11 results for tag: English


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, ...

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 ...

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."

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 ...

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 enrollments.  We are so excited to have him working with us.  Welcome, Chris! ...

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 topics including High Frequency Words, Reading Check, and Spellings & ...

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 stupid.  Stupid or not...I will go to school. Jeanne came to the United States almost ...