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Tips, Useful Techniques, Other Relevant Stuff


APRIL 2009
A Publication of the Literacy Council of Jackson County
PO Box 615, Medford, OR 97501
See our Website

TOPICS IN THIS ISSUE
Notes from the Chair
Records Report
Calendar
Sudoku Challenge



Help Wanted
Helpful Websites
Abbreviations Dictionary



Board Members:

              Bob Burger      - Chair

              Ellie Scholz    - Secretary

              Liz Koester     - RCC/CASAS Coordinator

              Bonnie Wolfman  - Public Relations

              Nancy Calcagno  - Treasurer in Training


Notes From The Chair

Dear Volunteers and Friends,

    Talk about Climate Change; on Friday I was shivering in a winter coat and on Monday I was sweating in a tee shirt.

    Well, let's get down to business.  We are still desperate to get volunteers to sign up for board membership.  Board members sit in on our monthly meetings to help direct our program.  They also actively participate by babysitting our office a couple of hours a week, help keep our records, assist tutors with questions, and keep our library from getting too dusty.  If you or someone you know wants to help out, please give me a call or send me an e-mail.

    Many other volunteer opportunities will be on display at RCC/SOU's new structure at 101 S. Bartlett on May 18th from 4 to 6 P.M.  Many non-profit organizations will have people and brochures available to inform you of their public services at the "Take Care of Jackson County" volunteer forum and fair.  Admission is free, of course.  Call Rita at 779-5742 for more.

    Liz Koester is our new Placement Officer.  She has the responsibility of connecting students with tutors for a perfect match.  It's been a bit of a struggle for her; she wants to tutor them all herself.  She's learning to share, though.  Her most recent placements went to Mort Smith in Ashland, Nancy Calcagno in White City, Bonnie Wolfman in Central Point, and Joan Symmank in Medford.  Busy, busy, busy!

    One of our hardest working tutors, Chloe Wood, is teaching an ESL group of eleven students in Talent.  Let me know if you want to give her a little help.  It's a lot of work for one person.

Have a great spring season.
Bob Burger, Chair

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Records Report

January - March 2009

Volunteer Hours ....183
Student Hours .......235
Students Served ......13

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CALENDAR

Board Meetings

April 23
May 20
June 17

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

If you would like to see more puzzles, drop us a line.

Solution to our January 2009 issue.

Learning to read can pull you out of the quicksand of illiteracy.

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
LITERACY@JUNO.COM

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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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