Saturday, October 20, 2012

"Berwyn citizenship program opens doors for locals" - Berwyn Life

Saturday, October 13, 2012

"Berwyn Public Library hosts ongoing citizenship prep course" - Berwyn Life

A forthcoming article in the Berwyn Life newspaper showcases the success of 4 new citizens and Berwyn volunteers who helped them study for the test and practice for the interview.

Click here to see pictures!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Literacy Volunteers in Oak Park help people make connections" - Wednesday Journal

"Oak Park, IL--On a recent Wednesday evening, Adele Cannell was speaking English to six adults who don't speak it very well."

Find out how Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County "makes connections" in this Community of Caring article from the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Multilingual Verb Conjugator

Save yourself some time by using this handy website!  At you can enter any verb in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German or French and the engine will "compute" the verb in all tenses.  It probably should be said that it is only an engine--in the sense that it does not tell you how to use the verbs with examples.  That isn't so bad though.  It would be easy to choose a new verb for each day and tailor a lesson to the level of your audience.  The lesson could be pretty short, maybe as a warm up activity while students are arriving that could last 5-10 minutes.  You can print the search engine results in a very tidy handout that really could work for any level.  Enjoy!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I love what I do!

One of my youngest students at LT, where I teach part-time, also goes to classes at College of DuPage.  He told me today that he was dissatisfied with one of the lectures there.  The reason was because this teacher failed to elaborate on Latin root words when explaining the vocabulary of academic studies, e.g. geo-logy, geo-metry, geo-graphy.  What a lost opportunity to expound on something!  The primary reason I love being a teacher and working at a library is that I get to expound on things every day; it is a great joy.  For example, when someone at the library asks me, "What is the GED study group like?" I get excited and love to explain our relaxed learning approach.  It really clicked again for me this afternoon that I love what I do and I love to expound on it!

Monday, January 23, 2012

New American Horizons ESL Teacher Training Videos

A new informational video is now available introducing the video training series, "Teaching ESL to Adults: Classroom Approaches in Action," produced as a service to the field by the New American Horizons Foundation.  Get some great training without attending a workshop!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Readability Calculator for Easy Reading

Since last summer I have been using a Readability Test from Joe's Web Tools to figure out reading levels for the easy reader section of the Literacy Collection.  The processing department at the Library purchased reading level labels (1-12) from Gaylord.  Based on the Flesch-Kincaid grade level system, I have been appyling labels to the front of our books so that we have one unified system from which to rank readability.  While there are many readability factors and systems, I have found Joe's calculator to be in line with my experience with easy reading materials and as an ESL tutor and teacher.  Check it out!