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JULY 2009
A Publication of the Literacy Council of Jackson County
PO Box 615, Medford, OR 97501
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TOPICS IN THIS ISSUE
Notes from the Chair
Records Report
Calendar




Help Wanted
Helpful Websites
Abbreviations Dictionary



Board Members:

              Bob Burger      - Chair

              Ellie Scholz    - Secretary

              Liz Koester     - Placement

              Bonnie Wolfman  - Public Relations

              Nancy Calcagno  - Treasurer in Training


Notes From The Chair

Dear Volunteers and Friends,

    Once again, the Literacy Council started summer with slices of delicious pizza at the Round Table in the Medford Center.  Shop talk was kept to a minimum so we could learn about each other's hobbies.  Seems that gardening won the lion's share of the conversation.

    Representing Rogue Community College (RCC) at the meeting was Carolyn Shaw Strauss.  She explained that the relationship between RCC and the Literacy Council would become informal as of June 30th.  What this means is that our students will no longer have to be assessed in accordance with the CASAS program.  Assessments were required after every 60 hours of tutoring or once a year.  However, most of our students either dropped out of the program before testing or started after testing.  As a result, none of our students registered a gain in reading skills.  This also means that the Literacy Council doesn't qualify to share the state funding received by RCC.

    Sadly, Fram Nichols, our former Placement Officer, passed away last May.  She became ill during a vacation cruise several months earlier and never recovered.

    One of our tutors, Chloe Wood, called in to say that her group of ten ESL students are taking a hiatus for the summer.  This is to be expected as many of our residents work in the agricultural industry.  Let's be glad that somebody is still working.

    Joining with our partner Rogue Learning & Resource Center, we are offering computer usage training and, coming in August, Back-to-School math classes.  Call for more information about these new services.

Bob Burger, Chair

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Records Report

April - June 2009

Volunteer Hours .....148
Student Hours ........141
Students Served .......14

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CALENDAR

Board Meetings

(None for July)
August 19
September 16

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

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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

ADDITIONAL SITES
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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