"Punxsutawney Phil's Early
Courtesy of Sarah Lillesve
NOTES FROM THE CHAIR
Dear Volunteers and Friends,
HAPPY New Year! I know,
we're already two months into it, but it's still fun to
Last year ended with a small fund raiser at Walmart in
Eagle Point, more to raise awareness about our program than to raise
money. It was cold out there, but at least it wasn't
Although the Literacy Council keeps a low profile,
people still keep finding us. Welcome new students Anthony,
Todd, and Nicholas. We are always pleased to have new tutors
and students, so keep an eye out for prospects and send them our
Remember, if you were or are a volunteer or student of
the Literacy Council, our newsletter editor Nancy would love to
receive an article from you for the next issue of TUTORS (see Editor
comments). So, If you have an anecdotal experience you
would like to share with our readers, please email it to
Thank you again, dear volunteers, for your service to our
community. I hope you are all looking forward to sharing your
reading skills with our many students who need your
The Literacy Council's sole support is through
donations. As our funds are dwindling, we are in need of your help.
We are a non-profit organization, and all donations are tax
deductible. We appreciate your support!
Literacy Council of Jackson
P.O. Box 615
Medford, OR 97501
LITERACY COUNCIL OF
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Placement ------------------------------------- Liz
A WORD FROM OUR
Cat got your tongue?
We would love to hear how you are doing
with your students and what helps you succeed. Please send your
articles to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
VARK is an acronym for the Visual
(V), Auditory (A), Read/Write (R) and the Kinaesthetic (K) sensory
- The visual learners process the information
best if they can see it.
- The auditory learners like to hear
- The read-write learners prefer to see the
- The kinaesthetic learners like to acquire
information through experience and practice.
Recognizing your student's
learning style is essential for teaching, and their lesson should be
tailored to the characteristic way in which the student learns.
YOU CAN HELP US
We are currently in need of more tutors. If you are
interested in becoming a volunteer, we would love to hear from
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
"When one teaches, two learn."
Affiliated with Laubach Literacy Action and Oregon
Literacy, Inc., the Literacy Council of Jackson County was founded
in 1968 as The Medford Council of Oregon Literacy. We are currently
celebrating our 50th year offering individualized tutoring for Basic
Reading, GED, ESL, Workforce Development Classes, and Citizenship.
It started with a man named Frank Laubach
(1884-1971). Frank and his wife Effa Seely, a nurse, sailed to the
Philippines in 1915 as missionaries of the American Board of
Commissioners for Foreign Missions. After 14 years of a missionary
career of church planting and theological education in the Christian
regions of the Philippines, Laubach arrived at the Lake Lanao area
in 1929 to work among the Muslim Filipino (Moro) population.
Convinced that the usual evangelistic and
educational programs would be counterproductive, Laubach determined
almost immediately that literacy teaching was potentially the more
fruitful approach. In the course of a dozen years of literacy work
among the Moros, his principles ("Each one teach one") and
techniques caught the interest of government, missionary, and
private organizations around the world.
While on furlough in southern Asia and the Middle
East, he and interested friends formed the World Literacy Committee
in New Jersey which later merged with the Committee for Christian
Literature of the Foreign Missions Conference of North America to
form the Committee on World Literacy. After he retired in 1945, he
formed Laubach Literacy Inc. to work worldwide, and in 1968
launched Laubach Literacy Action in the United States. Laubach's
religious faith was the inspiration of his great vision for the
literacy of "the Silent Billion."
By the time Frank Laubach died in 1970, at the age
of eighty-five, his work touched 103 countries and involved 313
languages. He was properly hailed as "Mr. Literacy." His "Each one
teach one" program has been used to teach about 60 million people to
read in their own language.
The Literacy Council of Jackson County continues to
reach out to adults in our community who are struggling with
English skills or reading. We help adults learn reading, writing,
English, as well as earning a GED, becoming a citizen, improving
job skills, pass a driver's test, computer skills, and more.
It is through our wonderful volunteers and students
that allows Frank Laubach's vision for the literacy of "the silent
billion" to continue.
Credits: BU School of Theology
& Peter G. Gowing
Frank Laubach authored many books
and charts for core reading. Laubach Way to Reading is a
highly-structured, phonics-based approach that utilizes controlled
vocabulary to help the lowest-level learner achieve reading success.
Check out our library or you can go Online and purchase his
books at: https://www.newreaderspress.com/core-reading
"We cannot feed all the hungry people of the world.
But we can teach them to feed themselves."