Volume 5, Issue 2
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 became poets for a day as they took words clipped from newspaper headlines and created poetry during Margaret Valentine’s “Using Poetry to Build Language Skills and Vocabulary,” a hands-on, tutor support workshop this month.
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 -Recruitment & Training Coordinator
Jorge Chavez -Data Processing Coordinator
Debbie Graham -Education Coordinator
Mary O’Connor -Trainer & Tutor Support Specialist
Marisol Ramirez -Student Coordinator
Greetings LVA Family,
In the aftermath of the contentious presidential election and a recent executive order that seeks to ban entrance to the U.S. for refugees and others from seven predominantly Muslim countries, non-profit organizations around the country have sought to ease the anxieties of immigrants they are charged with helping. Many of their clients have reported fears of deportation, bias attacks and intimidation.
New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning (NJALL), which quickly issued a “Statement Against Bigotry and Violence” following reports of post-election violence, will team with two non-profits, New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice and Make the Road New Jersey, to offer a free webinar on Friday, February 24, that focuses on strategies to protect the rights of immigrants and implications for adult education. Details on Page 2.
Earlier this month, ProLiteracy President Kevin Morgan wrote of growing concern and anxiety that immigration policy changes are causing students, instructors, and staff. Full statement at: https://goo.gl/YOvOuO
Our own website can be a huge resource to students, with information on everything from immigration legal services to free and low cost health clinics. See our “Resources” page at: http://www.lvaep.org/students.html
While many of us teach English as a Second Language to adults, UNESCO reminds us that mother languages are equally important, and some are disappearing. The UN agency celebrates “International Mother Language Day 2017” on February 21. https://goo.gl/xyM20D
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
‘South Orange Synagogues welcome refugee family,’ New Jersey Jewish News https://goo.gl/vobjcy
‘Fascinating world map reveals each nation’s second language,’ Daily Mail. https://goo.gl/nQR30Z
‘N.J. sued over 'shocking' lack of special education for inmates,’ nj.com https://goo.gl/DmdH2Q
“For more firms, teaching English is in business plan,’ Boston Globe https://goo.gl/IK796s
Esteban, a Peruvian native, has worked his way to become our most advanced ESL student. A computer programmer for years, he’s now planning a very different career.
Tutor Support Workshops
Tutor Support Workshops
“Teaching Vocabulary With Pictures,”
with Mary Kao
Bloomfield Public Library
90 Broad Street, 2nd Floor Boardroom
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Tuesday, March 21, 2017; 1:00-2:30 pm
Please bring a pair of paper-cutting scissors
Tutor Training Workshops
Belleville Public Library
221 Washington Avenue, Teen Center
Belleville, NJ 07109
Tuesdays and Thursdays
March 7-23, 2017; 12:00-3:00 pm
Hilton Branch, Maplewood Memorial Library
1688 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Mondays and Thursdays
April 3-20, 2017; 1:00-4:00 pm
“Immigration Now: An Update on New Immigration Policies and How Communities Are Responding”
Friday, February 24, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm.
Getting to Know Us
Trump’s Promises of Deportations Create Uncertainty for N.J. Family
Getting to Know Us (cont.)