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JANUARY 2007
A Publication of the Literacy Council of Jackson County
PO Box 615, Medford, OR 97501

Board Members:

              Bob Burger      - Chair
              Sara King Cole  - Library/Bookstore
              Ellie Scholz    - Secretary
              Fram Nichols    - Placement
              Robbin Henson   - Records
              Liz Koester     - RCC/CASAS Coordinator
              Bob Burger      - Bookkeeper

TOPICS IN THIS ISSUE
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Notes from the Chair
Editor's Message
Calendar
Keeping Records Straight





Students Need Tutors
Library Notes
Helpful Websites
Abbreviations Dictionary






Notes From The Chair

Dear Volunteers and Friends,

   I hope you all had a delightful Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa holiday.  I was hoping for gifts for all three, but I am content with my lump of coal.

   Our tutoring volunteers gave a lot of their time last year; a very valuable gift to their students.  Thank you so much for your service to our community.  I hope you are all looking forward to giving your knowledge for another year.

   As the population of Jackson County increases, so does the need for volunteer tutors.  Let your friends know the joys of tutoring and refer them to the volunteer opportunities at the Literacy Council.  Tell the people who are struggling with English or reading and writing skills about our free service.  Everyone might be able to get along once we work on breaking the language barriers.

   I hope you all have a good time in 2007!

Bob Burger

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Greetings From The New Editor

   Hi everyone! I got the greatest Christmas present this year!  I am taking over for Liz Bestor as newsletter editor.  I am looking forward to it!  I have been getting a lot of help from Sara and Bob, who I thank from the bottom of my heart.  This issue might be a little smaller than we are used to, but all the pertinent information will be included.

   My plans for the newsletter include more personal interviews with the staff and the tutors.  I am looking forward to meeting all the faces behind the names I see every month.  I'll search the internet for articles that will help our mission in helping literacy in Jackson County.

   For the next three months, I'll be in the office on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon due to my new Winter Term schedule.  Please call or stop by!  I'd love to hear what you do in the field.  We could report your human interest stories portraying our continued fight for adult literacy in our county.

Happy New Year!

Robbin Henson

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CALENDAR

Board Meetings

January 18
February 15
March 15
April 19

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

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Keeping the Records Straight

OCTOBER 2006
Tutor Hours - 48.5
Prep Hours - 9
Travel Hours - 8

NOVEMBER 2006
Tutor Hours - 43
Prep Hours - 10
Travel Hours - 7.5

DECEMBER 2006
Tutor Hours - 52
Prep Hours - 12
Travel Hours - 5.5

ADMINISTRATTION HOURS
October hours - 37
November - 37.5
December Hours - 31.5

QUARTERLY REPORT :
Active Tutors: 7
Inactive Tutors: 4
Tutor Hours: 268 hours (plus prep & travel)
Student Hours: 210.5
Board Member Hours: approx. 94.5

Robbin Henson- Records Clerk

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Placement Report

OCTOBER 2006
Active Tutors - 11
Active Students - 16

STUDENT NEEDS
13 Students need tutoring

ESL
   1 - Ashland (Tibetan)
   2 - Talent (Mexican)
   3 - Phoenix (Mexican)
   10 - Medford
      7 (Mexican)
      1 (Thai)
      2 (Indian couple)
ABE
   4 - Medford
      3 (Learning Disabled)
   1 - Central Point (LD)
GED
   1 - Medford

Compiled by
Fram Nichols, Placement Coordinator

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LIBRARY NOTES

   Our librarian is such a busy lady these days.  As well as tutoring Santiaga and Juan, Sara works part-time.  Sara and her husband will be expecting a little bundle of joy by the middle or end of February!  She is doing well.  Sara doesn't get much time in the library (about a half hour a week).  The library is open a few hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday if you need supplies.  Please call ahead if possible.

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Helpful Websites

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

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

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

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

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

http://literacyvolunteer.homestead.com
Help with developing writing skills

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

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

Pizzaz: Creative writing lessons

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

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

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

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

Opportunities in ESL: Creative writing/ discussion topics

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

http://www.conversa1.com/
eslcurriculumbeginninglevel.htm

ESL Curriculum, Beginning Level

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

If you try one of the above sites let us know what you think of it, how you used it, did your student enjoy it, etc.

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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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Newsletter Editor - Robbin Henson
litjack@medford.net