Volume 9, Issue 9
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
Linguist and educator Stephen Krashen holds some interesting opinions on why U.S. students can’t speak the foreign languages they studied in school, as discussed in our Page 3 story.
Literacy Volunteers of America Essex & Passaic Counties
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Cristhian Barcelos -Executive Director
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Russell Ben Ali -Social Media & Newsletter Coordinator
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Marisol Ramirez -Student Coordinator
Greetings LVA family,
We hope this bulletin finds you safe, happy, and healthy.
If you can read it you’re more fortunate than 750 million adults and 250 million children around the world who lack basic literacy skills.
Illiteracy costs the global economy more than $1.5 trillion per year, according to The World Literacy Foundation. Without a doubt, the ability to read, write, and comprehend language provides the building blocks needed to improve our lives and develop the abilities that lead to self-sufficiency.
Every September we observe International Literacy Day in order to raise awareness about literacy issues around the globe and, hopefully, to do something to improve them. The principal way to help, according to the foundation, is to volunteer. So please continue your good work and if you know anyone who wants to get involved please refer them to us. Many thanks.
We’re happy to announce that our tutor support workshops will begin again next month, after a long summer break. With your help, we introduced these monthly presentations eight years ago, with the aim of keeping volunteers connected and informed through the sharing of ideas and techniques, after they’d completed training. Since then hundreds of volunteers have joined us for sessions offered by dozens of tutors and other educators. Thank you all for nurturing this idea. You can view the support workshops on the next page as well as on website http://www.lvaep.org/workshops.html
We hope that you continue to follow safe and healthy practices during these unusual times. To review state restrictions and advisories regarding the coronavirus, including the Delta variant, please refer to the state website: https://covid19.nj.gov/
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
“They saw ESL classes as a key to the American dream. Here’s how they adapted through COVID.” The News Journal. https://bit.ly/2X88Q65
“Struggling to learn a new language? Blame it on your stable brain.” UCSF.edu https://bit.ly/3k6pbkH
“The U.S. is missing out on $2 trillion per year due to illiteracy. Here are ways you can help.” GO Banking Rates https://bit.ly/3txDvWx
Mariam, a literacy student from the Ivory Coast who speaks several languages, has her sights set on a nursing career and U.S. citizenship.
Tutor Training Workshops
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October 19, 26, November 2, 9 & 16, 2021
Online Training, by TBD
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January 11, 18, 25, February 1, & 8, 2022
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Language curriculum is not effective – new method needed.
Whenever the topic of high school language classes pops up in discussions, one statement gets thrown around nearly every time: “I took three years of the language and can’t even hold a basic conversation!”
Students are quick to accuse their language teacher of being bad at their job or incompetent if they are not fluent or highly proficient at the end of their high school language studies. However, this experience cannot be tied back to a language teacher’s ability to teach.
The fact of the matter is that schools approach language education in the wrong way. We are taught foreign grammar concepts in our native language, tested on conjugations and drilled to repeat scripts — which, in the end, does not properly equip us to learn the language, as articulated by leading linguist Stephen Krashen.
The most important factor necessary in acquiring a second language is input. Input refers to the language information we receive from reading or listening to content with the second language embedded such as conversations, passages from books, movies, etc.
Krashen proposes that we only develop a mental representation of a second language through input and the things we are explicitly taught about a second language in our native language will do next to nothing for acquisition. (cont.)
Reprinted from The Daily Aztec. For full story, paste the following link into your favorite web browser address bar: https://bit.ly/3z33vKD
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
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