44 results for author: nashvilleliteracy


YMCA

by Aida, English Learner I like to study with tutor Sally because she helps me a lot to improve my English. I love to meet her at the Harding Place YMCA weekly. I prefer to have the meeting at this place for the following reasons: We have a quiet table where we can sit. I have to come to the YMCA because my kids have a Tae Kwon Do class and also my husband likes to exercise. Therefore, I have time to sit with my tutor. The whole family comes in one car to the Y, so I don't have to drive separately to meet my tutor. Sometimes my teacher, Sally, brings an educational game to play with my whole family. Since we have started to play that game, my ...

Meet the Staff: Crystal Gimesh

Crystal Gimesh started as a volunteer in 2009 fulfilling an internship requirement with Belmont University. Prior to volunteering, she had no idea that anything like this program existed. Crystal enjoyed volunteering in the Start Now Program so much that she continued to volunteer after her internship ended. There were innumerable days where she would arrive for her Start Now tutoring session tired, unmotivated, and frustrated about challenges in her own life only to leave refreshed and optimistic. Many of our learners are shouldering burdens much heavier than any I have experienced, while also trying to master language skills that most of us take ...

The Four C’s of Effective Instruction

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if you are making a difference in the growth of your learner's skills. Are you helping? We have all had feelings of uncertainty. Reading Horizons has provided a simple self-check that we can use to ensure that we are effective in our instruction. Clear instruction and processes Consistent processes Corrective (positive) feedback Connections to reading and writing Ask yourself: Are my instructions clear? Am I consistent? Do I give positive feedback? Am I helping my learner connect these skills to reading and writing in their daily lives? Read the full post from Reading Horizons here. Photo Source: ...

See the World in My Eyes

by V.S., Literacy Learner See the world in my eyes. I can’t read and write well. There are a lot of things you can’t do because you are scared you will get lost. You can’t read street signs. Going out of town is so scary. To not get lost, you hope someone will drive you around so you can see the town. Your family knows you, but your friends don’t know you can’t read well. And you don’t want to make new friends because they might ask you to read. You fake it, saying – no glasses. Although it may be scary, let someone help you if you need it. Tell someone your story. The world looks very good to you. You don’t have to daydream all the ...

Meet the Staff: Ann Bardone

Ann Bardone first started with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council as a volunteer in the One-on-One Program in 2004. When her learner moved, she came on as a staff member, working in the office and teaching an English class. Tutoring and teaching were very rewarding experiences, and Ann enjoyed helping others better understand life in the United States. Ann left Nashville and our program for five years while living in another state, but swiftly returned to the NALC when she moved back in 2010. As Program Assistant, her current role is varied but vital; you may see her around the office, coordinating Start Now, or helping with events. Most One-on-One ...

Do you Mango?

You may already be familiar with Mango, the language learning program that the Nashville Public Library has made available to anyone with a library card. What you may not know is that there is also an English as a Second Language component to this program, with several different language options for you to choose your native tongue. Though the intention is to learn English, directions can be given in various languages including Spanish, Arabic for Egyptian speakers, Arabic for MSA speakers, and Vietnamese. Would your learner benefit from using Mango? If so, find out how to use Mango, read the frequently asked questions, or help your learner ...

Learner-Tutor Relationships and the Importance of Listening

by Emily Davidson Nemoy, Literacy Tutor When you listen to someone completely, you hear the whole of what he or she is saying. Not just the words—but also the feelings and thoughts behind them. You are trying to understand the other person, even if you don’t agree with him or her. I began tutoring with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council more than two and a half years ago in hopes of finding a way to give back to the community. As a writer, I’ve always been a big reader and a huge fan of the written word, so volunteering with the NALC seemed like a natural fit for me. Having no tutoring experience, I was more than a little nervous at my first ...

Four-Part NPR Series on Adult Education

This past November, NPR published a four-part series on a variety of topics relating to adult education. In this series, they cover Americans who struggle with basic literacy, immigrants who are learning English, the importance of adult education in the workplace, and the financial and social costs of low literacy skills. This series was a part of American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, a public media initiative to address the American dropout crisis. There are 30 million adults in the U.S. who have trouble with basic literacy. We are  encouraged to see the issue of adult education taking center-stage and given national attention in this ...

Meet the Staff: Meg Nugent

Executive Director Meg Nugent began working with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council as a volunteer in 1990. In addition to tutoring in the One-on-One program, she volunteered to train new tutors. After volunteering in this capacity for ten years, Meg took on the role of Executive Director at the NALC in 2000. Along with overseeing general program operations, Meg is the NALC's grant writer. She continues to facilitate training new English language volunteer tutors in the One-on-One program. Don't hesitate to say hi if you see her when you visit the West Nashville office or at community meetings and events.

Congratulations to this Year’s Award Winners!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Student & Tutor Banquet!  We love this annual opportunity to celebrate the educational strides of our many learners and the big hearts of our dedicated volunteers.  Along with the many learners who were presented certificates for their accomplishments, we would like to specifically congratulate this year's award winners: Charles DeMarkus Keil, Volunteer of the Year Stephen Potash, Tutor of the Year Moe Hill, Start Now Tutor of the Year Barbara Mitchell, Literacy Learner of the Year Sokhom Chhay, English Language Learner of the Year Kent Oliver, Ambassador of the Year Thank you for your hard work ...