Volume 10, 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.
The Monthly Coffee Hour with Tutors, an informal video call with tutor support specialist Catherine Angus, is a good chance to learn and share a few tips with other tutors. Next one is Oct. 6th.
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!
Ever wonder what the most frequently misspelled English word in New Jersey might be? We didn’t think so, but we’ll share it anyway. If you guessed rhythm, separate, broccoli, embarrass, a lot, or even misspelled, you’re on the right track. And it’s not multiplication (that’s North Carolina), or paparazzi (Minnesota). According to a northjersey.com column, which cites an unnamed study that used Google trend data, the most frequently misspelled word in New Jersey is actually a number: thousand. Go figure. If you think that’s a bunch of bologna (New Mexico, btw), check out the story via this link:
Illiteracy rates have spiked as a result of the disruption of children’s education caused by the pandemic, according to a report by the World Literacy Foundation. Issued on September 8th, International Literacy Day, the report found that nearly 770 million people across the globe can't read a single word and another 2 billion people struggle to read a sentence. The estimated cost of illiteracy to the global economy is estimated at $1.19 trillion, the report states.
"In both developing and developed countries, illiteracy is ruining lives and is linked with an array of poor life outcomes, such as poverty, inequity, unemployment, social exclusion, crime and long-term illness,” said foundation CEO Andrew Kay. https://tinyurl.com/yck89cmv
INSIGHT 2022, the New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning’s literary magazine that features the work of authors from the organization’s Adult Learner Writing Contest, is now available online. You can read the work of our own Sophonie Pierre Louis, a student from Haiti whose “The Little Old Lady” story tied for first place in the fiction category, as well as others. Congratulations, authors! https://tinyurl.com/3unrwae9
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
“Pope on World Literacy Day: ‘May education unite us’.” Vatican News. https://tinyurl.com/yc5v9k2d
“They saw ESL classes as a key to the American dream. Here’s how they adapted through COVID.” PBS. https://tinyurl.com/3hdcthxm
“Best language learning apps in 2022, tested by our editors.” CNN. https://tinyurl.com/mr48emxe
Carolina, a student from Ecuador, is adjusting to life in her adopted country. But the transition hasn’t been easy.
Tutor Training Workshops
Online Training, by Barbara Hathaway
Tuesdays, 6 - 8:15 pm
November 1, 8, 15, 29, & December 6 , 2022
Tutor Support Workshops
"Using The Language Experience Approach,"
with Darnelle Richardson
Platform: Google Meet
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
11 am - 12:30 pm
"Teaching Listening Skills,"
with Carol Cochi, Ph.D.
Platform: Google Meet
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
11 am – 12:30 pm
Monthly Coffee Hour with Tutors
with Catherine Angus
Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 4 pm
Getting to Know Us
‘How adults are sharpening their reading skills later in life. 66% of Cleveland adults are functionally illiterate.’
CLEVELAND — In her late 60s, an experience in the church led Barbara Driscoll to a new life chapter. The mother of 6 said her participation during bible study was limited by her reading skills.
“Everybody in church was doing a verse,” she recalled. “And I asked the pastor if I could. He said, ‘Yeah.’ As I started to read, I broke down and started crying because I couldn’t.”
Driscoll explained she often missed school while growing up in the South because working in the fields was prioritized over going to class. When she moved to Cleveland at age 13, she was pregnant and unable to focus on academics. Her formal education ended several months into the eighth grade.
A fellow churchgoer at Driscoll’s bible study in 2019 directed her to Seeds of Literacy. The Cleveland-based nonprofit organization provides free basic education, GED courses and career readiness training for adults.
“They're very intelligent. They have so much promise and potential, hopes and dreams like everybody else, but they just didn't crack the code for reading,” said Seeds of Literacy Vice President of Programming Dr. Carmine Stewart. (cont.)
Reprinted from News5cleveland. For full story, paste the following link into your favorite web browser address bar: https://tinyurl.com/hebybu6m
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