"Calla Lilies in Bloom"
Courtesy of Kaetriauna Bowser-Smith
NOTES FROM THE CHAIR
Dear Volunteers and Friends,
Happy spring fever to you all.
Already the blossoms have come and gone, but a few trees might keep
their colors for a little longer. The Literacy Council hopes to have
blossoms of its own in terms of new volunteer and student
You might have heard that the
Literacy Council had to relocate its office. Well, thanks (again) to
the assistance of our local United Way branch office, we have been
introduced to Amy Belkin at the Teresa McCormick Center located on
the Harry and David campus. She has agreed to let us have a room in
their building for the use of our library and tutoring sessions. We
moved in during March and are almost ready for our Grand Reopening.
You can visit the Teresa McCormick web site at WWW.TMACONLINE.ORG to
see what great things they're up to.
As always, we need to recruit new
volunteer tutors to keep up with our student requests. I'm thankful
that we haven't had any departing tutors over the past few months,
but more are still needed. Please let your friends know that the
Literacy Council is still around and providing a valuable service to
We offer individualized tutoring for Basic Reading,
GED, ESL, Workforce Development Classes, and Citizenship. Our Workforce Development class offers training in
Microsoft Office and Résumé Building.
If you know of anyone who might benefit from our
program, please let them know about our services. The Literacy
Council serves all of Jackson County.
Literacy Council of Jackson
P.O. Box 615
Medford, OR 97501
LITERACY COUNCIL OF
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Placement ------------------------------------- Liz
Adults who wish to
learn to read should discuss the issue openly with family and close
friends. These people will serve as a support system and will
encourage the person to work hard and be persistent in their
efforts. By acknowledging their desire to learn, they can reduce
embarrassment and stay motivated.
Most adults will not want to
begin with books aimed at children. This can be degrading and
discouraging. One way to start would be to have the adult tell a
story to a helper. The helper, or tutor, can write down the story as
it is being told. The two can then read it together, with the tutor
pointing to the words as they are being read.
Use audiobooks with a
copy of the print book. The reader can follow along as the story is
being read. On Apple iPod products, users can adjust the speed of
the reading to make it comfortable for listeners.
Another idea is to
begin by learning the most critical and immediately useful
information. Learning to read and write a home address, family
member's names, and a grocery list are all great places to start.
The volume of information is not as overwhelming as a book or
newspaper, yet it is valuable and important to everyday
Graphic novels are
great to use for expanding vocabulary because the illustrations
enhance the content and help the reader understand the text. The use
of visual cues and fast-paced storytelling may appeal to readers who
Nonfiction may hold more appeal than fiction. The
subject matter is usually known and it is usually easier to follow
than fiction. Readers can choose topics that they are interested in
and may have a practical impact on their lives.
Remember, the first step is choosing to ask to for
help. Literacy opens doors in family, social, cultural, and economic
areas. Help someone learn to read today.
Borrowed from teAchnology
AMAZING WORD FACTS
The longest one-syllable word in the English
language is "screeched."
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the
The word "set" has more definitions than any other
word in the English language.
The only 15 letter word that can be
spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
"Underground" is the only word in the
English language that begins and ends with the letters "und."
The combination "ough" can be
pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains
them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode
through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he
coughed and hiccoughed."
Technology has changed our world and human
behaviors. It is not uncommon to see the general public with their
noses buried in their phones while exercising their thumbs at a high
rate of speed.
There are many tools in the world of technology that
you can use with your students to hold their interest in learning.
Facebook games are fun and many people spend a good
part of their day playing them. So instead of playing Clash of Clans or Candy
Crush Saga, encourage your student to play Scrabble or Words with
Another source of learning is from a site called
Pinterest. There are many word games for your student to learn the
alphabet, spelling, and pronunciation.
There are many learning games on the Internet.
Encouraging your student to use these tools, will also help sharpen
or teach computer skills at the same time.
Submitted by Nancy Calcagno
THE DOLCH LIST
The Dolch list from the National Adult
Literacy Agency includes the 100 most common words used in reading
which make up half of all reading. These words may be a good start
to teach your student reading:
We are currently in need of more tutors. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we would
love to hear from you.
A tutor will typically spend one
or two sessions per week with an adult learner. These sessions
usually run 60 to 90 minutes long. A tutor and an adult learner
often work together for 6 months to 2 years.
There are no
credentials required. Simply attend free training sessions and learn
how to be an effective tutor!