Sunday, September 27, 2020

Literacy – Spanning North America :: Antigonish NS :: Sturgeon Falls ON :: Columbus NE :: Venice FL

Literacy In The News :: Spanning North America

From Learning Her ABCs To Helping Newcomers Resettle: Syrian Refugee Wins Literacy Award

Saltwire: 9.10.2020 by Noushin Ziafati The Chronicle Herald

Three years ago, Malak Alahmad came to Nova Scotia without any English language skills.

“I remember when I come, I don’t know anything about Canada or English. I don’t know the ABCs,” she said in an interview Thursday.

Alahmad, who came to the province with her family from Jordan in September 2017, after fleeing the civil war in Syria, admits she felt lost.

“When I come here, there was nothing, no friends,” she recalled. “I just think, ‘How I will live here with my family? How I will go to school, doctors?’ I just feel (it would be) very hard for me.”

But, as the Syrian mother of four says, studying will help you come a long way.

Alahmad was recently named a recipient of the 2020 Council of the Federation Literacy Award. Presented in each province and territory, the award celebrates outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy.


As advised by community members, soon after she arrived in Nova Scotia, Alahmad visited her local library — the Antigonish County Adult Learning Association — where she began to take English lessons.  READ MORE ➤➤

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Grade Level: 8

Reading Level: standard / average.

Reader's Age: 12-14 yrs. old

(Seventh and Eighth graders)

Literacy Goes 'Far Beyond Learning'

North Bay Nugget: 9.10.2020 by Dave Dale, Local Journalism Initiative

Learning to read, write and understand important issues saves lives and creates future opportunities, says Nanditta Colbear, executive director of the Literacy Alliance of West Nipissing.

“It goes far beyond learning. It provides hope,” Colbear says, explaining why her group worked hard to reopen in April just weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

“We did not miss a beat” other than closing for a few weeks to gather information and create protocols, she says, noting staff also were quick to engage learners for coaching over the telephone and video conferencing.

“Literacy means that much to our learners … it is their lifeline to positive outcomes.”

Colbear is featured in a new video sponsored by the Mid North Network of the Northern Literacy Alliance to help raise awareness of the free services agencies offer.  READ MORE ➤➤

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Based on 7 readability formulas:

Grade Level: 12

Reading Level: fairly difficult to read.

Reader's Age: 17-18 yrs. old

(Twelfth graders)


Area Nonprofits Earn Grants For Adult Education

Columbus Telegram: 9.10.2020 by Hannah Schrodt

Centro Hispano and Platte Valley Literacy Association have received grants to help support adult education programming in the Columbus area.

First National Bank of Omaha has awarded both organizations $5,000 each. A press release from the bank states that $5,000 had also been awarded to Proteus Inc. in Columbus for financial literary courses for farmworkers, but the Telegram was unable to find a contact for that organization by press time Wednesday.

Karina Perez, executive director of Centro Hispano, said the monies will be used for technology that clients may not have access to and is needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Centro Hispano is a nonprofit that aims to engage the community in civil activities and bridge the gap between different cultures; encourage community involvement and higher education among the youth; and guide a path to citizenship by providing affordable immigration services at low cost and referrals to community members.

“A good chunk of that will be laptops so that will kind of help fit that piece of the puzzle (for) the individuals in our communities who don’t have access to that. (They) will be able to get it from us,” Perez said, noting the nonprofit also has classes for people looking to get savvier when it comes to using a computer for things like creating a resume.


The Platte Valley Literacy Association also provides adult education classes, including English as a second language, GED, citizenship and computer classes.

“It’s called a workforce stability grant,” said Mary Wiegand, executive director of the Platte Valley Literacy Association. “It’s for organizations like ours that deal with low-income clients, low literacy. A lot of our clients can’t get jobs because they lack certain skills – some of them are English skills, some are computer skills.”

The grant will be used to start an employability skills class.  READ MORE ➤➤

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Grade Level: 13

Reading Level: difficult to read.

Reader's Age: 18-19 yrs. old

(college level entry)


Mayor Recognizes Literacy Awareness Month

Your Sun: 9.12.2020 by Joe Pokorney

Through the month of September Literacy volunteers of South Sarasota County will actively participate in the 28th annual National Literacy Month to bring awareness to the fact that more than 36 million American adults struggle to read, write, do math, and use technology above a third grade level.

Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County is part of a national network of organizations that work every day to end the adult literacy crisis.

Through the Mayor’s office proclamation on August 31, Venice recognizes the value and contributions of Literacy Volunteers to improving the quality of life of South County residents.

“About one in six adults is still not literate,” said Penny Corell, president of Literacy Volunteers. “Here at home, in Sarasota County, 14 percent of adults 16 and older are at or below Level 1, the lowest basic literacy level. Literacy helps families be healthier and safer and provides people sustainable opportunities to support themselves through work, contributing ultimately to the economic growth of our region and our country.”  READ MORE ➤➤

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Based on 7 readability formulas:

Grade Level: 15

Reading Level: very difficult to read.

Reader's Age: College graduate

Friday, September 25, 2020

Digital Storytelling for Younger & Older Learners ▬ TEFL Matters

Digital Storytelling for Younger & Older Learners

TEFL Matters:
3.25.2015 by Marisa Constantinides

Digital Storytelling & Adult Learners 

Picture this:

You are talking to a colleague at work – first thing in the morning while having your coffee. There was this young man standing in the queue in front of you on the way to work and he was wearing the strangest outfit; his hair was dyed blue and he had five rings on every single finger. He was breathing hard, as if he had been running, and then he turned around, looked at you straight in the eye and said….

Instead of writing it, the pupils can record it using Voki as in the example below. They can use their own voice to record the story, or, they can choose to type the story in and let it be read by one of the avatar voices included in the site! This can be a good first step with them recording later, once they get the hang of it.

A ‘cliffhanger’ story – the students can record part of it using their own voice or the digital voice and the class can try to guess the rest of the story; the ending can be recorded by the pupils by making their  own voki (example follows) or, alternatively, this whole activity can be done using Voicethread (again an example follows in the second part of this post)

We feel compelled to tell stories.

We tell each other stories every day of our lives, stories meant to help us connect, stories that echo our friends’ stories which makes us feel closer to them, stories that amuse or stories we invent – literary would exist without this strong human need.

Stories are a major part of how we communicate and how we teach – often, they are more powerful than direct instruction. They seem to reach parts that lecturing or direct instruction often are unable to!

Narrating & Adult Communication

Whether learning English on a general purpose course or on a specialist language focus programme, narration is an important part of developing fluency.

Personal narratives or anecdotes can motivate adults to produce long turns, to sustain talk for longer than the disjointed fragments of question and answer conversations common to a language lesson.

They can be rehearsed and satisfy the adult learner’s need for meaningful and motivating controlled practice

➤ They provide more concrete evidence of progress to the teacher (and the learner herself/himself)

➤ They are great for homework which can be recorded digitally in some way – adults are more likely to be motivated by this time of homework assignment.

➤ They can build the basis for great presentation skills, which seems to be a skill more and more in demand in a world of online conferences, google hangouts, product presentations and online tutorials uploaded on you tube.

➤ They can form the basis of good report writing

➤ They can help the adult user establish and maintain better personal and business relationships with other L2 users.

Stories help adults with …

… language
… cultural awareness
… social awareness
… motivation
… oral & written fluency

Stories help adults develop …

… confidence
… social relationships
… ability to sustain talk or writing
… ability to concentrate
… auditory ability
… multiple intelligences
… critical thinking
… creative thinking


Automatic Readability Checker

Based on 7 readability formulas:

Grade Level: 14

Reading Level: fairly difficult to read.

Reader's Age: 21-22 yrs. old

(college level) 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

COABE ▬ National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week ▬ Call for $1B in Federal Funding

COABE, 100+ Partners Mark National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week With Call for $1B in Federal Funding                                       Additional Funding Needed to Help Nation's Adult Education System Recover, Reskill Displaced Workers for Jobs

Twitter Storm

PR Newswire:
9.21.2020 by Coalition on Adult Basic Education

Joined by more than 100 state, national and corporate partners, including Amazon, Google and IBM, the National Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) is intensifying its effort during National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week to secure $1 billion in federal funding to help adult education programs and their learners recover from the pandemic.

