Volume 10, Issue 11
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
Many thanks to workshop presenter Carol Cochi (top pane above) for introducing us to strategies and skills that will help make our English language learners more proficient, and active listeners.
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!
Happy November, which just so happens to be National Family Literacy Month, a time to gather the family and read together. Reading aloud to children stimulates their imagination and helps them develop language and listening skills that last a lifetime. That works for grandchildren and other kids as well.
Okay, so the midterm elections are over, although some vote tallies continue. What never seems to be mentioned in election news coverage these days is the high number of foreign-born naturalized citizens who are eligible to vote. About one-in-ten people eligible to vote in the U.S. are immigrants who mostly live in five states – California, New York, Florida, Texas, and New Jersey, according to a Pew Research Center study. New Jersey has about 1.2 million immigrant eligible voters, according to the study, of which 32% are Latino, 30% are Asian, 25% are white, and 11% are black.
About 18% of all eligible voters in New Jersey are foreign-born and the top birth countries for these voters are India, Dominican Republic, and the Philippines. New Jersey also has the nation’s highest share of Asian immigrant eligible voters with a bachelor’s degree or higher, at about 66%. You can read more report highlights at: https://pewrsr.ch/3eDrVSc
Finally, don’t forget our annual membership meeting this week, one of the few, if not only, opportunities for all of us to get together, albeit virtually. We’ll elect new board members, catch up with one another, and hear a brief report from our director, Cristhian Barcelos, on the status of our organization.
LVA’s 2022 Annual Membership Virtual Meeting will take place on Thursday, November 17th, from 7:00-7:30 pm, via Google Meet. The video link is https://meet.google.com/ihs-pybw-phg and attendance confirmation is greatly appreciated.
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
“English classes: Seniors show it’s never too late.”
VN Express International. http://bit.ly/3Tu3Tw2
“Is DACA back to square one?” NJ Spotlight News. http://bit.ly/3NZPjeo
“What prevents immigrants from applying for U.S. citizenship?” Record Journal. http://bit.ly/3WO7Pue
Magaly, one of the first female electricians in her Ecuador hometown, wanted to become a police officer but her father, a career cop, discouraged her.
Tutor Training Workshops
Online Training, by TBD
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, & March 1, 2023
Tutor Support Workshops
"Grammar Instruction that Works,"
with Catherine Mitch
Thursday, November 17, 2022
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
"Teaching Beginner ESL Students Through Ventures,"
with Maria Paduano
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Monthly Coffee Hour with Tutors
with Catherine Angus
Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 4:00 pm
Getting to Know Us
‘How illiteracy silenced my father.’
The signs were there throughout his entire life that my father could not write. I can see them now but only with the benefit of hindsight and only when it is far too late. In fairness, he hid them well. He was an old-school stoic and there are many things a man, particularly of my father’s time, could conceal behind a beard, a host of tattoos, and silence. “Still waters run deep” my mother would say of him, or “It’s the quiet ones you have to watch” at other, more apprehensive, moments.
Some of the signs seem obvious now. A heartfelt but garbled message he’d chalked for my mother’s birthday before he left for work. How he would hover around, very slowly and subtly, trying to get us, his primary school-age children, to fill in forms he needed. In terms of boundless curiosity and the vastness of his references, from the intricacies of Brehon Law to the Latin names for plants to obscure battles of the Second World War, he was perhaps the smartest man I’ve ever met. And yet he carried the burden of illiteracy, silently, since he was a boy. Were I not his son in terms of unsentimental temperament, it would break my heart to think about.
In the end, there was no space to hide it any longer, no room left to evade or disguise. It was silence itself that revealed the condition. Unexpectedly and brutally stricken with Covid, my father ended up critically ill in ICU. Breathing via a ventilator and tracheostomy, it was impossible for him to talk. (cont.)
Reprinted from UnHerd. For full story, paste the following link into your favorite web browser address bar: bit.ly/3fOMJeR
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