Sunday, March 13, 2016

Literacy – Spanning the US: Madison WI :: Bartlesville OK :: Philadelphia PA :: Wisconsin


BPLLS offers one-to-one, small group and classroom instruction in reading, writing, math, comprehension, English as a Second Language, citizenship, computer skills, health literacy, Spanish and other needs that the adult learner might have. These classes cover a wide range of skills depending upon the needs and goals of the learners. For example, some learners want to read to their children and help them with schoolwork. Others want to prepare for the written driver’s license exam or understand printed forms.READ MORE @

Last February, twelve women walked into the kitchen on the fourth floor of the central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. They came from many countries; all were survivors of torture. That day, they were attending a cooking class.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” says Elizabeth Fitzgerald, administrator at the Free Library’s Culinary Literacy Center. She’d been contacted by the Nationalities Service Center, a local organization that helps recent immigrants and refugees settle in after arriving in Philadelphia. The organization asked her to help organize a cooking class for their women’s group.

“All I could think was, I don’t know what their English language abilities are, and we’re going to be talking about how to julienne vegetables,” Fitzgerald tells CityLab.

Her concerns were unfounded. “By and large, they really knew their way around the kitchen,” she says. She watched them perform cuts she couldn’t do; by the end of it, they were sharing photos of their children and grandchildren.  READ MORE @



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