National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week began Sunday and runs through Saturday, Sept. 26. During this week, COABE is spearheading a full schedule of activities designed to amplify the call on Congress to provide the additional funding and on state governors to allocate federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) stimulus funding to the adult education recovery.  

The call for additional funding comes at a time when the education and skills provided by the nation's system of adult education are needed to help reskill or upskill low-skill Americans into new jobs that provide family-sustaining wages. According to recent findings published by the American Institutes for Research, 43 million adults in the United States lack the skills needed for the bulk of the nation's family-sustaining careers.

"Adult education is an important part of our nation's economic recovery from COVID-19," said Sharon Bonney, CEO of COABE, which represents the field of 65,000 adult educators nationally. "It's low-skilled adults who are more likely to be negatively impacted by the current economic crisis and who are in need of upskilling. Adult education programs are struggling to get back on their feet and need help so they can safely and adequately educate displaced workers and give them the skills they need to get back to work, this time in better jobs."

The nation's system of adult education has been hard-hit by COVID-19. Programs have struggled with the transition from brick and mortar to a virtual setting; to train educators to deliver online instruction; to provide students with the technology needed for at-home learning; and to find – and afford – the physical space and personal protective equipment needed for safe social distancing for the return to in-person learning.

Of the more than 43 million adults who could benefit from services in the U.S., 1.5 million adults, with 74 percent of them being persons of color, received instruction under the Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act (WIOA). COABE estimates the return on investment for adult education, which includes preparing adults to earn their High School Equivalency diploma, is $2.5 billion in tax revenue and reduced expenses for every 400,000 adults who earn a high school diploma – a savings of $6,250 per person. 

The week's activities include Virtual Hill Meetings with governors and members of Congress, led by state adult education associations; a Twitter "storm;" and daily awards ceremonies to honor elected officials, at the local, state and national levels, who have shown leadership in the area of adult education. View the full schedule of events and elected officials to be honored.

Among the partners joining the effort are Amazon, The Barbara Bush Foundation, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Google, IBM, Markle, the National Association of State Directors of Adult Education, National Coalition for Literacy, National Governors Association, National Skills Coalition, SkillsUSA, Strada Network, Tyson, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and The United States Conference of Mayors.

View the list of corporate partners.


The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) is a non-profit organization that champions increased access and investment in adult education, leading to higher-quality instruction and greater student outcomes. We employ innovative and effective strategies to reach more adults who struggle with literacy, numeracy and problem-solving. COABE represents the field of nearly 65,000 adult educators and provides a variety of services, including professional development through annual, state-of-the-art national conferences, more than 50 webinars annually, and publication of the COABE Journal.

Automatic Readability Checker

Based on 7 readability formulas:

Grade Level: 14

Reading Level: difficult to read.

Reader's Age: 21-22 yrs. old

(college level)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Literacy – Spanning North America :: Ottawa ON :: Vancouver BC :: Oklahoma City OK

Literacy In The News :: Spanning North America

Canada's Premiers Announce 2020 Literacy Award Recipients

Newswire: 9.08.2020 by Canada's Premiers

On the occasion of International Literacy Day, Canada's Premiers today announced the recipients of the 16th annual Council of the Federation Literacy Award . Presented in each province and territory, the Award celebrates outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy.


Premiers recognize the importance of literacy in enabling participation as a full and active citizen in all areas of society. Created in 2004, the Award celebrates adult learners who undertake literacy training, as well as the valuable contributions made by Canadians in the field of literacy, including family, Indigenous, health, workplace, and community literacy. The Award is presented to learners, educators, volunteers, community organizations, and businesses in each province and territory.


2020 Council of the Federation Literacy Award Recipients

Portage College's Community Adult Learning Programs (CALPs) – Alberta

learner-centred foundational learning programs that allow adult Albertans to develop the necessary skills for further learning, employment and/or increased quality of life.

Story Studio – British Columbia

a non-profit, literacy-focused organization that inspires, educates and empowers youth to become great storytellers.

Awet Biagaber – Manitoba

is a determined and resilient learner with a passion for mentoring youth. Having overcome painful and challenging life experiences including traumatic injuries, Awet is determined to succeed in his education and commitment to helping others. Through volunteering with organizations such as the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM), he shares his life experiences to assist and motivate others.

