
2021 is coming to an end. But before we say goodbye to another year, we have some very exciting news to share! After two decades our Manhattan campus has moved to a new location! As of December 1st, Zoni Manhattan opened its doors at 535 8th Avenue! Our new campus entrance and Admissions Department are on the ground floor making it easy for students to find us and get the assistance they need.
535 8th Ave, New York NY 10018
We will continue to offer great service and provide excellent English Programs!
Fall is many people’s favorite time of year! The leaves change color, the days are cooler, pumpkin spice and other Fall treats are everywhere AND then there is Thanksgiving! There is a lot to love about Fall. In this blog we will look at some of the best ways to enjoy Fall in and around New York, as well as reminding you about Thanksgiving traditions that you can follow as well.
The internet plays a huge role in our daily lives. Whether we are at home, school or at work, the internet is always needed in some way! In fact, the internet has become so important that it even has its own day! October 29th is International Internet Day. On this day we celebrate the role of the internet in our society.
What goes on at an American Football Game?
Alongside baseball American Football is one of the most beloved sports in the United States. Although in recent years it has become more popular internationally, football is still a very American pastime.
We can all agree that 2020 was a difficult year. People all over the world have struggled through the pandemic, travel was stopped, and we were even forbidden from living our normal, everyday lives, including going to school. But despite all of the obstacles, Zoni has managed to achieve some wonderful milestones thanks to the dedicated staff, teachers and students! So, let's end the year positively as we look back on the good parts of 2020.
Join our Field Trip to Washington DC!
Each year around June one of the highlights of the Zoni activity calendar takes place – The Washington D.C Field Trip. Many of our students look forward to this all year. Anyone who has seen previous years’ photos would have seen just how much fun this field trip is. This blog post will give you all the information you need to join in, as well as, a little bit of history for places you will visit in D.C.
When you study with Zoni you are not just getting English lessons – even in a pandemic we are focused on giving students an insight into culture, exposing them to different perspectives and most of all, giving them a sense of community.
At Zoni, we have a student-centered approach to teaching. Since 1991, Hundreds of thousands of students have studied English at our school. Our goal is to help you master writing, reading, speaking and listening. To achieve this our curriculum combines a range of learning techniques not only keeping things interesting but also to make sure that different learning styles are catered for. We want our classes to be for everyone!
Read about the experiences of two Zoni students learning English during Covid-19.
We are happy to announce that on August 24, 2020 all Zoni campuses reopened for in-person classes. At the same time, our virtual program is still available for students enrolled in a VPP only course and for other students in special circumstances.
To keep our students, teachers and staff safe, we have implemented a number of health and hygiene practices. All of these measures comply with what is recommended by the Centre of Disease Control (CDC) and we ask that everyone does their best to follow the rules.
Even though Zoni campuses have been closed in order to keep you safe from Covid-19, exciting things have been happening! Not only did we celebrate 29 years of Zoni Language Centers, two of our campuses, Brooklyn and Passaic have been certified by SEVP. This blog post will explain what that means, the things these campuses can offer as a result of their SEVP approval, and finally will give you some information about the campuses, the surrounding areas and why you should study there.
The past few months have been tough for everyone, but particularly for students far from their families and distanced from their friends and classmates. In this blog we take a look back at 2019 and remember all the interesting, exciting and fun things that we did. Then, we will check in on how students are doing learning virtually while campuses are shut. We will look at some of the difficulties faced and how Zoni helped students to overcome these issues. And finally, we will look to the future and some of the things we can look forward to.
Each year on the second Sunday of May we celebrate Mother’s Day and at Zoni, Teachers’ Appreciation Day. On this day we honor the mother-figures in our lives. Do you know how Mother’s Day began? The history of this special day can be traced back to ancient times, however, the holiday we know and celebrate these days is much newer! This blog post takes a look at the history of Mother’s Day, how it is celebrated in the United States and also, how and when it is celebrated in other countries.
Virtual Presence Program (VPP) is a virtual English program offered via the internet. The classes are delivered live with interactive relevant lessons. It provides access to resources and program, facilitated by wonderful teachers. You can socialize with your classmates and make friends with, in a virtual classroom experience.
International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women’s empowerment. Not just the amazing women who have fought for women’s rights and equality, but all women and how they contribute to our societies. This year, the theme is “Each for Equal” and reflects the need for gender equality in all areas of life. In this blog post we will look at the history of International Women’s Day, talk about why it is important, take a quick look at female role models for English learners and talk about how you can share in this day!
Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on February 14. When we think about Valentine’s Day, we think of love and romance, of roses and chocolates and restaurants filled with couples. But did you know that over the years Valentine’s Day has gone through some very drastic changes? In this blog post we will look at how Valentine’s Day started, how it has evolved, differences around the world and finally how Zoni celebrates this special day!
The new year has started which means many people use this time to make “New Year’s Resolutions”. Often you hear people say, “My New Year's resolution is to eat healthily” or “to get fit” or “stop smoking” or for many students “to improve my English!”. In this blog post we will focus on improving your English and discuss ways to set goals, how to stay motivated and of course give you some tips and tricks to help you get there!.
The holiday season is here! Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas, December is a busy month for American holidays! In this blog post we will look at the main holidays celebrated in the United States, compare Christmas in New York and Christmas in Miami, reflect on the Zoni Christmas party and look forward to New Year’s Eve!
As November comes to an end, it is time to celebrate one of the most beloved American holidays, Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving always occurs on the last Thursday of November. This Zoni Blog is a Thanksgiving Guide for Students! We will explain what Thanksgiving is; how it started and how it is celebrated. We will also look at how it has changed, give you tips for creating your own memorable celebration and tell you all you need to know about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. So, let’s start at the beginning.
Although most people have heard of Halloween celebrations in the United States are really something special! At the end of October students studying at Zoni have the chance to experience one of the most fun holidays of the year! In this blog post we look at how to celebrate Halloween, its origins, where did it come from and how did it become so popular in the United States? Then we will tell you everything you need to know about West Village Halloween parade in Manhattan. Finally, we look at Halloween at Zoni and how you can join in!
It’s September and fall is fast approaching and although some days are still warm enough for T-shirts you would have noticed subtle changes beginning to take place. Officially fall begins on September 23rd – the fall equinox but that doesn’t mean you can’t already start enjoying American fall traditions.
Summer is here and with the warm weather comes with many amazing outdoor activities! Even better, most of these activities are free or cost very little. In this blog post we look at some of the different summer activities for students and how you can spend your free time after class.
Summer in New York is always fun. New York is committed to offering a range of different recreational and cultural events absolutely free!
The Fourth of July or Independence Day is not only historically important, it is also one of the biggest and most fun holidays of the year. This blog post begins with a brief introduction to the history of Independence Day. After that, we look at how it is celebrated across the United States of America. Finally, and most importantly, we give you information about some of the exciting activities going on around New York, like the Macy’s Fireworks display or the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating contest.
Teachers have a huge impact on our lives. In the United States if you go to school from PreK until 12th Grade (and attended most days), you would have spent approximately 16,380 hours in class by the time you graduate. That is a lot of time spent with your teachers.
Zoni recognizes the great efforts and patience of our wonderful teachers.
Earth Day is celebrated around the world by more than a billion people each year. It is the largest non-religious international day of observance. However, Earth Day was not always popular. Earth Day is a relatively new holiday, one that in the span of almost 50 years has grown in importance and ability to affect change. In this blog post we will talk about how Earth Day began, why we celebrate it and how you can get involved.
As March 17 approaches you may have noticed new decorations in shop windows – shamrocks (3-leaf clover), leprechauns and pots of gold. You may have also noticed that everything seems to be turning green! Not with envy, but in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. Most people have heard of St Patrick and know he has something to do with Ireland. But do you actually know what makes him so special? In this Blog post learn who he was, what he did and how you can join in the fun!
The summer is fast approaching, and it is important that you protect yourself from harmful sun rays and dehydration. Here are a few pointers on how to beat the heat and have a safe, healthy, and fun summer.
Tips: Use sunscreen before spending large amounts of time outside, even if you are not in the sun. Wear comfortable and light clothing to avoid heat exhaustion.
There are so many reasons for studying in Miami. Here are a few things that our students tell us make Miami the perfect place to live and learn!
The Weather- Miami averages an annual temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit with the majority of days having sunshine. The city is also known for its world-famous beaches.
There are so many things to do in Manhattan! Here are our 7 top free-time activities according to our students, teachers and staff.
Whether enjoying fresh food from locally sourced farms, camping out for Shakespeare in the park, and cooling off, Central Park is the best place to enjoy the metropolitan city of Manhattan.
Listening to music or watching a video on YouTube are great ways to improve your accent. Find a video or song that has the accent you want to speak with. Try mimicking the accent as much as possible in your free time.
Do you have a teen that wants to learn English? Zoni Language Centers offers an amazing Summer Teen Program that caters especially to the learning styles of teenagers. In this Blog post we give you a few reasons why our Summer Teen Program is right for your child.
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