Volume 8, Issue 12
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
Tutors were treated to another informative workshop last month, “Writing Prompts for the Classroom,” by Dr. Erik Jacobson, a coordinator of the NJALL Adult Learner Writing Contest.
Literacy Volunteers of America Essex & Passaic Counties
90 Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
(973) 566-6200, ext. 217 or 225
195 Gregory Avenue, 2nd Floor, Passaic, NJ 07055
Cristhian Barcelos -Executive Director
Russell Ben Ali -Social Media & Newsletter Coordinator
Jorge Chavez -Data Processing Coordinator
Debbie Graham -Education Coordinator
Mary O’Connor -Trainer & Tutor Support Specialist
Marisol Ramirez -Student Coordinator
Greetings LVA family,
We hope you had a joyous and safe Thanksgiving and wish you much happiness in the coming holiday season.
An organization is only as good as its workers and the heart of our team is surely our volunteers and students. This week we celebrated both, in our first virtual membership meeting, for their roles in getting us through an extremely difficult year. They did everything they could to keep their sessions going during the pandemic, communicating with one another through online video platforms, telephone chats and texts, and even mailing and returning assignments through the postal service.
Karen Cardell, who encouraged her students to write to improve their English, which led to several of them being published online, was named Tutor of the Year, one of two such annual awards. “I can’t do the work I do without my students,” said Karen, who briefly joined the meeting while simultaneously tutoring a group of students online. “They make everything wonderful as it is. They really make it worthwhile.”
Nohra Colon, one of Karen’s students and a prolific writer who saw her essays published on NJALL web pages, was named our Student of the Year for Essex County. “I want to say thank you, Karen, thank you everybody, because this is a very good program,” Nohra told meeting attendees.
Randy Budros, who was also cited as a Tutor of the Year, and Quanhy Ha, the Passaic County Student of the Year, were unable to attend.
Sally Rice, president of our Board of Trustees, noted the strong bonds students and tutors form, often leading to long-term friendships. Her colleagues, board members Jordan Fried, Kathy Mollica, and Harsh Parikh, were reelected to three-year terms while a new member, Christina Berwick, was appointed. Her bio, as well as those of other board members, can be found on our website: http://www.lvaep.org/our-team.html
In other matters, the New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning (NJALL) will accept submissions until Mar. 26, 2021 for the 2021 Adult Learners Writing Contest it sponsors. Cash prizes will be offered in five categories - fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, and photography – while winning submissions will be published in the organization’s online magazine. For more information, contact NJALL at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
“12 Common Mistakes Made By Teachers of English-Language Learners,” EdWeek. https://bit.ly/2Jvy1IP
Costa Rican native Carolina is persistent about reaching her goals, whether it be improving her English or finding steady employment in an economic downturn.
Tutor Training Workshops
To Be Announced
Tutor Support Workshops
"Building Vocabulary Through Stories,"
with Mary O’Connor
Platform: Google Meet
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
"Easy Guide for Working With Small Groups,"
with Barbara Hathaway
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
"Get to Know Your Students on a Personal Level,"
with Diana Sefchik
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Additional info: http://www.lvaep.org/workshops.html
Getting to Know Us
“Lost in Translation: How language barriers can add anguish and complicate care for COVID-19 patients who don’t speak English”
Even though Rodolfo Reyes' partner died of COVID-19 complications more than six months ago, he still buys her flowers almost every day.
Her remains are in a small off-white urn on the kitchen counter he turned into an altar. It is surrounded by some of her favorite red and white roses, and votive candles.
“I think about her every single day, and I still can’t believe she is gone forever,” said Reyes in Spanish as he stared into the distance while sitting on a chair in the small dining room of the Little Village basement apartment he once shared with his life partner.
Reyes promised her family that he would take care of her until her last breath. And he did, but he couldn’t save her from the deadly virus that has taken the lives of more than a million people across the globe.
But his deepest pain, he said, is knowing that she died alone, unable to communicate with him, or anyone for that matter.
Maria Isabel Alfaro was 50. She did not speak English, and before her death, she shared the anguish and desperation she felt because she wasn’t able to understand or communicate with the medical staff, Reyes said. (cont.)
Reprinted from The Chicago Tribune. For full story, paste the following link into your favorite web browser address bar: https://bit.ly/3qd6wF6
Learning a new culture is more than studying a language. Tutoring is more than learning techniques. Our “Resources” webpage covers everything from legal matters, health care, & scholarships for immigrants, to professional development for tutors. Give us a look @: http://www.lvaep.org/students.html
Getting to Know Us