Orlando takes first step in plan for park under I-4

Orlando takes first step in plan for park under I-4

Orlando’s plan to build a sprawling, urban park underneath Interstate 4 took a step forward Monday.

The City Council voted to approve an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation granting the city airspace rights needed to make the park a reality. The FDOT also committed $3.5 million for the project.

City planners hope the so-called “bridge district,” currently dubbed the Under I, will connect the east and west side of Orlando by adding amenities under the Interstate 4 overpass, which has long divided downtown.

“This a wonderful, wonderful idea to bring the east side and west side together with recreational facilities,” said Commissioner Patty Sheehan, whose district includes Lake Eola and many eastside neighborhoods.

A conceptual rendering of the Under I prepared by planners last year depicted basketball and tennis courts, retail, a dog walk, soccer fields, a playground, a performance space and more beneath I-4.

However, construction won’t begin for several years. The city must wait for the I-4 overhaul to elevate the overpass and eliminate embankments currently in the way.

“We hope to get under way with that as soon as possible, but it’s dependent on the progress of the construction of the I-4 Ultimate [project],” Mayor Buddy Dyersaid Monday.

Completion of the $2.3 billion I-4 work is currently expected in 2021.

The $3.5 million FDOT commitment is the first funding to be announced for the project. City spokeswoman Cassandra Lafser confirmed there “is not a definitive estimate” yet for the cost of designing and building the Under I.

Lafser called Monday’s vote an “exciting first step.”

Among the features envisioned for the park are regulation-sized indoor soccer fields, hard courts for basketball and volleyball, a playground and massive sandbox, a pop-up event space, skateboard ramps and picnic areas.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Named a Top US Travel Destination

Orlando Named a Top US Travel Destination

The travelers have spoken and they’ve named Orlando and three other Florida cities as the best destinations in the country.

Planning and booking site TripAdvisor used an algorithm to analyze the quantity and quality of reviews over a 12-month period to come up with the rankings for its annual Travelers’ Choice awards.

“The Travelers’ Choice Destination awards recognize the world’s most beloved travel spots, based on feedback and booking interest from the TripAdvisor community,” Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, said in a press release.

Click here to see Trip Advisors breakdown of traveling to Orlando.

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source: Orlando Sentinel

3, 2, 1, Liftoff!

3, 2, 1, Liftoff!

Internexus Orlando is close to one of the most active space centers in the world—The Kennedy Space Center. At the famous center on Cape Canaveral, rockets launch as often as twice a month. We try to get out there for every launch, and if you apply and come to Internexus Orlando, you’ll have the opportunity to join us for one of these incredible and historic events. 

Here is an exciting recording of a recent rocket launch we were able to attend. Go to the 10 minute mark for the launch.

This launch was Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket. These rockets soar into space and frequently bring supplies to the International Space Station. Space X rockets are specially designed to come back down for a safe landing so that someday soon anyone could ride a rocket into space and return safely. You might one day take a ride in a rocket just like this!

The Kennedy Space Center is one of the many exciting reasons to make Orlando your home for your English education. Contact us for more information on our action-packed English courses.

Internexus Orlando Viewing Space X Launch

 

Five things to do before you leave to study abroad

Five things to do before you leave to study abroad

You’ve bought your plane tickets and your bags are ready to pack. The excitement is building: Your adventure abroad will be starting soon! But before you leave on this journey of a lifetime, be sure to check off these important items from your to-do list:

  • Talk to your academic advisor about the courses you will be taking abroad, and what courses you will need to take when returning. Make sure you establish that the courses you take abroad count for credit at your home college or university.
  • Download a video-chat service like Skype and get a web cam. It’s probably the easiest and least expensive way to communicate with people from home. You could also look into purchasing an overseas calling card.
  • Make sure that you have transportation planned from the airport to your overseas university.
  • Make photocopies of your passport information. Carry one in your bags (separate from your passport) and leave another copy at home.
  • Plan for what to do in case of an emergency. Find out how to contact the police, the fire department and any other emergency services available in your host country. Share this information with your family as well.

Source: toeflgoanywhere.org

Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism

Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism

Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.

Below are seven cognitive advantages to learning a foreign language. Many of these attributes are only apparent in people who speak multiple languages regularly – if you haven’t spoken a foreign tongue since your A levels, your brain might not be reaping these bilingual benefits. However, people who begin language study in their adult lives can still achieve the same levels of fluency as a young learner, and still reap the same mental benefits, too.

You become smarter

Speaking a foreign language improves the functionality of your brain by challenging it to recognise, negotiate meaning, and communicate in different language systems. This skill boosts your ability to negotiate meaning in other problem-solving tasks as well.

Students who study foreign languages tend to score better on standardized tests than their monolingual peers, particularly in the categories of maths, reading, and vocabulary.

You build multitasking skills

Multilingual people, especially children, are skilled at switching between two systems of speech, writing, and structure. According to a study from the Pennsylvania State University, this “juggling” skill makes them good multitaskers, because they can easily switch between different structures. In one study, participants used a driving simulator while doing separate, distracting tasks at the same time. The research found that people who spoke more than one language made fewer errors in their driving.

You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia

Several studies have been conducted on this topic, and the results are consistent. For monolingual adults, the mean age for the first signs of dementia is 71.4. For adults who speak two or more languages, the mean age for those first signs is 75.5. Studies considered factors such as education level, income level, gender, and physical health, but the results were consistent.

Your memory improves

Educators often liken the brain to a muscle, because it functions better with exercise. Learning a language involves memorising rules and vocabulary, which helps strengthen that mental “muscle.” This exercise improves overall memory, which means that multiple language speakers are better at remembering lists or sequences. Studies show that bilinguals are better at retaining shopping lists, names, and directions.

You become more perceptive

A study from Spain’s University of Pompeu Fabra revealed that multilingual people are better at observing their surroundings. They are more adept at focusing on relevant information and editing out the irrelevant. They’re also better at spotting misleading information. Is it any surprise that Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot are skilled polyglots?

Your decision-making skills improve

According to a study from the University of Chicago, bilinguals tend to make more rational decisions. Any language contains nuance and subtle implications in its vocabulary, and these biases can subconsciously influence your judgment. Bilinguals are more confident with their choices after thinking it over in the second language and seeing whether their initial conclusions still stand up.

You improve your [Native Language]

Learning a foreign language draws your focus to the mechanics of language: grammar, conjugations, and sentence structure. This makes you more aware of language, and the ways it can be structured and manipulated. These skills can make you a more effective communicator and a sharper editor and writer. Language speakers also develop a better ear for listening, since they’re skilled at distinguishing meaning from discreet sounds.

source: www.telegraph.co.uk