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Extend your lessons with adult learners

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Is your adult learner eager to meet more often than you are able? Do they have a goal with a fast approaching deadline? Literacy computer programs can be a great way for learners to study independently. Many of these programs can be accessed from home or at any library. Call Alisa at 918-549-7400 to set up a computer appointment with you and your adult learner!

July Book Club Selection: Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen

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The book for July’s Book Club meeting is Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen. Join us for an action-packed Western read with galloping horses, shooting rifles, heroes (and the inevitable scoundrels), fur trapping (and one kidnapping), settlers, Indians and prairie ethics.  This is a rollicking tale told by a Newberry Honor award winning master storyteller whose stories often appeal to reluctant readers.

Free Resource for Learning English as a Second Language

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Pumarosa.com is a free, bilingual, phonetic, and interactive English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) website for Spanish-speaking learners of all ages. It will help learners gain knowledge of English grammar, sentence structure, and will also strengthen their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The website encourages continuous participation. Pumarosa was designed to teach basic English to Spanish-speaking students, but its graded structure can be easily adapted for teaching English to learners whose first language is not Spanish.

Common Auditory Confusions

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It can be difficult to help a learner with reading and spelling when either or both of you do not accurately distinguish between some of these tricky English sounds. It is time well spent --for tutor and learner alike--to focus on these basics so learners may begin the work of associating the sounds of English with the written representation. This focus on sounds comes before phonics and is termed "Phonemic Awareness".

An Ultimate Resource

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Phonics and spelling rules are not simple. But, learning to use Ultimate Phonics in our computer lab is simple. It's a perfect way for your eager learner to get extra practice. Try incorporating it into your weekly lesson as an easy phonics component.

Even if you think you or your learner are not computer savvy, you'll be using this computer program with confidence within an hour. Check out the website for more information- http://www.spencerlearning.com/

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