Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tutor Resources :: Explain That Stuff | Gizmo Highway | Heads Up English | My English Pages | National Geographic Education

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Science and Technology Hard stuff... made simple

bringing together technologies; past, present & future

lesson plans based on the news.
ESL materials for speaking, listening, vocabulary, and grammar

Free grammar, vocabulary and speaking lessons, exercises, tests

This Day: background info & vocabulary
about events for every day of the year

Saturday, June 24, 2017

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar :: July 2017

SCLLN Literacy Library Tutor Training Calendar
July 2017

For Local, California and National
Literacy or Library Conferences and Events
Southern California Library Literacy Network

Jul 01 Adult Literacy Tutor Appreciation Day Glendale Library 10a
Jul 05 Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Fontana 5p
Jul 06 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Carlsbad Library 6p
Jul 08 Adult Literacy Tutor Training READ/San Diego Library 10a
Jul 11 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Carlsbad Library 12N
Jul 13 Youth Literacy Tutor Orientation Words Alive San Diego CA 1p
Jul 15 Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Bernardino Co Library Yucca Valley 9a
Jul 15 Adult Literacy Tutor Training Santa Barbara Library 1p
Jul 18 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation READ/OC 1p
Jul 18 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation READ/OC 6p
Jul 19 Adult Literacy Tutor Training San Diego Co Library El Cajon 12:30p
Jul 19 Adult Literacy Learner Orientation Newport Beach Library 6p
Jul 26 Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation Newport Beach Library 6p

Beverly Hills Library Adult Literacy: last Friday month 10:30 - 12 N
LAPL Adult Literacy volunteers receive 7 hours of Online Instruction
Local Tutor Workshops :: Always Scrolling in the Right Frame

Monday, June 19, 2017

Carlsbad Library :: Literacy Book Club

Literacy Book Club Carlsbad Literacy Services
Learning Connection: May/June 2017

Our July book selection, Hidden Figures, includes the audio book!
Is your learner interested in participating in the Book Club? Our small and friendly group of participants are learners from our literacy program. We meet here every other month, so there are usually eight weeks to read the book selection before meeting to share thoughts and discussion.

Book Club selections are chosen with the adult literacy learner in mind and are sometimes Young Reader or Young Adult adaptations. Each learner receives their own free book and CD (if an audio version is available for that book) to keep. We hope you’ll join us! Sign up with the literacy staff.

Tips on How to Use Fiction with an Adult Learner
We have lots of new fiction in our collection. Here are some tips for using fiction in your lessons:

1.  Factors to consider when selecting reading material for your learner.
 Comprehensible to learner’s abilities and interests
 Reflect learner’s language needs and skills
 Address issues/topics relevant to learner’s lives
 Provoke learner’s thinking and discussion

2.  Topics to cover with learner before you begin to read with the selected material.  
 How to handle unknown words
 How to respond and provide feedback to discussion questions
 How to select topics for discussion
 Introduce terms: characters, plot, genre, structure, motif, themes, etc.
 If time allows, read the book first before you begin to read it with your learner
 Prepare topics/questions for discussion.
 Write down vocabulary and/or phrases to review with your learner

3. Tips to give your learner on how to read a book for discussion.
 Read carefully
 Imagine yourself in the story
 Make notes while you go – sticky notes are great for this!
 Think about what the author is trying to tell you, the reader
 Get to know the characters – think about their qualities, faults, and motives.
      Would you want to interact with them? Can you relate to them?
 How does this book relate to your own life?

4.  Different methods to use while reading the book with your learner.
 Learner listens to the book on audio
 Tutor reads book aloud to learner
 Tutor and learner alternate reading aloud
 Learner reads aloud

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tutor Resources :: 5 Minute English | Anglomaniacy | ESL Reading Lessons | Film English | TED 4 ESL |

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helping you learn English with short easy exercises

lots of online lessons, activities, games, songs
and hundreds of printable worksheets

lessons read online with  questions about what they have read

lesson plans designed around short films

ESL lesson plans and worksheets that are based on TED Talks

learn new words, play games that improve vocabulary, and explore language

Friday, June 16, 2017

Los Angeles Public Library :: Writer to Writer 2017

Writer to Writer 2017 Los Angeles Public Library Adult Literacy
READ - A newsletter written by students and tutors: Spring 2017

Wonderfully inspiring letters were submitted by nineteen learners from the Los Angeles Public Library Adult Literacy Program who participated in the Southern California Writer to Writer Challenge.

The “easy” part was to read or listen to a novel, work of non-fiction, or magazine article. Writing can be intimidating for anyone but these writers met the challenge and responded to an author’s words – thereby becoming authors themselves.

You are sure to enjoy these letters from three authors who were honored in their category.

Runner-Up Emerging Writer
Albert Short

Runner-Up Intermediate Writer
Frank Marfetan
Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom

Runner-Up Advanced Writer
Hee Min Yim
Ariadne’s Story, Joyce Hannam

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ventura Co Library :: Carol Chapman Honored by International Literacy Association

Celebrate Literacy Award – International Literacy Association

Carol Chapman, READ Ventura, honored by the International Literacy Association.

