Volume 10, Issue 10
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
Learning ways to turn language learners into better readers and writers during “Using the Language Experience Approach,” a tutor support workshop led by Darnelle Richardson.
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!
It’s that time again, friends. Our annual membership meeting is more than just a time to elect new board members, although that’s an important feature of these yearly gatherings, the next of which takes place in just a month. It’s usually the only time that all of us - students, tutors, instructors, teachers, staff, and friends – get together in one place, albeit a virtual place this year, as in recent ones. This year’s meeting also will include a brief report on the status of our organization provided by our director, Cristhian Barcelos.
So please save the date. 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 confirmation of your attendance is greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Darnelle Richardson for a super informative workshop last month on “Using the Language Experience Approach.” Darnelle, a leader in the adult education field for more than three decades, demonstrated how to write and share a story with students, using experiences that students provide, an approach used to turn language learners into better readers, as well as writers. Tutors who were unable to attend the session can contact us for information about Darnelle’s presentation.
We have some exciting workshops coming up this fall, including presentations by educators Carol Cochi, Catherine Mitch, and Maria Paduano. You can find more information about these offerings on the next page of this newsletter or, for more detailed workshop descriptions, on our website:
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
“ ‘No other choice’: Immigrants continue to face language barriers in daily lives.” WFTV9. https://bit.ly/3epLHoz
“The right to read: It took a lawsuit against California.”
“U.S. Department of Education launches $1 million future finder challenge to reimagine career navigation for adult learners.” U.S. Department of Education news release https://bit.ly/3C4dDX5
Rossi, a student from the Dominican Republic, is anxious to improve her English so that she can resume her career as a pharmacist.
Tutor Training Workshops
Online Training, by Barbara Hathaway
Tuesdays, 6 - 8:15 pm
November 1, 8, 15, 29, & December 6 , 2022
Tutor Support Workshops
"Teaching Listening Skills,"
with Carol Cochi, Ph.D.
Platform: Google Meet
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
11 am – 12:30 pm
"Grammar Instruction that Works,"
with Catherine Mitch
Thursday, November 17, 2022
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Monthly Coffee Hour with Tutors
with Catherine Angus
Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 4 pm
Getting to Know Us
Low literacy voters struggle to cast ballots in face of restrictive voting laws.’
As Americans begin to cast ballots in the midterms, voters who struggle to read will confront an election system that relies on literacy. Experts estimate that roughly one in five Americans, including those with disabilities and those who have not learned English, struggle to read in this country. Laura Barrón-López reports.
Literacy tests targeting Black voters have long been part of America's history. Though no longer illegal new voting restrictions implemented since 2020 are creating new barriers to the ballot box for voters with low literacy.
Aliyya Swaby is a reporter with ProPublica South unit, whose article entitled "The Fight Against an Age-Old Effort to Block Americans From Voting" dives into these new laws. And she joins me now. Aliyya, requiring literacy tests to vote are illegal now. But are these new laws limiting access to the ballot effectively modern-day literacy tests?
Yes, that's exactly right. So these new laws are limiting the assistance that voters who struggle to read can receive at the ballot box. And that assistance is really crucial for them to be able to vote and also for them to be able to vote correctly and for the candidate that they actually want to vote for. (cont.)
Reprinted from pbs.org. For full story, paste the following link into your favorite web browser address bar: https://to.pbs.org/3yztkED
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