adult literacy

Going Green in 2013: Literacy Office to Email Bulletins

In an effort to be more green, the Literacy Office has started emailing our thrice-yearly newsletter Lit Bits to tutors and adult learners.  We also email a monthly bulletin to tutors called Literacy Online which discusses important dates for the month (library closings, in-service classes for tutors and learners, etc.).  If you haven’t been receiving the monthly Literacy Online email, it’s likely we don’t have your current email address on file. 

January Book Club Selection: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

While the Book Club won’t meet in December, there is a book that your adult learner can begin reading for the next meeting in January (it’s a little longer than our typical books, hence two months to read it).  The book for January’s meeting is Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  This is the second installment of Collins’ Huger Games series, and follows our heroine Katniss Everdeen after she won The Hunger Games, and now finds herself the unwitting spokesperson of a potential rebellion against the Capitol.  We ha

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."  

Be a Power Up! Volunteer!

Have some free time on your hands and want to help integrate new literacy students to the program? We offer a 2 hour orientation session to incoming students in which we discuss how the program works, what the expectations are of both students and their prospective tutors, and goal setting strategies in detail. This orientation session is called Power Up! and next year we plan to offer one session a month for ESL students, and one for Basic Literacy students: now we just need the volunteers to lead and assist these sessions!

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