The Celebrate Literacy Award recognizes organizations, institutions, and individuals that have made significant literacy contributions at the local, state, or provincial level. The hope is that the celebration will familiarize the public with literacy activities in the community and call attention to the work that is being done by the schools and the International Literacy Association to promote literacy worldwide.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Tutor Resources | Literacy | Reading | Books | Writing | ESL | ELL | Vocabulary | Listening

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Explore a little piece of history everyday with This Day in History posts.

Graded news lessons in 7 levels on current events.

Ready-to-print handouts for English lessons on holidays around the world.

Daily and monthly noteworthy topics with related links to recommended ESL worksheets and activities!

Rhymes Lyrics and poems Synonyms Phrases
Idioms Example sentences.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Orange Co Library :: READ OC :: Dear Paige Turner, Planning Ahead

Dear Paige Turner, Planning Ahead
My learner and I will be taking some time off from tutoring due to our families’ summer plans.
How can I encourage him to keep reading and learning while we are on a break for a few weeks?
READ WRITES: Spring 2017

Dear Planning Ahead,

It’s not too early for you and your learner to create a summer learning calendar to confirm any plans for time off from your tutoring sessions due to summer activities or vacation plans.  You can add special learning opportunities and events to your calendar that you and your learner may want to explore, such as the special Summer Reading activities and events at your library, fun travel activities to use while traveling, and other special events in your community.  (Blank calendar templates can easily be found online to create your own summer learning calendars.)

Don’t forget to check out the special (and always popular) summer programs at your library!  Special events and activities make for an extra special summer that can take you around the world, or travel through time, or to make believe places...all without ever leaving home.

You and your learner can also create your own summer reading challenges, such as trying an online reading adventure with e-books and other fun online resources available through OC Public Libraries website.

If you and/or your learner will be taking a vacation, consider some fun ways to keep reading and writing until you get back together. You can send each other short greetings on post cards or through emails, or keep a summer journal to remember and share new reading or writing challenges.

There are also maps to explore, brochures to read, and photos to share, all of which are great sources for reading and writing when you both reconnect at your tutoring sessions in the library, or enjoy at home with family and friends as you share your summer adventures.

Remember, the LEA is an all season learning tool!  READ MORE @

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Corona Library :: Confessions of an Illiterate Adult Screening :: June 7

Confessions of an Illiterate Adult Screening :: June 7 – 7pm

Join us for a special screening of an episode from the Pivot Network’s Secret Lives of Americans in which Cleo reveals to her family that she can’t read. Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Corona Public Library.

Hear from John Zickefoose, member of the Board for the Corona Norco Unified School District, and former Adult Reading Assistance student. John will discuss his own struggles, how he has overcome them, and the continued work he does with the literacy community throughout the country.

Learn how illiteracy affects 20 percent of local adults, how you can help, and how to get help for someone who needs it.

Secret Lives of Americans is a groundbreaking documentary series that takes an unflinching look at the secrets people keep and the strength that it takes to reveal them to friends and family. In the adult literacy episode, Cleo will reveal her long-held secret to her family. The show will further the conversation on how viewers are impacted by the adult literacy issue in their own communities and provide ways to take action.

If you have any questions about this event please contact Betty Luscher at 951-736-2389

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Tutor Resources :: Literacy | Reading | Books | Writing | ESL | ELL | Vocabulary | Listening

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Daily Writing Prompts | Leveled Reading Articles | Lesson Ideas

BBC Learning English

6 Minute English

English at University | English at Work | News Report
The English We Speak | LingoHack | 6 Minute English
Pronunciation | Drama | Words in the News

Each day, an intriguing Wonder
to explore in a variety of ways

Topics & videos for  strategies, programs,
and resources

“Your English Window to the world.” (2013)
Daily Podcast | Subject Archives | Phrases

Choose one or a few dates during the year to raise
awareness about the social issues that most move you.
Kids | Youth | Adults | Calendar | Quotes | Heroes | Stories

Friday, June 2, 2017

San Diego Co Library :: English Learners Write about Their Favorites

English learners write about their favorites

Participants in the Laubach English as a Second Language (ESL) Program at the Ramona Library held their 2017 Focus on Writing Celebration recently at the library.

The writing event is held every year in the spring to give English learners the opportunity to use their writing skills and to encourage writing. This year 15 learners from beginner to intermediate levels wrote on the topic, “My Favorite ...”

Each participant was awarded a certificate and a book donated by the Laubach Literacy Council of San Diego County (LLCSDC). The council in partnership with the San Diego County Library offers ESL classes in libraries, including the Ramona Branch, as well as in other non-library centers.

About 250 tutors serve an estimated 800 adult learners throughout the county making LLCSDC the largest totally volunteer ESL organization in the county. READ MORE @