Bob Burger - Chair Sara King Cole - Library/Bookstore Ellie Scholz - Secretary Fram Nichols - Placement Lois Nobles - Records Liz Koester - RCC/CASAS Coordinator Rose Cossairt - Bookkeeper
Notes from the Chair
Hello, Volunteers and Friends
If 2005 seemed to whiz by, then you've been doing something you enjoy. The year whizzed by for me because I enjoy tutoring. As for my students, maybe it dragged by for them, but I hope not.
I wish to take this time to thank all of you who are volunteering for the Literacy Council. Your contribution to the community is both needed and valued. We need more people to take a proactive stand against illiteracy as you are doing.
For those of you who wish to access our library of teaching aids, please call to make an appointment. We have a shortage of volunteers who are able to baby-sit our office. That's one job that'll make the year drag on.
To all of our readers, I wish you a very happy and rewarding new year.
By Bob Burger
"Good-bye" and "Hello"
We must say "good-bye" to Carol Didier, our past librarian who did a wonderful job putting all of the books and games onto the computer. And then a "hello" to Sara King Cole who will be taking over her position.
We must also say "good-bye" to Rose Cossairt our bookkeeper. So, the Council needs a new bookkeeper. Everything is presently entered into Quick Books on the office computer. The job entails coming to the office once a month to balance the books and a second trip to attend board meetings. Please call 245-8699 if you can help with this position.
We need some willing tutors to teach an ever-increasing backlog of waiting students. We have students ranging from Ashland to White City.
Those who need ESL tutors.
We also have six ABE students waiting for a tutor:
Another opportunity for a tutor seeking an assistant position: Beginning on March 7 Chloe Wood will be leading a small ESL class every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lilac Meadows, a low-cost housing complex on Tablerock Road in White City. At least one assistant is anticipated to be needed for each session.
Please call the Literacy Council Office (245-8699) or Fram Nichols (857-2824) for further information.
By Fram Nichols, Placement
A Top Tutor
I have spent most of my life in the Rogue Valley and have tutored for the better part of two years.
I specialize in teaching English as a second language, mainly to speakers of Spanish. I apply techniques and ideas learned from studying linguistics in college to my lessons. I strive to focus on one area of communication at a time and add one more layer of depth to the students' knowledge each time. It can be a challenge to establish a clear view of what we've aimed for, but it's always a benefit for each of us to succeed.
from Damon Gragg
Is Your Student Ready for the Job Market?
How many of the following tasks can your student perform? He will need all of these skills to get and then keep a job. Your student is ready for a job if he:
From: Pre-Employment Work Maturity Skills,
UP - What Does It Mean?
There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is "UP."
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP their old cars.
At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.
And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning, but we close it UP at night.
We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost one quarter of the page and has UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways Up is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP. When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.
One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP for now, my time is UP, so ... Time to shut UP!
Chloe Wood has been an ESL tutor for about 4 years. Here are more of the techniques that Chloe has to share.
1. Make up word cards and then have students put them in proper sentence order. For students having trouble, or very new to English, you might put all nouns in blue, adjectives in red, verbs in yellow, etc. so they can start to visualize how English sentences are constructed. For more advanced students, we agreed that color coding is not necessary.
How Are We Doing?
Aug Oct Dec Tutor Hours 62 48 15 Student Hours 74 62 17 Prep Hours 26 20 2 Travel Hours 16 12 4 Misc. Hours 1 2 0 Admin Hours 54 50 9 Active Tutors 15 12 9 Active Students 25 18 16
It appears that as the weather got nastier and the holidays got closer, students and volunteers found other things to do. It's a new year and time to get back into the "literacy swing."
Lois Nobles, Records
www.netac.rit.edu/onlinenotetakertraining.html - the training at this website is interactive and free of charge. There are three 90-minute modules entitled "What is Note taking," "Taking Good Notes," and "Working with Students and Faculty." There is a final quiz that students can take to test their note-taking skills.
www.vocabulary.com - Vocabulary University uses activities and puzzles to help develop vocabulary. Based on learning roots and cells of words.
From LitBits, a publication of Oregon Literacy, Inc.
Coming Soon - Our Website
The Council will soon have a web site hosted by Oregon Literacy, Inc. Our address will be www.oregonliteracy.org/litjack. Check it out in a few weeks. The site will include all of the pertinent information about contacting the office, have general information about becoming a student or volunteer, and the latest newsletter.