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I'm interested in helping someone learn to read. How do I apply to become a literacy tutor at the library?

Recent statistics indicate that approximately 1 in 6 adults in Oklahoma perform at the most basic or below basic literacy levels. The Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service, located at 29th & Harvard, promotes literacy across the lifespan through emergent and family literacy outreach initiatives and adult basic and English language instruction.

Online Tutor In-Service Opportunities

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Just a reminder that the Literacy Office requires that you take at least one continuing education class per year.  While the Literacy Office offers plenty of opportunities throughout the year administered by our staff for tutors who are unable to attend traditional classes, online options are available.  The Pro Literacy Network offers many self-paced, online courses for tutors at their website: http://www.proliteracyednet.org/articles.asp?mcid=2

Pig or Big? Tips for Letter or Word Inversions and Reversals

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Many learners struggle to discriminate between similar letters and words.  They may demonstrate reversals or inversions while reading.  Observe which letters and words with which your learner struggles and create the following activity to help improve visual discrimination:  

Ask the learner to circle the words that are the same.  Note: the word choices may be "nonsense" words.  

Examples: herb    herp    herd    herb    nerb    pig    big    pid    pip    pin    was    maw    saw    was    mas

Enhance Your Learning with ESL Podcast!

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For an adult learner who needs some English listening practice and has Internet access, we highly recommend eslpod.com.  Learners can go to the site and choose a podcast that is of interest to them. They can listen to it slowly, listen to an explanation of it, and/or listen to it quickly; at the same time they can read the transcript if they'd like. The service is free, but interested students can pay for a basic or premium membership if they would like to receive the "Learning Guides."  

Instant Poetry!

If your adult learner would like to work on poetry but needs some inspiration, click here. On the left they will see a list of poems; help them choose one and follow the directions, adding words when and where instructed. Click on “Create my ___ poem,” and voila, they'll have an instant poem! This site also gives you an example so you can see what yours will look like. Try it out; it’s a lot of fun! 

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