Congratulations to our ‘newest’ Americans…

Thursday, April 16, one hundred individuals became New Americans during a naturalization ceremony held at the Nashville Public Library (NPL). NPL Director Kent Oliver welcomed Mayor Karl Dean and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Deputy Director Lori Scialabba, both of whom spoke briefly during the event. Other dignitaries, friends, and families were in attendance as Judge Aleta Trauger administered the oath of allegiance to the individuals who became naturalized citizens.    

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April is all about Professional Development at the Nashville Public Library…

You have an invitation to attend the following development events, courtesy of the Nashville Public Library this month: Communities of Best Practice Thursday, April 23, 2 to 5PM Edmondson Pike Library Quarterly conversations about best practices for teaching. REGISTER   ESL Strategies for the Multi-Level Classroom Thursday, April 30, 1 to 4PM Edmondson Pike Library Lectures by Aaron Lovett and Kate Fernandez from TFLI. REGISTER  

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If somebody gives you something to read, you make believe you read it…

Jonathan Kozol once wrote a story titled "Illiterate America" in which he talked about a rather solitary man whom people in his office viewed with respect as someone who was self-contained and simply chose not to join in casual conversation. Here is how Jonathan set up the story:  He gets up in the morning, showers, shaves, and dresses in a dark gray business suit.  He goes downstairs and buys a New York Times from the small newsstand on the corner of the street.  Folding it neatly, he boards the subway and arrives at work at 9:00 AM.  He places the folded New ...

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What NALC is all about…

What we are about as a organization is real life.  Real life...real adults from all walks of life. Reading a bill...helping a child with homework...understanding an employee manual...all that takes being able to read.  And when an adult cannot speak English, real life means renting an apartment or going to the doctor can get 'real' complicated. It really affects us all, you know...this adult literacy situation.  So much so that we really need to engage.  So, we're asking people to take action that is meaningful and causes change. Consider, for a moment, what ...

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Let Them ‘Eat’ Pie for NALC the Schneider Electric Way…

Friday, March 13, our Marketing Director Vicki Moser made her rain-soaked way to Lavergne, TN, to cover a special fundraising event for Nashville Adult Literacy Council.  It turns out that one of NALC's super tutors, Randi Dolan, is an engineer at Schneider Electric, and when it came time for the company to give back to the community-at-large this year, Randi stepped up and suggested they choose NALC as the non-profit of choice. Given the fact that the folks at Schneider Electric surely have to use a lot of math in their electrical configurations, and since Pi Day ...

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The New York Times promotes learning …

Part of teaching adults to read and succeed means that we are constantly searching for great resources our learners can use to further enhance what we provide during the time they spend under our tutelage. Today’s offering comes from The Learning Network...Teaching and Learning with The New York Times.  “We recognize that talking about [current] issues is not easy for students or adults,” says the site.  However, TNYT does an excellent job of presenting the facts in a way that allows the reader to better understand our current news. You may visit The ...

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Thank you to The Temple – Nashville for your support…


When you give to the Nashville Adult Literacy Council …

We appreciate the support you give to NALC, and we want you to know exactly what your gift means to us. Don't forget to celebrate Middle Tennessee’s spirit of generosity by giving to the Nashville Adult Literacy Council  on May 5 during The #BigPayback – a 24-hour, online giving event. We will use it to benefit up to 1500 learners for whom we provide services this year! Click for more info: http://www.TheBigPayback.org

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Voice of America provides new Americans with a link to what’s happening around the globe…

  Today, we want to share a link to VOA News.  The Voice of America (VOA) is the official external broadcast department of the United State federal government that provides programming for broadcast on radio, TV, and the Internet in English and some foreign languages.  Its broadcasts are distributed by satellite, cable, and on FM/AM and shortwave radio frequencies, and they are streamed on individual language service websites, social media sites, and mobile platforms, as well.  VOANews.com is updated around the clock with coverage from around the globe. ...

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Adult Learners are different from younger traditional school learners…

Adults who reach out to NALC for help in reading come to us with a variety and range of experiences: Adults have established values, beliefs, and opinions at which they have arrived due to living through families, relationships, work, community, etc. Adults are goal oriented  They have needs that are concrete and immediate.  They are task or problem centered rather than subject centered. Adults are practical people and problem-solvers, less tolerant of work that does not have immediate and direct application to their objectives. Adults appreciate varied ...

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