News & Dates
October: New Tutors Joined Us at Seffner
We’re pleased to welcome thirteen new tutors who came to our training at the Seffner-Mango Library. This will be our last training day until February 2014.
September 2013: Tutors & Students Appreciated
The Annual Tutor / Student Appreciation Brunch at the Italian Club was a great success, thanks to the tutors who attended and to the hardworking students who shared their experiences and writings. Two students, Paulette Dibbs and Jalynn Thomas, were honored for successfully completing the program by finishing Laubach Way to Reading 4. Katia Nelson’s essay in Visions along with the reports of her tutor, Lisa Clementi, made us pleased to announce Katia as our choice for Student of the Year. Tutor of the Year awards went to Ariel Gunn and Sylvia Covington, and nine tutors were celebrated for HLC participation going back ten years or more. Whether or not you were able to come let us treat you to brunch and applause, we truly appreciate all of you tutors, and admire the continuing efforts of your students.
July 2013: Declaration of Effort
We can’t thank you enough for meeting with the adults who ask the HLC for help. We know you spend many hours helping people learn, and often end up changing their lives for the better. Now we have to show it. Every hour of instruction (July 2012 – June 2013) will count in our annual report. No other program in Hillsborough County reports adult literacy needs and results for the national ProLiteracy Statistical Report, so your data is significant. When all the work of our tutors and students is reported, this program’s impact in the community is revealed. We can build awareness, and help literacy advocates attract the attention of legislators, funders and more volunteers. Also, don’t hesitate to brag about your student in the comments field.
May Re-Cap: Tutor Workshop & Meeting
Tutors who participated in our semi-annual meeting impressed the Board with many ideas, and gave them much to consider.
Paul Suppicich led the workshop “Make Tutoring Real with Authentic Materials” and for those of you who missed it, here are related links:
Ideas for Using Authentic Texts with Low-level ESL Classes - from ESL Partyland
Tips on Selecting Effective Authentic Reading Materials - from ELT Resourceful
Teaching Materials: Using Newspapers in the Classroom - from One Stop English
Effective Ways to Use Authentic Materials with ESL/EFL Students - from Internet TESL Journal
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