Bob Burger - Chair Carol Didier - Library/Bookstore Ellie Scholz - Secretary Fram Nichols - Placement Lois Nobles - Records Liz Koester - RCC/CASAS Coordinator Rose Cossairt - Bookkeeper
Message from the Chair
Hello, Volunteers and Friends
Changes continue to occur at the Literacy Council. Callie Marek trained two volunteers to take on the responsibilities of maintaining student and tutor records. She can now do more volunteering around her household. Liz Koester is our new TOPS liaison with RCC and is busy scheduling CASAS evaluations. Lois Nobles is our new Records person whose duties include maintaining our student and tutor databases.
The Pizza Party, held in September, was both fun and informative. Carolyn Shaw-Strauss from RCC announced that the next joint training for tutors will be November 11 and 12.
Another guest was Steve Patterson, the Financial Director of Rogue Federal Credit Union. He was thanked for the office space the Credit Union gives the Council at minimal charge.
The party was also to acknowledge
our volunteers who provided 100+ hours of
service during the last 12 months. These wonderful
Damon Gragg 109 hours Walda Reeder 136 hours Joe Suste 114 hours Leo Van Dijk 110 hours Chloe Wood 250 hoursRobert Burger and Callie Marek also put in over 100 hours each.
Have a great fall. Oops! Make that ... a great Autumn.
By Bob Burger
Welcome New Tutors
In May the following participated in their
first TELT training session:
Lois Campbell Thalia Keple Michelle Spohn Darby Cooper Deborah Rosenberg Conrad Gartee Robbin PearceThey will be participating in follow-up training on November 11.
Fram Nichols received the Jackson County Community Service Award for October 2005. She was honored on Wednesday, September 28 at the Courthouse Auditorium. Fram was nominated by Ellie Scholz, Council secretary, for her commitment to the Literacy Council. Ellie noted that Fram has worked with the Jackson County Literacy Council for about five years as the placement person. She matches tutors with applicants who wish to learn to read or improve their reading skills or who wish to learn English as a second language. Fram attends monthly board meetings, administers progress reports for students and also attends the training sessions for new tutors and does all this from her wheel chair. Because of Framís work, and others of the Literacy Council, some adults in Jackson County have been able to pass the GED and some have attained their citizenship. Others have improved their job skills and have even started their own businesses.
Lois Nobles Joins Board
Lois Nobles has joined the office staff and board as Records Person, taking Callie Marekís place. Lois keeps track of hours volunteered each month. She also sends out and receives applications for tutors and students and maintains their information in our databases. If someone hasnít already sent out test results, she does. Tuesday is her afternoon in the office.
An Oregonian by birth, she is new to Medford, having recently retired from 36 years in corporate life (financial, newsletters, project management and regulatory work) in San Francisco. She has many interests including gardening, photography, travel, reading, church work, entertaining, and volunteering. She quickly got involved with volunteering at four places in Medford. Our Literacy Council is one of them. At the recent Literacy Council pizza gathering, she was impressed, hearing even briefly, how the tutors work with and inspire their students.
The Literacy Council of Jackson County has recently received a gift from the National Scrabble Association. Six Scrabble games have been added to the Literacy Council library. The games can be a very useful tool for you and your students.
The sets consist of a board, a bag of tiles and racks to hold the letters. Because of the size of the games, I have placed them on the top of a bookcase, above the Level 2 materials. The National Scrabble Association has a website that contains materials you may download to assist you with your Scrabble lesson plans (http://school.scrabble-assoc.com). Click on the Educator Idea tab.
Other games in the Literacy Council Library include AD-LIB, Boggle, Spellmaster, UpWords and Spill and Spell. I hope you and your students will enjoy using some of our games during your tutoring sessions.
By Carol Didier
TELT Gets a FaceLIFT
LIFT (Literacy Instruction For Tutors) is the new name of the tutor training program provided by Oregon Literacy, Inc. and the Department of Community Colleges. The changes will be based on input from both community college and community-based programs. Only 36% of tutors in a focus group felt they were prepared to tutor after participating in a TELT training, the remainder felt they were not ready to tutor; every program involved in the focus groups considered the present manual to be overwhelming for incoming tutors. More than half of the programs think the training should be offered in modules and that learning disabilities and cultural differences need more emphasis.
From Literally Speaking, OLI quarterly newsletter
Chloe Wood has been an ESL tutor for about 4 years. She and I met one sunny afternoon at Bear Creek Park and she shared some of her techniques with me. In the next few issues I will share her ideas with you.
This first installment is based on using pictures from magazines, newspapers, or even, personal photos, which you should laminate so they can be used many times.
Improving reading comprehension:
By Liz Bestor
The Practitioner Toolkit: Working with Adult English Language Learners was designed in response to the increase of ESL students in the United States. It provides support and resources to adult education and family literacy instructors who are new to serving ESL students. The toolkit supplies answers to frequently asked questions, a first-day orientation guide, lesson plans, an annotated list of English and Spanish language assessments in use, and research-to-practice papers on English language and literacy students. These research papers show the best ways to teach English to ESL students. This 244-page toolkit is organized into five sections: Background Information, Activity Packets, Parent Education in Family Literacy Programs, Topics in Adult ESL Education and Family Literacy, and Resources.
As a new immigrant, the lifestyle, laws and opportunities of America might seem opaque and unusual. To help new immigrants adapt to the United States, the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has created the guide Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants. The guide is divided into six sections:
Currently itís available only in English, but according to the website, it will soon be available in Spanish, Tagalog, Korean, Arabic, Portuguese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, French and Haitian Creole. If your literacy organization serves one of these language groups, you might check the website periodically to see when these versions become available.
The guide can be accessed in pdf or html format at uscis.gov/graphics/citizenship/index.htm under Products and Publications. Free Civics Flashcards are also available at this link.
How to Communicate with Police is a free OLI workbook that addresses how to communicate with the police effectively. It comes with worksheets and nine lesson plans. Itís available in Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese.
The guide can be obtained from OLI, 1001 SW 5th Aye, Suite 320 Portland OR 97204 or 503-244-3898
Fire Safety - ProLiteracy has been working with the Home Safety Council and Fire Protection Publications at Oklahoma State University to develop materials to teach critical fire safety information to adults with limited reading or English-language skills. The materials include the following:
A brief video introduction to the Project for fire safety educators and literacy providers.
A userís guide for educators and literacy providers.
Two pictogram teaching cards (visual illustrations of basic fire safety messages for adult learners).
A DVD Flash presentation which teaches adults eight important fire safety lessons through a series of photographic slides with instructions in simple text. These can be used as part of group instruction, or individually on a computer.
A short story in English and in Spanish with photographs and simple text that details home fire escape planning and practice (10 of each).
Two posters and 50 take-home sheets with step-by-step, illustrated instructions for installation of smoke alarms and planning a home fire drill.