Elaine Johnson-Chafe – Newfoundland and Labrador

In 2019, made the life-changing decision to obtain her high school diploma. After leaving school at an early age and working the same job for over twenty years, Elaine became unemployed and saw an opportunity to fulfill the dream of improving her education.

Peter Sawyer – New Brunswick

has worked in adult literacy since the late 1970's. As Chair of the Greater Moncton Literacy Council he aided in establishing Laubach Literacy Canada.

√Člizabeth (Betty) Levasseur – New Brunswick

has been involved in literacy for more than thirty years. She first started in the Adult Learning Centre in Clair when learning centers were supported by municipalities and fundraising activities were the major source of funding.

Delores Vittrekwa – Northwest Territories

has been running literacy programs for toddlers, children, teens, young adults, adults and elders for the past 8 years.

Malak Alahmad – Nova Scotia

came to Canada with her family from a Jordanian refugee camp in 2017, after having fled the civil war in Syria. As a young mother of four who had no English language skills, Malak set out to adjust to her new life in Canada in stride.

Charmaine Okatsiak – Nunavut

passion for helping Rankin Inlet youth learn and speak Inuktitut comes from her mother, an Inuktitut teacher, and father, a youth program coordinator.

Fatuma Hassan – Ontario

in Somalia, Fatuma never had the opportunity to attend school and had never learned to read or write; started her English as a Second Language literacy class at Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor.

Linda Fraser – Prince Edward Island

began teaching Adult Education in Abegweit First Nation in 2008 through a partnership with Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI, Abegweit First Nation, Holland College and the Province.

Absa Diop РQuébec

is an adult literacy student at the Centre de formation L'Impulsion.

Renae Lech – Saskatchewan

is a literacy volunteer who began volunteering for the Great Plains College English as a Second Language program in Gravelbourg in 2015.

Liard First Nation Language Department – Yukon

worked for decades to promote, preserve, revitalize and maintain the Kaska language.  READ MORE ➤➤

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Based on 7 readability formulas:

Grade Level: 16

Reading Level: very difficult to read.

Reader's Age: College graduate

September Is Literacy Month

Northern View: 9.03.2020 by K-J Millar

Literacy month has kicked off in September with International Literacy Day (ILD2020) being recognized on Sept. 8, by many community-based programs across the province.

This year, International Literacy Day will focus on literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, Decoda Literacy Solutions a province wide literacy organization said, in a statement on Sept. 3.

Prince Rupert Chief Librarian Joe Zelwietro said literacy is extremely important to him and he sees many patrons at the library with varying levels of literacy. Prior to COVID-19, he said there would be informal tutors at the library assisting students and those learning English as a second language to improve literacy.  READ MORE ➤➤

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Based on 7 readability formulas:

Grade Level: 12

Reading Level: difficult to read.

Reader's Age: 17-18 yrs. old

(Twelfth graders)

Nonprofit Offers Technology Training For Adults Navigating Virtual School With Children

Oklahoman: 9.10.2020 by Carla Hinton

A local organization specializing in adult literacy and career education training will turn its focus toward helping parents whose children are attending virtual school.

Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County, known as OIC, will offer a series of Chromebook training classes on Saturday at its headquarters, 3033 N Walnut Ave.

DesJean Jones, OIC's executive director, said the two-hour sessions are geared for parents of students in Oklahoma City Public Schools.

She said the organization aims to give parents the tools they need to help their children through the district's virtual classes, which began on Aug. 31. As part of the district's virtual school plan, students received Google Chromebooks or Apple iPads, depending on their grade level, to access online classes.

She said many OIC students began talking about their need to learn more about Chromebook so they could help their children navigate through their online classes.

Jones said the nonprofit had already started a technology loaner program so that OIC students could be connected to the organization from home during the pandemic.  READ MORE ➤➤

Automatic Readability Checker

Based on 7 readability formulas:

Grade Level: 13

Reading Level: difficult to read.

