The new year has started meaning it is time to set some goals and think about what we want to achieve in 2021! 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.
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.
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.
This blog will look at different ways you can celebrate Halloween in 2020 either at home, or at attractions that have already reopened. By the end of this article you will be ready to plan for a fun, action-packed and safe Halloween!
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.
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.
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 Beach. Here are a few things that our students tell us make Miami Beach 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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