NOTES FROM THE CHAIR
Dear Volunteers and Friends,
As we begin another year of service to the Jackson
County community, we also begin another search for office
space. On behalf of our board of directors, we give thanks to
the Gordon Elwood Foundation for their
support of providing
office space since 2011. If any of our readers know of a room
or two in an office building that could be used as a charitable
donation, I'd love to hear from you.
I hope you will
find something useful in our issues of TUTORS. Nancy, our
newsletter editor, tries to find articles and challenging puzzles
for each issue. If you have an anecdotal experience you would
like to share
with our readers, please email to us for a future
issue. Nancy would love to have her job made a little
Thank you again, dear volunteers, for your service to
our community. I hope you are all looking forward to sharing
your knowledge for another year.
To all of our readers -
We offer individualized tutoring for Basic Reading,
GED, ESL, Workforce Development Classes, and Citizenship. Our Workforce Development class offers training in
Microsoft Office and Résumé Building.
If you know of anyone who might benefit from our
program, please let them know about our services. The Literacy
Council serves all of Jackson County.
LITERACY COUNCIL OF
WE CAN HELP YOU
If you are struggling, or know of
someone who is struggling with English skills or reading, we have
tutors available for your individual attention, free (at no charge
We help adults learn reading, writing,
English, as well as earning a GED, becoming a citizen, improving
your job skills, pass a driver's test, computer skills, and more.
Call us at (541) 531-0166.
YOU CAN HELP US
We are currently in need of more tutors. If you are
interested in becoming a volunteer, we would love to hear from you.
A tutor will typically spend one or two sessions per
week with an adult learner. These sessions usually run 60 to 90
minutes long. A tutor and an adult learner often work together for 6
months to 2 years.
There are no credentials required. Simply
attend free training sessions and learn how to be an effective
FUN FACTS ABOUT THE ENGLISH
‘E’ is the most commonly used letter in
the English language. In fact, as many as one in eight of all the
letters written in English is ‘e’.
More English words begin with
the letter ‘S’ than any other letter of the alphabet.
The longest English word that
can be spelled without repeating any letters is
The following sentence contains
seven different spellings of the sound “ee”: ‘He believed Caesar
could see people seizing the seas’.
There is no word in the English
language that rhymes with month, orange, silver or
‘Queueing’ is the only word with
five consecutive vowels (five vowels in a row). This is a great word
to use when you play hangman!
English is the official language of the
sky! It doesn’t matter which country they are from, all pilots speak
in English on international flights.
Literacy Council of Jackson
P.O. Box 615
Medford, OR 97501
VISIT YOUR LOCAL
While difficulty with reading, writing, or other
basic skills may not be outwardly apparent, we know there are adults
who daily face these challenges in every community.
Libraries, whose main mission is built on the
bedrock of literacy, have an especially important role to play when
it comes to adult learners.
Adult Library collections include print and digital
materials that meet the readability needs, goals, and interests of
adult learners and the instructional resource needs of adult
Librarians have the training, knowledge, community
connections, and will to help adults with low literacy pursue their
educational, work, and life goals.
Local libraries in Southern Oregon provide community
members with equitable access to technology and the training needed
to use it effectively. Each branch offers free broadband Internet,
including Wi-Fi, and Microsoft Office programs on their computers.
Also offered, are free basic computer classes. For more information,
please call the business office at (541) 774-8679.
TEACHING CHILDREN VS. ADULTS
Teaching adults is different from
teaching children. Adult literacy programs ask even experienced K-12
teachers to go through tutor training because of these differences.
The chart, Children vs. Adults, briefly describes some differences
between adults and children as students.
|Children are directed by others, such as
parents or teachers.
||Adults are largely self-directed|
|In general, children have limited life
||Adults can draw on a lifetime of
|Children are open to new information; they are
malleable and adaptable.
||Adults have a well-developed belief system;
they may reject information that contradicts those
|Children expect to learn in school; they also
tend to learn quickly.
||Adults have various expectations about learning
based on past experiences in school; they generally learn more
slowly than children, but they can learn just as well. |
|Children learn because they are told to learn
and they are expected to learn; they expect that their
learning will help them in the future.
||Adults want to meet immediate goals and needs;
they need to perceive that their learning experience is
valuable and that their time is used wisely.|
|Children attend classes in a group that is the
same age, shares a similar background, and tends to share
similar educational skills.
||Adults come from diverse ages and backgrounds
and, as a group, possess uneven skills and educational