Welcome Chris

Here at the Nashville Adult Literacy Council we have new faces coming through our doors everyday, but here's a face you'll likely be running into more than once.  We would like to give a big welcome to Chris Cornett, our new English Language Learning intern!  Chris is currently studying at Middle Tennessee State University working towards his Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, English as a Second Language.  While interning with us, Chris will be assessing new learners, tutoring learners, facilitating Conversation Clubs, as well as assisting with class ...

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Two Great Ways to Support NALC This Week

This week we have two great ways for you to show your support of the Nashville Adult Literacy Council!  For questions or more details, feel free to give us a call: (615)298-8060. For the sports fans, we have been selected as the Charity of the Night for the Wednesday, July 31st Nashville Sounds game.  In addition to being present at the game ourselves, one third of online ticket proceeds will be donated directly to our program.  Join us at the game, and show your support!  The Sounds will be playing against the Las Vegas 51s, and the game starts 7:05 PM. ...

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Join us at the Sounds Game on July 31st

The Nashville Adult Literacy Council is honored to have been selected as the charity of the night for the Wednesday, July 31st Nashville Sounds game!  Please join us at the game and show your support.  One third of online ticket proceeds will be donated directly to our program.  Simply log in with the username nashvilleliteracy and the password read, and purchase tickets as usual.  With tickets priced at $12 a piece, this is a donation we can all afford.  The Nashville Sounds will be playing against the Las Vegas 51s and the game starts 7:05 PM.  See you there!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Alys Venable

Alys Venable has been a dedicated tutor to eight learners over the course of her eight years volunteering here at the Nashville Adult Literacy Council.  She has worked with both literacy learners and English language learners in our One-on-One program and Start Now program.  She initially tutored our learners at Davidson County Drug Court, a local rehabilitation center to help individuals in the court system for a drug or alcohol related charge to better their lives. Besides the friendships that she developed with each of the learners she has worked with, Alys’ ...

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Reading Reminder: YouTube Edition

YouTube can be a great resource, but sometimes it's difficult to know what to look for.  Here are our favorite phonics lessons on YouTube.  These videos could easily be integrated into a lesson with a learner, or simply used as preparation for a tutoring session. Mr. Thorne Does Phonics Mr. Thorne Does Phonics teaches comprehensive phonics in a way that is simple and easy to follow.  Though the lessons are written for a child audience, they are still appropriate to use with adults.  In addition to the video uploads, Mr. Thorne Does Phonics offers great playlists for ...

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Learner Spotlight: Meet Jeanne

Jeanne devotes more hours learning with us each month than many of our learners do in a year. Dedicated is an understatement. After taking two buses and traveling one and a half hours each direction to come to class, Jeanne stays hours after class working on the computer to increase her skills through self-study.  She takes advantage of every extra opportunity to learn that we offer, frequenting Conversation Clubs in both West Nashville and Antioch. I told myself I will keep going to classes until I hear what people say when they talk to me.  My friends say I'm ...

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GED Test Changes in 2014

It may seem crazy to be thinking about 2014 right now, but learners preparing to take the GED already are.  In January 2014, a new version of the GED test will be released and will include some major changes.  Most notably, the new test will be administered solely on computers and will include new technology-enhanced question types.  Learners will need to be able to scroll down a page, drag-and-drop answers to a graph or chart, navigate between tabs to read passages, type two short answers and two extended responses, copy and paste from passages into typed response ...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Charles Keil

Since August 2012, Charles Keil has been diligently using his Access expertise to refine our program database.  After finding us through Hands On Nashville last summer, Charles was provided a hefty list of modifications needed to be made to the current database to greatly improve its function and precision.  He has spent more than 20 hours working on our database.  While his time amounts to an in-kind donation valued at over $2,000, his expertise and thorough work have been invaluable.  Thank you so much, Charles, for your continued support!

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Thank You, Volunteers!

Happy National Volunteer Week!  We wanted to take this time to celebrate the thousands of volunteers we've worked with over the years.  It is your dedication to the Nashville Adult Literacy Council that continues to make our program a success.  If you're in one of our offices this week, be sure to pick up a thank you bookmark from our staff and learners. Each year the Nashville Adult Literacy Council serves more than 1,500 learners with the help of more than 500 volunteer tutors.  Find out how you can get involved!

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5 Financial Literacy Worksheets for Adults

April is Financial Literacy Month!  Here are our top 5 free resources about paying bills, budgeting, goal setting, and other financial skills that your learner may need help developing.  The following worksheets can be downloaded for free. 1.  Time to Pay Rent 2.  What's Eating Your Paycheck 3.  Really Simple Budget 4.  Tracking Your Expenses 5.  Smart Goals Worksheet Sources:  1. and 2. ProLiteracy Education Network, 3. Money Under 30 , 4. and 5.  Smart About Money

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