Sunday, August 2, 2015

Literacy – Spanning the US: Sioux Falls SD :: Manitowoc WI :: Altus OK :: Houston TX

Literacy tutors help open 'whole world' through reading
Adult literacy program tutors at Manitowoc library help connect learners with their dreams
Herald Times: 6.17.2015 by Phillip Bock

Etched in the wall above where Carolyn Martin and Der Thao meet are the words "The whole world opened to me when I learned to read" — a message that resonates with the tutor and her English-language learner.

"I love to read, and reading is so essential to anything you accomplish," Martin, a tutor in the One-to-One Adult Literacy program at the Manitowoc Public Library, said. "I think reading is so important, and I wanted to see if there was something I could do to help others read better."

Martin and Thao have been meeting several evenings a month for the past year as Thao works toward understanding English and attaining her High School Equivalency.

"I want to get a better job for myself and help myself," Thao said. "Being in the United States, I want to know a lot more English and understand people around me."

The One-to-One Adult Literacy Partners program at the library provides individualized literacy tutoring with the goal of helping adults "develop and enhance their skills in reading, writing, comprehending and speaking English," according to the program's website.

"Some of the bravest people I've met are adult learners who walk through the library doors and ask for a tutor," literacy coordinator Michelle Krajnik said. "That's huge."

Citizenship Requires Study
Altus Times: 6.25.2015

Do you remember how many amendments the Constitution has? What kind of government does the United States have? Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and is considered one of the  most culturally diverse communities in the country with approximately 90 languages spoken. Foreign residents in this city are immigrants from all over the world that are here to achieve their American dream, but without speaking and understanding English they may never achieve that dream. HPL knows that it’s crucial for them to learn the language, so it is providing the necessary English literacy skills, as well as playing a vital role in improving the lives of those it serves so that they can achieve their goals. The classes are designed to help them to communicate clearly, continue their education, improve their job skills, help their children with their school work, and become more productive residents.  This service is part of the Library’s mission to link people to the world through literacy learning and life skills. Classes are free and open to the public. For more information call 832-393-1533.  READ MORE !

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