Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Intercultural Friends

A site for International Students and Scholars: University of Penn and Drexel: Philadelphia
IMPROVE IN: AMERICAN SOCIAL SKILLS, IDIOMS, GRAMMAR, PRONUNCIATION, UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN CULTURE 


SUMMER 2015 ENGLISH CHATS & BIBLE DISCUSSIONS 
& LOTS OF FUN STUFF 
   View our Conversation Groups and Events Calendar
or see below

Intercultural Friends** offers free classes &; discussions .  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.

English chats & Bible Discussions
Thursdays: May 28-Aug. 6:  5:15-6:30pm Topical Chats in small groups with Americans – light dinner provided; …… 6:30-7:45pmMulti-media Introductory Bible discussion - short video, reading & discussion  Houston Hall room 313  see below for more details
Wednesdays: June 3–Aug. 5:  12:00-1:15 PM; English chats with focus on pronunciation  …… 1:30-2:30 PM ; Art and the Bible: Compare Famous Paintings & the Biblical stories that inspired them; Houston Hall room 301 

Summer Fun Stuff
Sat. 5/30; 6:30-10:30pm American Rodeo in NJ  (RSVP by 5/29)
Sat. 6/20; 10am-4pm - Longwood Gardens outdoor & indoor gardens RSVP by 6/18 for transportation
Sat. 6/27; 9am-4pm TALL ships at Penn’s Landing (large sailboats replicas from the 19th century) RSVP if coming by 6/26 
Sat. 7/4; 4-11pm "Drop In" Cook-out/Potluck party for America's Independence Day; RSVP if you are coming is appreciated
Sat. Aug. 1 – 4-10pm Riversharks Professional Baseball & fireworks at Camden, NJ; RSVP BY 7/31 if coming
Sat. Aug. 15 –– 9am-10pm - Day Trip to New Jersey Beach:  Must RSVP by 8/13
Other possible summer events such as Fruit Picking, Group Singing, Outdoor Orchestra Concert, Miniature Golf at the Porch at 30th St. Station, etc. will be posted later in the summer
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on chats, discussions and activities

SUMMER 2015 ENGLISH CHATS & BIBLE DISCUSSIONS
Thursdays  
·         5:15-6:30PM May 28—August 6  Topical Chats in small groups with Americans – light dinner provided; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 313 Call: Roger 215.964.3563 or Sarah 215.300-2164 rogerw33@verizon.net  or sarahivcf@verizon.net
·         6:30-7:45PM;  May 28-August 6  Multi-media Introductory Bible discussion - short video, reading & discussion  Internationals from any cultural or religious background discuss video clips and Bible quotes to reach an introductory understanding of the Bible and Christianity - video from www.thehopeproject.com  Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 313  Call: Roger 215.964.3563 or Sarah 215.300-2164  rogerw33@verizon.net  or sarahivcf@verizon.net

Wednesdays         
·         12:00-1:15 PM; June 3-August 5 English chats with focus on pronunciation  read & discuss interesting events that happened "This Day in History" - Native English speaker will offer individualized help with pronunciation problems - all international students, researchers, & spouses are welcome - you're welcome to bring your own lunch Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 301 Contact::  Roger 215.964.3563  rogerw33@verizon.net  or Sarah 215.300-2164  sarahivcf@verizon.net
·         1:30-2:30 PM ; Art and the Bible: Compare Famous Paintings & the Biblical stories that inspired them; Each week discuss a famous painting based on a Bible story - an interesting way to learn for the first time or think a little more deeply about some stories in the Bible. International & American students, researchers, & spouses from any religious background are welcome.  Bring your lunch & friends with you. Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 301 Call: Sarah 215.300.2164 or Roger 215.964.3563 rogerw33@verizon.net  or sarahivcf@verizon.net  

