Volume 11, Issue 1
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
Maria Paduano’s workshop, “Teaching Beginner ESL Students Through Ventures,” provided tips, tricks and lesson planning strategies to teach students with little prior English knowledge.
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
Catherine Angus -Tutor Support Specialist
Russell Ben Ali -Social Media & Newsletter Coordinator
Jorge Chavez -Data Processing Coordinator
Marisol Ramirez -Student Coordinator
Greetings LVA family!
We at Literacy Volunteers of America, Essex & Passaic Counties, wish all of you a safe, happy, and healthy 2023.
When we look back on 2022, we’re astounded by the accomplishments of our students which were gained, naturally, through their enormous drive and efforts but also with the help of you - our tutors, teachers, and workshop presenters.
Sophonie, a student from Haiti, saw her short fiction story, The Little Old Lady, published in the NJALL magazine, INSIGHT 2022, and won a cash award after it tied for first place in the organization’s Adult Learner Writing Contest.
Then there was Yeimy, a student from Costa Rica, who became a U.S. citizen, passing the test just in time to make a mad dash to grab her first U.S. passport and travel the same day.
Qingling, an English student and artist from Shanghai, China, also became a U.S. citizen last year. On top of that, she won a prestigious 2022 Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant, which comes with an award of up to $36,000 given to artists over the age of 45 who’ve shown a commitment to American art.
Student Carlos, a well-known fashion designer from the Dominican Republic, was able to advance his business after a pandemic slowdown and Esdras, from Guatemala, who was once a dishwasher in an Italian restaurant, was promoted to chef after three years of training.
There were many more student accomplishments worth remembering in 2022 but little space to note them here. Congratulations to all of our students and educators.
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
“ProLiteracy Helps Launch ALL IN Initiative for Social Change through Literacy.” ProLiteracy. https://bit.ly/3ISI9Ij
“New census estimates show a tepid rise in U.S. population growth, buoyed by immigration.” The Brookings Institution. https://bit.ly/3koDfZA
“I Can Have a Future.” Tarrant County College News. http://bit.ly/3CU3D3O
Awa, a student who already speaks some five languages, is studying English to improve her career opportunities.
Tutor Support Workshops
Online Training, by TBD
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, & March 1, 2023
ProLiteracy Distance Education Online Training Series
· Teaching Basic Literacy through Distance Education and
· Teaching English Language Learners through Distance Education
These courses, one for Basic Literacy and another for ESL tutors and teachers, will expand on the lesson planning, teaching strategies, and learning activities found in the basic tutor training program and apply them to a distance learning environment. More info: http://bit.ly/3QOEihy
Coffee Hour with Tutors
with Catherine Angus
Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 4:30pm (Themed meeting)
Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 4:30pm (General meeting)
Getting to Know Us
‘In Their Own Words: Asian Immigrants’ Experiences Navigating Language Barriers in the United States.’
Getting to Know Us