T  U  T  O  R  S
Tips, Useful Techniques, Other Relevant Stuff


APRIL 2008
A Publication of the Literacy Council of Jackson County
PO Box 615, Medford, OR 97501

Board Members:

              Bob Burger      - Chair
              Lea Richards    - Library/Bookstore
              Ellie Scholz    - Secretary
              Fram Nichols    - Placement
              Bob Burger      - (Acting) Records
              Liz Koester     - RCC/CASAS Coordinator
              Bob Burger      - (Acting) Treasurer

TOPICS IN THIS ISSUE
Notes from the Chair
Calendar
Sudoku Challenge




Help Wanted
Helpful Websites
Abbreviations Dictionary







Notes From The Chair

Dear Volunteers and Friends,

   Unbelievable!  It's spring already and I haven't cleaned out my vacuum cleaner from last spring, yet.  Yuck!  I think I'll just buy another vacuum cleaner.

   Speaking of spring cleaning... I want to extend a warm welcome to Lea Richards who has volunteered to clean up our library.  She was recently trained as a new tutor and is raring to take on new challenges.  It's unofficial as of this writing, but I put her name on our Board Member list just to embarrass her into taking the Librarian position.

   The Council has a backlog of student applicants waiting to be matched with tutors.  I'm working with two new students who are very appreciative of our educational service.  If you know someone who might consider being an English reading tutor, please have them fill out an application.

   All of our students will, hopefully, make us proud of their expanding knowledge of the English language when we conduct our semi-annual evaluations this May.  These CASAS assessments are part of our accountability program to ensure continued support from our donors and sponsors.  Liz Koester will be contacting our tutors to arrange for scheduling appointments, either at the Literacy Council office, Rogue Community College, or at the student's tutoring site.  Tutors will receive exam results to inform them of student strengths and weaknesses.

   Coming soon will be our Summer Pizza Party and Board Meeting.  Free pizza and beverages for our students, tutors and other volunteers.  I mention this now because I'm hungry.  Perhaps after lunch I'll tackle that vacuum cleaner cleaning.

   Have a great spring and thank you for supporting the Literacy Council.

Bob Burger, Chair

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CALENDAR

Board Meetings

April 23
May 20
June 19

All meetings - 1 PM to 3 PM
Literacy Council office:
1175 Royal Ave, Suite B, Medford
Phone: 245-8699

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SUDOKU CHALLENGE

For those of you who are new to this form of crossword puzzle, the object is to use all the game letters to fill every row and column, and also each 9-square section.  If one of the rows or columns is the word that completes the sentence, then you know you've solved the puzzle correctly.  Just the same, I'll provide the solution in the next issue.

Solution to last quarter's issue.

The illiterate often use profanity in their speech.

Try to solve this puzzle using these letters:

A S Y O U H E L P

Find the word that fills in the blank:

You may hear Shakespeare at the ______________.

If you would like to create and submit a puzzle for
TUTORS, just send it to the editor by mail or e-mail.

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VOLUNTEERS WANTED
The Literacy Council of Jackson County offers many volunteer opportunities. Here are just a few of them:
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ESL Tutor: Assist students one-on-one to master the written English language sufficiently enough to fill out employment and health forms, follow directions on medicines, read maps, use public transportation effectively, enjoy computer applications, and open the doors of knowledge at libraries and the Internet. No experience necessary, we will train you.

GED Tutor: Help individuals study for the General Education Development exam. If you think you can teach math, science, history, reading comprehension and writing, then we want you to share your knowledge as a tutor. No experience necessary, we will train you.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED
General Office: If you have a couple of hours a week to spare and know how or want to learn to use a computer for keeping our records up to date, we want to hear from you. No experience necessary, we will train you.

Newsletter Editor: Here's a job you can do in the comfort of your own home. You will need experience using a word processor or desktop publisher program. The editor gathers stories for each quarterly issue, arranges them on the pages, adds graphics or photos as desired, and prints out a master copy for publication. Is this for you?

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If any of these volunteer opportunities suits you, please give us a call at
(541) 245-8699
or send us an e-mail message at
LITJACK@MEDFORD.NET

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Helpful Websites

www.literacyvolunteer.com
Tips for teaching word families, steps in language experience stories, find quizzes

www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/Links/
LessonLinks.html

You can print out these exercises or student can do them on line

eslus.com/eslcenter.htm
Variety of activities for the more advanced student

www.tv411.org
If you have internet access at your tutoring site this is a great address for more advanced student activities

literacyvolunteer.homestead.com
Help with developing writing skills

iteslj.org/Lessons/
Variety of activities: grammar, conversation topics, cultural awareness, games, etc.

darkwing.uoregon.edu/~leslieob/
pizzaz.html

Pizzaz: Creative writing lessons

www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/
Self Study Quizzes

www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/cw/
Crossword Puzzles

iteslj.org/questions/
Conversation Questions for the ESL Classroom

darkwing.uoregon.edu/~leslieob/
themes.html

Opportunities in ESL: Creative writing/ discussion topics

webnz.com/checkers/free2.html
Free Services for Students

www.conversa1.com/
eslcurriculumbeginninglevel.htm

ESL Curriculum, Beginning Level

www3.kumc.edu/diversity/
Diversity Calendar: Holidays around the world

NEW ADDITIONS
www.writefix.com

www.englishclub.com
www.Learningexpresslibrary.com
www.50states.com
www.ESLmonkeys.com
www.reading.org
www.sitesforteachers.com

Contact us if any of these succeeded for you!

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Abbreviations Dictionary

ABE Adult Basic Education: teaching basic kindergarten to 8th grade skills such as reading, writing and math to native speakers of English.

ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder

CASAS Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System: A battery of tests that we use for tracking student progress.

ESL English as a Second Language: teaching basic kindergarten to 8th grade skills such as listening, speaking, reading, writing and math to non-native speakers of English.

GED General Education Development test: test which gives students a diploma equivalent to a high school diploma.

LCJC: Literacy Council of Jackson County

LD: Learning Disabled

RCC: Rogue Community College

TELT Training Effective Literacy Tutors: The training program for new volunteers.

TOPS Tracking of Programs and Students: form used to collect student demographics and test results reported to RCC.

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litjack@medford.net