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In Our Words: Call for Stories

The Nashville Adult Literacy Council works with thousands of wonderful people each year from all different walks of life. When people are generous enough to share their stories with us, we feel so fortunate! In Our Words is a wonderful opportunity for learners and tutors at the NALC to share their stories with the world. Sometimes these stories are very personal; a secret a learner has kept their entire lives. Sometimes these stories are filled with joy; showing the enormous gratitude a learner has for those at the NALC who have helped them learn. Sometimes these stories are sad; vocalizing the struggles that a learner has been through in life. W...

Meet the Staff: Yodit Beraki

Yodit Beraki first began working with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council in 2003 as a learner in our English program. She is originally from Eritrea, and moved to the United States in 2001. Yodit joined our staff in 2005, and has since helped the NALC in a variety of ways before taking on her current position as Program Assistant. Today Yodit manages our program database and additionally coordinates the Start Now Program during the evenings at our West Nashville office. Speaking five languages, Yodit's ability to communicate with incoming learners in their native language has been a huge asset to our program. If you visit the West Nashville ...

Meet the Staff: Patty Swartzbaugh

Patty Swartzbaugh started working with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council in 2009 as a volunteer tutor in the One-on-One Program. She worked with an English learner for two years and loved introducing her learner to American customs. During this time, Patty started working part time helping the NALC staff enroll learners in English classes around Nashville. In 2011, Patty started as a full time employee, taking on the role of Program Manager. As Program Manager, Patty is in charge of all of the English, English Language Civics, and Citizenship classes we offer at the NALC. Today we are proud to offer 11 English classes, 4 EL Civics classes, ...

Summer Challenge at NPL

The Nashville Public Library has a fun Summer Challenge going on now through August 15th! The Summer Challenge encourages children, teens, and adults to complete literacy, cultural, and community activities to earn points. With points earned, participants will receive entry to  a local organization like the Adventure Science Center or Cheekwood, a book bag, and a chance to win additional prize drawings. In addition to English, Registration and Activity Logs are available in Arabic, Kurdish, Somali, and Spanish. We hope you'll encourage your learner to participate in this fun challenge!

Meet the Staff: Julie Kramer

Julie Kramer started volunteering with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council in 2003. As an English tutor in the One-on-One Program, she felt like she had discovered her true passion in life. She grew to admire the learners she worked with and loved helping them achieve their goals. After several years, she decided to change her focus and volunteered in the Start Now Program. Next, Julie joined NALC staff as a part time small group leader for a literacy class at the Board of Probation & Parole, and later worked a few evenings each week at the West Nashville Office helping conduct assessments for new learners. In 2011, Julie started as the ELL ...

Tennessee Electronic Library

We are so excited to share the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) with you today! TEL is a virtual library providing access to over 400,000 electronic resources, including magazines, podcasts, videos, e-books, and test preparation materials. Learners and tutors alike can benefit from these resources, and they can be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection. Best of all, the site is free for all residents of Tennessee! Some of our favorite resources on TEL are: World Book Discover - This online version of World Book Encyclopedia is designed for visual learners. The read-aloud features are particularly beneficial to new readers. Test ...

Meet the Staff: Sarah Coode

Sarah Coode began volunteering with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council in 1996. After having volunteered with a Knoxville literacy program during college, she was happy to be tutoring in this capacity once again. Sarah volunteered for five years, until she was hired as Literacy Specialist in 2001. As Literacy Specialist, Sarah is responsible for enrolling each of the new literacy learners who enter our program. The literacy enrollment process is a long one, and allows her to become very familiar with the many facets to a person's reading skills. Sarah also serves as the primary contact for One-on-One Tutors who work with literacy learners. She ...

NALC Nomads

by Sally Tiven, English Tutor Now that NALC staff has brought you together, blessed the union, and provided the book, it's time to select a venue for the dual endeavor of English study and cultural coaching. You may be surprised to learn that Target is the preferred study hall of several of my English learners. First, consider the stimulating coffee fumes from the in-house Starbucks, next the proximity to aisles of low priced items that serve as a reward, real or imaginary, to a productive session. And it's not unusual to encounter friends who stop by our carrel to introduce themselves, thereby providing additional conversation partners for the ...

Panera

by Yoon Kim, English Learner Panera is the most favorite place to meet my teacher to study English. The atmosphere is casual and coffee and soup are so good. Also I can get credit on my Panera card so often I get free coffee or pastry. If I were in the library, I would have to keep silent and be considerate of other readers. Naturally my voice is loud so I'm afraid it will interrupt other people. That's why Panera is a very comfortable place for me.

Bruegger’s

by Anhminh, English Learner I like to take the lesson with my tutor, Sally, at the Bruegger's on White Bridge Road. It's not too far from my house or my teacher's. This is a cozy and friendly place. The seating has a little privacy so I can practice speaking English or I can read some aricles out loud so my teacher can listen and can correct me. I feel comfortable when I study there, so every time Sally asks me "Where will we meet today?" I always say, "The Bruegger's."