Volume 9, Issue 7
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
It was great to see Stepanie Mazzeo-Caputo again last month, when the career coach and former tutor led the workshop "How Understanding Personality Can Improve Your Tutoring.”
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
firstname.lastname@example.orgCatherine Angus -Tutor Support Specialist
Russell Ben Ali -Social Media & Newsletter Coordinator
Jorge Chavez -Data Processing Coordinator
Marisol Ramirez -Student Coordinator
Greetings LVA family,
It has been a pleasure to work with Mary O’Connor, a retired teacher and school principal who for years served as our tutor support specialist, providing help and information to volunteers who found themselves with questions or issues in their roles as tutors. Mary, our first tutor support specialist since the position was created, retired last month but, thankfully, will continue working with us as a trainer and volunteer tutor. We wish you all the best, Mary, and hope that you find plenty of worthwhile activities to fill your time, now that things are finally reopening.
Tutors with questions and concerns can still find help through the newest member of our team, tutor support specialist Catherine Angus. She has years of experience as an ESL teacher and an advocate for immigrants and students in Canada and the U.S. Please join us in welcoming Catherine to our team, which you can learn more about on our website: http://www.lvaep.org/our-team.html
Here’s a useful item for a tutor’s tool kit: Voice of America’s Learning English, a daily broadcast aimed at English language learners, which features slow speakers and limited vocabulary. Last month’s broadcasts featured everything from the plight of aging farmers in China to the struggle to obtain COVID vaccines in Africa. https://bit.ly/3xqSyCt
Ever consider keeping a journal in order to help learn a new language, whether that language be English or any other? Now you’re probably thinking, ‘I don’t keep a diary in my native tongue, why attempt one in a foreign language’? Well, a journal needn’t be nearly as personal as a high school diary and studies show that foreign language journals help improve vocabulary, reading and writing abilities, and understanding of everyday language. Here’s a story on a recent study on journals: https://bit.ly/3xqSyCt and advice from Babbel on how to get started: https://bit.ly/3qVoKeK
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
“In the Heights Knows the Second-Generation American’s Dilemma.” The Atlantic. https://bit.ly/3vlMV6P
“The six most effective instructional strategies for English language learners, according to teachers.” Education Week. https://bit.ly/3A5KRDr
“Study shows second language learning can happen quickly.” News.ku.edu. https://bit.ly/3qw6NDn
Summer, a student from China, is nervous about her pronunciation skills but made it through a half-hour telephone interview in English with few problems.
Getting to Know Us
“I’m Willing to Fight for It.” Learning a Second Language as an Adult.”
Getting to Know Us