Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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 


Fall 2014 ENGLISH CLASSES 
and BIBLE DISCUSSIONS  are posted on the Calendar  They are described below. 

   View our Events Calendar


Intercultural Friends** offers free classes & discussions which will begin Wed. 9/3/14The 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.

***  “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  

Weekly schedule for English Chats and Bible Discussions
The week of December 8 is the last week for classes (new times & places will start 1/14/15) …. BUT … we have several fun activities for international students and your friends !! We hope you can join us for some of the following fun.

Mondays
6:30-7:30PM; English chats rogerw33@verizon.net ; Chats & light dinner with AmericansHouston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 223
7:30-8:45pm; Bible Discussions wit h creative illustrations:  rogerw33@verizon.net  Parables – Inspirational Stories that Jesus Told; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 223; Call Roger: 215.964.3563
Wednesdays  
12:00-1:15 PM; English Class: sarahivcf@verizon.net ; American Culture & Vocabulary; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 217; Call Sarah:  215.300.2164
1:30 PM-2:30 PM; Bible Discussion;  sarahivcf@verizon.net ; Compare Bible stories to Everyday life; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 217; Call Sarah 215.300.2164
Thursdays
3:30-4:45 PM; English Class;  rogerw33@verizon.net ; 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;  sarahivcf@verizon.net : 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;  sarahivcf@verizon.net  ; Individualized Pronunciation tutoring through reading Current News Stories; Graduate Student Center 3615 Locust Walk 2nd floor conference room
Fridays

7:30-9 PM; Penn Graduate Christian Fellowship (PGCF)  pgcflead@yahoogroups.com (variety of formats); Houston Hall room 314 http://dolphin.upenn.edu/pgcf/  
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INTERCULTURAL FRIENDS SOCIAL EVENTS WINTER 2014

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Or for other classes and activities go to www.interculturalfriends.blogspot.com or our calendar at http://goo.gl/eAYzNJ            
Sat. 12/6; 10am-1pm Learn to bake Christmas cookies  Contact: sarahivcf@verizon.net  RSVP by text or email 215-300-2164
Thurs. 12/11 - 3:30-7:00pm - all classes Christmas party & Potluck   Graduate Student Center 2nd floor
Fri. 12/12: 7:30-9:30 pm; Christmas Celebration with American & international students; Houston Hall room 314; Contact: sarahivcf@verizon.net
Sat.12/13; 1:30-5:00pm:  Christmas Concert  Contact: Sarah  sarahivcf@verizon.net  RSVP needed by Fri. 12/12
Fri. 12/19; 6:00 - 11:000 pm; Visit Outdoor Living Nativity Show  Contact: sarahivcf@verizon.net  RSVP by Wed. 12/17 if you want to come
Sun. 12/21: anytime 4-10pm  Christmas tree decorating & Traditional  Christmas Caroling& Party;  CONTACT:  Sarah   sarahivcf@verizon.net  please RSVP if you intend to come
Mon. 12/22 - anytime between 1pm - 10:00pm:  Classic Christmas Movies RSVP to Sarah if you would like to “hang out” & watch movies at her house sarahivcf@verizon.net
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Sat. 12/6; 10am-1pm Learn to bake Christmas cookies;  Learn how to bake and decorate several different recipes of Christmas cookies - ingredients will be provided.
WHEN:  Sat. 12/6; begin baking at 10:00am
WHERE:  home of Sarah 3722 Baring St. (about 4 blocks north of Market St. near 38th St.)
Contact: sarahivcf@verizon.net  RSVP appreciated if you want to come

Thurs. 12/11 - 3:30-7:00pm - all classes Christmas party & Potluck  Mon, Wed., and Thurs. class students join together for a Christmas party with skit, singing, games, & FOOD. - Potluck - Anyone is welcome to join us whether you came once, many times, or just thought about coming.  Bring food to share with others.
WHEN:  Thurs.  12/11 - come anytime 3:30-7:00pm
WHERE:  Grad Student Center 3615 Locust Walk - 2nd floor
Contact: Sarah sarahivcf@verizon.net 

Fri. 12/12; 7:30-9:30pm:  Christmas Celebration with American & international students Are you beginning to get the Christmas feeling or are you stuck in cramming or writing mode?  This Friday, Dec. 12, PGCF would like to help you and your friends spend an evening enjoying the whole meaning of “Merry Christmas”.   We will have games, lots of singing, etc. sharing our own Christmas traditions, & lots of scrumptious holiday snacks.  
WHEN:  Friday December 12; 7:30-9:00pm with time afterward for informal snacking, singing, & chatting
WHERE:  Houston Hall room 314
WHAT:  PGCF Christmas party (& last meeting for the semester)
WHAT TO BRING:  friends & (optional – one of your favorite holiday snacks)

Sat. 12/13:  1:30-5:00pm: Christmas Concert with full choir and orchestra:  FREE transportation provided
WHEN: Sat. 12/13; meet at 1:30pm return to university area at 5:00pm (concert 3:00-4:30pm) 
WHERE:   Church of the Saviour in Wayne, PA: (30 minute drive)  meet at 3722 Baring St. or near Penn depending on attendees
CONTACT: Sarah  sarahivcf@verizon.net  RSVP needed by Fri. 12/12

Fri. 12/19; 6-11pm;  Visit Outdoor Living Nativity Show in Mount Laurel, NJ; live animals and actors portray the story of the 1st Christmas see http://.livingnativity.org
WHEN:  Fri. 12/19: meet in university area at 6:00pm; return to University City about 11:00pm
WHERE:  meet at convenient place for those who have RSVP’d.; Transportation cost $5 (drivers reimbursed)
CONTACT:  Sarah  sarahivcf@verizon.net RSVP by Wed. 12/17  

Sun.12/21; 4-10pm:  Christmas tree decorating & Traditional  Christmas Caroling& Party;   food, & games; bring some food or snacks to share:  4pm tree-decorating; 6pm eating (pot luck bring some food to share); 7:30pm singing & caroling; 8:30pm games, DVD, socializing - Come anytime and leave anytime
WHEN:  Sun. 12/21:  4:00 - 10:00 pm drop in anytime, leave anytime
WHERE:  3722 Baring St.  (about 4 blocks north of Market St. near 38th St. - call 215.898.RlDE to take Penn North shuttle)
CONTACT:  Sarah   sarahivcf@verizon.net  215-300-2164 please RSVP if you intend to come

Mon 12/22 - anytime from 1-10pm:  Classic Christmas Movies  I have many DVD’s with Christmas themes - some are funny & some are musicals, some are historical, etc.  Anytime is OK - just let me know before you come.    RSVP to Sarah if you would like to “hang out” & watch movies at her house sarahivcf@verizon.net  215-300-2164

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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