A site for International Students and Scholars: University of Penn and Drexel: Philadelphia
IMPROVE IN: AMERICAN SOCIAL SKILLS, IDIOMS, GRAMMAR, PRONUNCIATION, UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN CULTURE
FALL 2015 ENGLISH CHATS and BIBLE DISCUSSIONS
and LOTS OF FUN STUFF
View our Conversation Groups and Events Calendar
and LOTS OF FUN STUFF
View our Conversation Groups and Events Calendar
Intercultural Friends** offers free classes & discussions which will begin Wed. 8/31/15 but will have NO CLASS on Monday SEPT. 7. The following Free English classes are for any International student, researcher, or his/her family member. Bible Discussions are for Internationals from any faith or cultural background and are usually multi-national. English Bibles or texts are provided for all participants. Although participants can benefit most from attending all classes throughout the semester, new students are welcome to join at any time during the semester. You are welcome to forward this to other new students or scholars that you might know.
4:00-5:00 PM; English Class; email@example.com ; Idioms in Current News Stories; Graduate Student Center 3615 Locust Walk 2nd floor conference room ; Call: Roger 215.964.3563
5:00-6:00 PM; Bible Discussion; firstname.lastname@example.org : Art and the Bible: Compare Famous Paintings and the Biblical stories that inspired them; Graduate Student Center 3615 Locust Walk 2nd floor conference room; Call; Sarah 215-300-2164
6:00-7:00 PM; English Class; email@example.com ; Individualized Pronunciation tutoring through reading “This Date in History”; Graduate Student Center 3615 Locust Walk 2nd floor conference room
Tuesdays - rooms vary each week
5:30-6:30PM; English chats firstname.lastname@example.org ; Chats & light dinner with Americans: special tutoring for any children with their parents RSVP if bringing children Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. ROOMS VARY 9/1,9/8.9/15 Rm 218 … 9/22 Rm 223 … 9/29 Rm 311 … 10/6 Rm 223 … 10/13.10/20,10/27 Rm 218 … 11/3,11/17 Rm 223 … 11/24,12/1,12/8 Rm 218 Call ; Roger 215-964-3563
7:30-8:45pm; Bible Discussions with creative illustrations: email@example.com Parables Illustrated – Inspirational Stories that Jesus Told; Discussion & your insights encouraged; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. ROOMS VARY … 9/1,9/8.9/15 Rm 218 … 9/22 Rm 223 … 9/29 Rm 311 … 10/6 Rm 223 … 10/13.10/20,10/27 Rm 218 … 11/3,11/17 Rm 223 … 11/24,12/1,12/8 Rm 218
Call ; Roger 215-964-3563
12:00-1:15 PM; English Class: firstname.lastname@example.org ; American Culture & Vocabulary; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 301; Call Sarah: 215.300.2164
1:30 PM-2:30 PM; Bible Discussion; email@example.com ; Compare Bible stories to Everyday life; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 301; Call Sarah 215.300.2164
7:30-9 PM; Penn Graduate Christian Fellowship (PGCF) firstname.lastname@example.org (variety of formats); Houston Hall room 314 http://dolphin.upenn.edu/pgcf/
Other English classes and Bible Discussions sponsored by friends of “Intercultural Friends”
2:30-5:00 P.M. Slanguage - American slang Contact: Bill Kelly WJKAJWK@cs.comat the “Christian Association”, 118 S. 37th St.
7:00-8:30 PM; English Class email@example.com ; 4501 Walnut St.. Call Helen: 215.779.8396
7:00 - 8:00 P.M; English Classes; 8:00-9:00 P.M. Bible Discussion Tif@tenth.org ; Tenth Presbyterian Church 17th St. & Spruce St.
6:30-9:00 P.M. Dinner, Bible discussion & singing in Chinese or English For locations Call: Helen Liang 215.779.8396
9:30-10:45 AM English Class: 11:00 AM International Worship Tif@tenth.org ; Tenth Presbyterian Church 17th St. & Spruce St.
10:00 AM Christian Worship Service in Mandarin: Helen Liang 215.779.8396 www.ccccuc.org ; 4501 Walnut St.
