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 ...
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.
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."
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 ...
The 2013 Statewide Adult Literacy Conference, hosted by the Tennessee Literacy Coalition, will be held on Wednesday, October 9 at the downtown branch of the Nashville Public Library. This FREE conference will be an all-day event from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Lunch will be provided, but you must register by October 2nd to ensure you'll get a meal!
Derek Young will be the Keynote Speaker for the event, with a variety of breakouts sessions specific to basic literacy, ESL instruction, and even sessions for adult learners. If you or your learner are interested in attending, register today because space is limited! To find out more about the confer...
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 ...
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.
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 decide to come to the United States?
Tell me about your job.
Arrive a little early ...