Reader's Age: 18-19 yrs. old

(college level entry)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Write Offs: Eight Adults Take A Crash Course In Literacy ▬ iNews

The Write Offs: What Happened When Eight Adults Who Struggled With Reading & Writing Took A Crash Course In Literacy

9.18.2020 by Rachael Pells

One of the most embarrassing moments of Tommy Dawkins’ life happened as he arrived at US immigration in Florida ahead of a family holiday. “We were given the arrival forms to fill in on the plane and my wife was helping me,” he recalls. “But when I got to the desk at the airport they said, ‘You’ve done it wrong – go and stand over there and fill it in properly’.  

“I was with my kids and my grandchildren and I felt humiliated. It took me right back to my schooldays, having to stand in the corner like a naughty child.”

At 66, Dawkins is one of the estimated 8.5 million adults in the UK who struggle with basic reading and writing skills. This makes seemingly straightforward tasks such as writing down an address or reading instructions a huge and stressful ordeal.

The shame of adult illiteracy


Since then, Dawkins has become heavily involved with public speaking on the subject of adult illiteracy, even earning an MBE in the process. He is also one of eight volunteers to appear in the Channel 4 documentary The Write Offs, which starts tomorrow.

Making The Write Offs

The two-part series, presented by Sandi Toksvig, follows a group of participants aged 22 to 66 as they are given a crash course in basic literacy skills and challenged to take part in some daunting everyday tasks, such as following directions in an unknown town, grocery shopping or following a recipe. In doing so, they highlight how impenetrable the world must feel to those who can’t interpret it.  READ MORE ➤➤

Episode 1  Tue 22 Sep, 9.30pm  Channel 4

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Based on 7 readability formulas:

Grade Level: 10

Reading Level: standard / average.

Reader's Age: 14-15 yrs. old

(Ninth to Tenth graders)



Monday, September 21, 2020

Where To Find Literacy Worksheets For Adults ▬ ABC Life Literacy Canada

Where To Find Literacy Worksheets For Adults

✽ ABC Life Literacy Canada Blog:

In order to keep adult learners engaged throughout their learning, they need to be offered a variety of innovative programming and course material, including worksheets. For a community learning organization, knowing where to find literacy worksheets for adults can sometimes be a challenge.  

The following list of free resources can help keep your adult learners motivated:

Workplace Literacy Worksheets

Having strong employability skills can help workers secure meaningful employment in a competitive job market. These skills help workers to be adaptable and motivated throughout their employment and as they move into new roles or careers. Workers equipped with adequate skills also contribute more productively to a workplace and experience less work-related stress.

UP Skills for Work is a program offering free resources on nine key employability skills that hiring managers look for, including motivation, attitude, accountability, presentation, teamwork, time management, adaptability, stress management and confidence.

Literacy practitioners can download activity sheets or full workbooks on each of the skills on the UP Skills for Work website.

Digital Literacy Worksheets

Estimates say that around 84 per cent of jobs in Canada currently require the use of a computer and basic technical skills. With even low-skilled jobs increasingly requiring a basic level of digital literacy, it’s important that all Canadians are equipped with the appropriate skills.

Youth Teaching Adults is a free introductory digital literacy program for adult learners, led by youth volunteer-tutors.

With several free lesson plans available for free download, learners can follow simple step-by-step instructions on how to use tools such as Facebook, Spotify and Google News.

Financial Literacy Worksheets

Financial literacy is important if you want to shop smart during your daily errands, understand banking transactions and investments and, most importantly, realize the full value of your dollar. Money Matters, a free introductory financial literacy program offered to adult learners, newcomers to Canada, Indigenous Peoples and people with diverse abilities, helps learners build confidence in financial-related matters.

With engaging workbooks and learning activities available for free online, learners can discover topics like borrowing, budgeting, saving and money safety.

Health Literacy Worksheets

ABC Health Matters is a free health literacy program delivered to adults via a three-hour workbook-based workshop or through independent study at home. Upon program completion, adults can manage health services and information more effectively.

Download health literacy worksheets from the program for tips on visiting the doctor, speaking with a pharmacist and patient rights.

Essential Skills Worksheets

There are nine Essential Skills identified by the Government of Canada that are the foundation for all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change. These skills are used in every job to varying degrees and at different levels of complexity. They provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to adapt to change in their lives and at work.

Improving essential skills is critical for the Canadian workforce. With these essential skills workbooks and activities from the Activate Learning program, learners can improve their skills and ultimately improve their employment opportunities.  READ MORE ➤➤

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Based on 7 readability formulas:

Grade Level: 16

Reading Level: very difficult to read.