INTERCULTURAL FRIENDS SOCIAL EVENTS FALL 2015
Details for each event are listed below
Sat. 9/12 Used furniture, etc. sale Hamilton St. 34th-38th St.9a-3p
Sat. 9/19 Walking tour; historical Philly/miniature golf; 2-7 pm
Fri. 10/2 Discussion “Finding Purpose and Meaning in Your Graduate Studies and Career”” 7:30-9:00pm
Sat. 10/3 Visit Corn Maze in countryside 3:30-9:30pm Must RSVP
Fri. 10/9 Potluck & games 6pm
Sat.10/17 Lancaster & Amish community tour 9:30am-7pm Must RSVP
Sat.10/31 Pumpkin Carving (4pm) & Traditional Halloween candy-giving (5:30pm) & “Luther” Movie (7:30pm)
Tues. 11/10 Potluck & movie night 5:30-10pm
Thu.11/26 Thanksgiving with Americans Must RSVP
December Dates T.B.A. - Christmas Concert: Choir and Orchestra,; Live Nativity; Christmas tree decorating & Traditional Christmas Caroling
Scroll down for more details on each event
Sat. Sept. 12: 9am-3pm: Hamilton Street porch sale HUGE (hundreds) used furniture, kitchen supplies, etc. sale:
St. on every block from 34th St. to 38th St. (about 5 blocks north of Market St.) - look
for Roger & Sarah near 37th
Sat. 9/19; 2:00-7:30pm; Walking Tour of Historic Philadelphia & Miniature Golf
WHAT Join American and international students for a walking tour of historic Philadelphia & Penn’s Landing; At 2:00 PM, we will meet outside of the Penn Book Store (
St. & Walnut St.) optional meet at 8th
& Market St.
at 2:40pm. We will take SEPTA to the historic area of . Bring
tokens to ride SEPTA. Longtime Philadelphia resident will give you a
walking tour which will include pointing our some interesting museums, seeing
the location of the Liberty Bell, signing of Declaration of Independence &
U.S. Constitution, etc., see where George Washington attended church, etc.
and Penn’s Landing (original Philadelphia port). We will end at Franklin
Square ( Philadelphia 6th St.
& Race St.) at about 5pm. Then we
can eat dinner together (maybe cheese steaks)
You can either go home then or from 5-7pm, play miniature golf at
Franklin Square ($8 for adults) For more information, see http://historicphiladelphia.org/day/franklin-square/
WHEN: meet at 2:00 PM - return home by yourself at anytime or about 7:30pm after miniature golf
WHERE: meet outside Penn Book Store (36th &
Walnut St.) - take SEPTA to Historic area
- optional meet at 8th & Philadelphia Market St. at 2:40pm & call
215-300-2164 to join tour
COST: SEPTA tokens for transportation, money for buying fast-food dinner, optional miniature golf costs $8
CONTACT: Sarah 215-300-2164 firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP if you intend to join us
Fri. 10/2; 7:30-9:00pm; – Discussion “Finding Purpose and Meaning in Your Graduate Studies and Career””
WHAT: Do you sometimes feel like each class you take and each task you do is just to prepare for the next class or task? They consume your time but do they have any ultimate meaning? Do our daily tasks have any spiritual meaning? Join a multi-national group of students and scholars as our speaker helps us think through these questions. Refreshments following.
WHERE: Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 314
CONTACT: Sarah 215-300-2164 email@example.com
Sat. 10/3; 3:30-9:30pm Visit Corn Maze in countryside
WHAT: Corn grows really tall and close together. Find your way through a maze by following clues. Don't get lost! Really fun time in farm country.
WHERE: meet at 435 S. 45th St. – drive to Lancaster, PA area
CONTACT: Must RSVP to Lyn Newbrander firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri. 10/9; 6:30-9:00pm – Potluck and Board Games with International and American students
WHAT: Potluck - bring food to share, or money to help pay for pizza, and/or you favorite board game. Join Americans and International students in the Penn Grad Christian Fellowship to eat and play.
WHERE: Location to be announced
CONTACT: Sarah 215-300-2164 email@example.com
Sat. 10/17; 9:30am-7:00pm – Trip to Lancaster and Amish tour
WHAT: Enjoy fall natural colors and visit Information Center; then take a 2 hr. personal driving tour of Amish communities plus enjoy a delicious Pennsylvania Dutch style lunch.
