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JANUARY 2009
A Publication of the Literacy Council of Jackson County
PO Box 615, Medford, OR 97501

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



Notes From The Chair

Dear Volunteers and Friends,

   As usual, many changes are taking place with the Literacy Council.  We have a new E-mail account LITERACY@JUNO.COM and a new address for our Web site:

HTTP://ROGUELRC.ORG/LITJACK
We have more Board openings for our supporters to consider.  Lastly, we are happy to welcome many new volunteers to our program.

   Serving since 2002 as the Placement Coordinator for the Literacy Council, Fram Nichols has decided to resign.  What a blessing Fram has been for the Council.  She has placed hundreds of students with volunteer tutors resulting in a very high success rate.  She received the Jackson County Community Service Award in October 2005.  We thank Fram very much for her valuable contribution.

   Another vacancy opened when our librarian, Lea Richards, resigned.  Lea helped organize the backlog of checked out books.  We need her position filled before a new backlog develops.  Another thank you to Lea for her benevolent contribution.

   Welcome to our newest volunteer applicants:  Jennifer Browne, Nancy Calcagno, Sherry Sherman, and Bonnie Wolfman.  They are expected to attend our next tutor training seminar on January 21.

To all of our readers ... HAPPY 2009!

Bob Burger, Chair

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Records Report

July 2008 - December 2008

Volunteer Hours ..... 263
Student Hours ...... 109.5

The Literacy Council served 5 adult students.

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CALENDAR

Board Meetings

January 21
February 18
March 18

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 our July 2008 issue.

Opinions, rather than facts, can obfuscate the issue.

Try to solve this puzzle using these letters:

S Q U N K A C I D

Find the word that fills in the blank:

Learning to read can pull you out of the ______________ 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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Newsletter Editor - Robert Burger
literacy@juno.com