Reader's Age: College graduate

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Indian Trail NC :: Pittsburgh PA :: Chester PA :: Sacramento CA

Literacy In The News :: Spanning the US

Hurricane Devastates Man’s Homeland, Carolina Literacy Program Preps Him For College

WSOC TV: 9.11.2020

A 38-year-old Indian Trail resident moved with his wife and 16-year-old daughter to the area almost two years ago after hurricanes devastated his native islands.

Dion Rymer didn’t know how his family—both locally and those still in the British Virgin Islands—would react when they found out he enrolled in Common Heart’s adult literacy program to improve his reading and writing skills. He describes their reactions in two words: “Very proud.”

He was working full-time to support his family, but still had a dream to go to college and prepare for a career in information technology.

Now, almost a year later, he’s completed the program and is enrolled at Central Piedmont Community College, taking the first steps toward the career he wants.

Common Heart received a $5,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant is part of more than $8.6 million awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits and other organizations in communities where Dollar General Stores are found.

Rymer’s success story is a true highlight for the Literacy Volunteers program which allowed him to set and then achieve reachable goals.  WATCH 02:39

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Based on 7 readability formulas:

Grade Level: 11

Reading Level: fairly difficult to read.

Reader's Age: 15-17 yrs. old

(Tenth to Eleventh graders)

Literacy Pittsburgh In Need Of Volunteers For Adult Education Programs

CBS Local: 9.02.2020  

The coronavirus pandemic has caused issues for adults looking to further their education.

Adult literacy programs are looking for help as hundreds of people are submitting applications for free tutoring services. But few are actually volunteering as tutors.

“Adult education is something a lot of folks don’t think about, but there really is a great need,” Maria Polinsky of Literacy Pittsburgh told KDKA.

The organization is swamped. Literacy Pittsburgh prepares adults in Allegheny and Beaver counties for the workforce by providing free tutoring to more than 5,000 people each year.

“In Allegheny County alone there’s about 54,000 adults who either don’t have a high school credential or don’t have the adequate English language skills,” said Polinsky.

With high unemployment rates this year because of the pandemic, more people are looking to up their education to pivot careers.

“People need skills to be ready for the workforce of today,” said Polinsky.  WATCH 02:01


Automatic Readability Checker

Based on 7 readability formulas:

Grade Level: 10

Reading Level: fairly difficult to read.

Reader's Age: 14-15 yrs. old

(Ninth to Tenth graders)

'News for You' Grant Helps Literacy Students Learn Online Radnor: 9.03.2020  

In March of 2020, the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) was awarded a Mobile Learning Fund Grant from ProLiteracy. The grant provided a free subscription to News for You Online, a weekly newspaper with topical articles and literacy lessons that can be accessed online.

The timing of the grant turned out to be extra-helpful, given that DCLC interrupted all in-person learning on March 13, 2020, in accordance with Governor Wolf's stay-at-home orders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Since March 13, DCLC Teachers have been holding their classes in basic literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), and GED preparation online. DCLC's volunteer tutors have also been reaching out to their adult students via online video platforms, video chats, and by telephone. News for You Online has come in handy during this shift in instruction.

According to ESL Teacher James Stein, News for You Online is "easy to use during online classes since I can screen-share it and make use of the online features, such as the interactive article exercises. Sometimes I assign homework based on the Teacher's Guide or we use it as a basis for class discussion. I like that there have been several articles related to COVID-19, which is on everyone's minds.  READ MORE ➤➤

Automatic Readability Checker

Based on 7 readability formulas:

Grade Level: 12

Reading Level: fairly difficult to read.

Reader's Age: 17-18 yrs. old

(Twelfth graders)

Writer to Writer Celebration Event

CLA Calendar: 9.8.2020

Join adult literacy learners and State Librarian Greg Lucas in honoring the winners of the annual Writer to Writer Challenge! Writer to Writer is an annual writing contest held in literacy programs in Southern California Library Literacy Network libraries and Monterey County Free Library.

Learners read a book, then write a letter to the author about the impact the book had on their life. 

Hear the learners read their letters and get inspired to create your own Writer to Writer letter.