SUMMER ACTIVITIES 2015
·         Sat. 5/30; 6:30-10:30pm American Rodeo in NJ  Authentic Western Rodeo with roping, bucking horses, bulls, etc. See www.cowtownrodeo.com  for more information.  Meet at 3722 Baring St. OR  CVS 43rd & Locust:  Cost: $20 adults, $10 children, $6 for transportation (drivers will be reimbursed)  (RSVP by 5/29)  sarahivcf@verizon.net   215-300-2164
·         Sat. 6/20; 10am-4pm - Longwood Gardens outdoor & indoor gardens More than 1,000 acres of outdoor gardens plus indoor gardens of various climates. Bring your own lunch or buy at cafeteria.  Meet at 3722 Baring St. OR  CVS 43rd & Locust:  Cost is $18 for non-students; students with ID $10; more discounts for groups over 15 plus $5 if you need transportation (any drivers will be reimbursed).  See www.longwoodgardens.org  RSVP by 6/18 for transportation Sarah 215-300-2164 sarahivcf@verizon.net
·         Sat. 6/27; 9am-4pm TALL ships at Penn’s Landing (large sailboats replicas from the 19th century) – ships will be sailing and available for tours all day.  We will meet in University City and travel by SEPTA so you can leave at any time.  More info about ticket prices, etc. will be sent later  RSVP if coming by 6/26 Sarah 215-300-2164 sarahivcf@verizon.net
·         Sat. 7/4; 4-11pm "Drop In" Cook-out/Potluck party for America's Independence Day; with Americans and internationals; come anytime and leave anytime;  cook-out, bring food to share, make home-made ice cream the traditional way; walk to see fireworks; 3722 Baring St.  (about 4 blocks north of Market St.) RSVP if you are coming is appreciated Contact:  Sarah sarahivcf@verizon.net  215-300-2164
·         Sat. Aug. 1 – 4-10pm Riversharks Professional Baseball & fireworks at Camden, NJ; The Phillies are more famous but the Riversharks are a lot of fun ….. the Riversharks are a professional baseball team, part of the Atlantic League which is rated at least AAA baseball www.riversharks.com .  This ballpark is in Camden, near the Delaware River, overlooking the Philadelphia skyline.  Meet at the Penn Book store, 36th & Walnut St. at 6pm & travel by SEPTA and PATCO.  Roundtrip transportation will cost 2 SEPTA tokens plus $2.50 (roundtrip PATCO).  Baseball tickets are $13-$14 (we can buy at ballpark).  You can also bring money for sandwiches, drinks, etc. at the ballpark (not allowed to bring food or drinks into the ballpark). Fireworks are after the game.  We will get home about 10pm.  If you are traveling by yourself or a small group, Roger and Sarah can drive you home from their houses.  For more info see www.riversharks.com   RSVP BY 7/31 if coming  Contact: sarahivcf@verizon.net 215-300-2164
·         Sat. Aug. 15 –– 9am-10pm - Day Trip to New Jersey Beach:  meet at 308 N. 37th St. (about 4 blocks north of Market St. & ½ block north of Lancaster Ave.) OR  CVS 43rd & Locust:  bring own lunch, blanket or towel to sit on, swimming suit & other clothing, beach balls, toys, or games, sunscreen; Cost:  $16 for transportation & parking, about $12 to buy supper at restaurant, Must RSVP by 8/13  (drivers will be reimbursed) Contact:  rogerw33@verizon.net  215-964-3563
·         Other possible summer events such as Fruit Picking, Group Singing, Outdoor Orchestra Concert, Miniature Golf at the Porch at 30th St. Station, etc. will be posted later in the summer





Other English classes and Bible Discussions sponsored by friends of “Intercultural Friends”
Tuesdays.
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  liangtz@gmail.com ; 4501 Walnut St..  Call Helen: 215.779.8396
Fridays
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.
      Or      
6:30-9:00 P.M.  Dinner, Bible discussion & singing in Chinese or English For locations Call:  Helen Liang 215.779.8396
Saturdays
9:30-11:30 A.M. English Class;   yeunghahn@yahoo.com ; 651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA Church of the Saviour in suburbs near Lancaster Ave.; R5 Paoli train Call: Yeung Hahn 610.520.9633
Sundays
9:30-10:45 AM English Class: 11:00 AM International Worship Tif@tenth.org ; Tenth Presbyterian Church 17th St. &; Spruce St.
      Or       
4:00 PM Christian Worship Service in Mandarin: Helen Liang 215.779.8396 www.ccccuc.org ; 4501 Walnut St..


***  “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
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