WHERE: meet at 9:30am in front of International House 37th St. & Chestnut St.
COST: $25 per person for transportation and personal tour (drivers will be reimbursed); $10-20 per adult for Pennsylvania Dutch buffet
CONTACT: Sarah 215-300-2164 firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP by 10/15
Sat. 10/31: 4:00-9:30pm Traditional American Halloween Pumpkin-carving & Give candy to “Trick-or-Treaters & movie “Luther”
WHAT: Pumpkin Carving (4pm) & Traditional Halloween candy-giving (5:30pm) & “Luther” Movie (7:30pm)
First, I have a few pumpkins that you can join with others in carving a face into. This is called a Jack-o-lantern. You can also bring your own pumpkin. Then, OCT. 31 is an interesting day celebrated in a unique way in
. Halloween is a time
when American children dress in costumes and go to neighbors’ houses (even
strangers’ houses) and ask for candy by saying “Trick or Treat”. I
usually have about 200 children come to my house between 5:30pm and 7:30pm
every year. I’d like to invite you to join me in giving this candy (I’ll
provide candy) and seeing the children in their cute costumes. Also Oct. 31 is
the date when Martin Luther put a paper, with his concerns about the Roman
Catholic Church, on a university door. This began the “Protestant” movement
in the Christian church. “Luther” is a
movie about that time in history. America
WHEN: Sat. 10/31; 4:00-9:30pm; 4pm carve pumpkins: 5:30pm candy-giving; 7:30 -9:30 pm watch & discuss movie “Luther” with both American and international grad students – come to one or all events
3722 Baring St. (4 blocks north of Market St. near 38th St.
- take Penn N. campus shuttle by calling 215-898-RIDE)
CONTACT: Sarah email@example.com 215-300-2164 RSVP if you intend to come
Tues. 11/10; 5:30-10:00 pm; Potluck dinner & movie night
WHAT: Potluck dinner – bring food to share; after dinner we will watch movie – TBA (To Be Announced)
WHERE: Sarah’s house;
3722 Baring St. (4 blocks north of Market St. near 38th St. - take Penn N. campus
shuttle by calling 215-898-RIDE)
WHEN: Sat. 11/10: 5:30pm potluck dinner; 7:00pm movie
CONTACT: Sarah 215-300-2164 firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP if you intend to come
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 26 - THANKSGIVING DINNER WITH AMERICANS
On Thursday November 26, all schools and businesses will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. American families gather for a big meal but it is our tradition to also invite guests for our “Thanksgiving feast”. Many Americans I know, especially from my church, would like to invite international students and scholars to their homes for the Thanksgiving meal. If you and/or your friends would like to meet and have Thanksgiving dinner with an American family, please respond by Mon. Nov. 16. to email@example.com
Another opportunity is to spend the Thanksgiving weekend with a family in the
fill up quickly so you should contact Mim Stern at the beginning of Nov. Transportation
will be provided from Lancaster, PA Philadelphia to . You will
about noon on Thurs. Nov. 26 and return about 6pm on Sun. Nov.29. The
cost is $40 for international students over age 12. For more information
about this weekend, contact Mim Stern 215-222-1609 firstname.lastname@example.org
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*** “Intercultural Friends” is sponsored by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF). We bring together students, researchers, and their families from any country, culture, or religion for the purpose of friendship, learning, and spiritual support. Discussions are sponsored by Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) and Penn Graduate Christian Fellowship (PGCF). For other classes and activities go to www.interculturalfriends.blogspot.com or our calendar at http://goo.gl/eAYzNJ
*** “Intercultural Friends” is sponsored by Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) and partners with GLOBALCONNECTUCITY www.globalconnectucity.org . We bring together students, researchers, and their families from any country, culture, or religion for the purpose of friendship, learning, and spiritual support. Discussions are sponsored by Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) and Penn Graduate Christian Fellowship (PGCF). For other classes and activities go to www.interculturalfriends.blogspot.com or our calendar http://goo.gl/eAYzNJ