The Man Who Always Wished That He Could Read & Other Poems

Happy National Poetry Month!  In its honor, we wanted to share a couple of poems that our learners have written for our In Our Words books over the years.  Enjoy! The Man Who Always Wished That He Could Read by James B. Martin I'm wishing upon a star, No matter where you are. I'm wishing upon a dream So far away it seems. Now that I can read, The dream has come true. My Best Friend is a Dog by Vanory Askew He's happy, fast, and smart He takes me everywhere He'll never break my heart He listens to me read He never judges me He knows I go to school Someday I will ...

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The First Day: Getting to Know Your Student’s Goals and Building a Lesson Plan

By Alex Howard, ELL Tutor Earlier this week, I had the chance to meet my new student, and I began thinking about how important that first session is. Here are a few notes and ideas about what to do on the first day. Preparation Take some time to organize your aims for your first meeting. You’ll want to discover as much about your student as possible, so it helps to have ideas written out beforehand. To get your student talking, have a few questions handy. Begin with simple, open-ended questions, and conversation starters: Tell me about your family. Why did you ...

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Trivia Night is Back!

 We are excited to announce that the 3rd Annual Facts, Figures, and FUNds event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29th, 2013!  Thank you to Riverfront Tavern for once again offering their space to make this event happen. More details to follow...but mark your calendar now!     

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Learner Spotlight: Meet Erskine

Erskine entered our program in 2002 through our partnership with Davidson County Drug Court.  With our help, he achieved his goals of finding employment and buying a house.  Erskine has been drug-free for fifteen years, and says he could not have achieved this without learning how to read. My whole life has changed.  If I hadn't started learning, there's no telling where I might be today.  If  I couldn't read, I couldn't stay clean.  I'm just grateful for having a program like this.  I never thought I was going to be blessed to learn how to read. What Education ...

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Reading Reminder: Vowel Sounds

There are 18 vowel sounds in the English language.  The five main vowels are A, E, I, O, and U.  Sometimes W and Y also act as vowels.  Vowel sounds can be put into the following categories: 5 Long Vowels:  Long vowels are when the sound is the same as the letter name - faith, dream, smile, vote, rule. 5 Short Vowels:  Short vowels are often the hardest for people to hear differentiated.  They are the sounds at the beginning of the following words - Ultimate optimism, attitude is everything. 3 R-Controlled Vowels:  Vowels make these sounds when paired with an ...

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Save the Date: Regional Literacy Conference May 2nd – 3rd

The regional U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy is coming to Nashville on May 2-3, 2013!  We are honored to be hosting this year’s conference in conjunction with the Tennessee Literacy Coalition. Workshop topics include: Preparing Low Level Learners for the GED Test Speaking to Groups (Adult Learner Workshop)* Teaching Adults to Read: Components of Reading Contextualized Instruction *Note: The adult learner workshop is FREE.  Please encourage your learner to attend! Find more information and a full schedule of events here.

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