14 results for tag: literacy


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 ...

Meet the Staff: Sarah Coode

Sarah Coode began volunteering with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council in 1996. After having volunteered with a Knoxville literacy program during college, she was happy to be tutoring in this capacity once again. Sarah volunteered for five years, until she was hired as Literacy Specialist in 2001. As Literacy Specialist, Sarah is responsible for enrolling each of the new literacy learners who enter our program. The literacy enrollment process is a long one, and allows her to become very familiar with the many facets to a person's reading skills. Sarah also serves as the primary contact for One-on-One Tutors who work with literacy learners. She ...

Meet the Staff: Crystal Gimesh

Crystal Gimesh started as a volunteer in 2009 fulfilling an internship requirement with Belmont University. Prior to volunteering, she had no idea that anything like this program existed. Crystal enjoyed volunteering in the Start Now Program so much that she continued to volunteer after her internship ended. There were innumerable days where she would arrive for her Start Now tutoring session tired, unmotivated, and frustrated about challenges in her own life only to leave refreshed and optimistic. Many of our learners are shouldering burdens much heavier than any I have experienced, while also trying to master language skills that most of us take ...

See the World in My Eyes

by V.S., Literacy Learner See the world in my eyes. I can’t read and write well. There are a lot of things you can’t do because you are scared you will get lost. You can’t read street signs. Going out of town is so scary. To not get lost, you hope someone will drive you around so you can see the town. Your family knows you, but your friends don’t know you can’t read well. And you don’t want to make new friends because they might ask you to read. You fake it, saying – no glasses. Although it may be scary, let someone help you if you need it. Tell someone your story. The world looks very good to you. You don’t have to daydream all the ...

2013 Statewide Adult Literacy Conference

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...

Happy National Literacy Week

Happy National Literacy Week!  This week we are joined by thousands across the country celebrating literacy and those who are learning to read.  Thank you to everyone who supports us! Infographic by antoniodivico.

Literacy Conference Resources Available Online

Did you miss this year's regional U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy?  ProLiteracy has generously made the resources from May's conference available online.  Simply go to the Workshops section of the page, and click on the workshop that interests you.  Workshop topics from the conference included preparing low level readers for the GED test, teaching comprehension strategies, and contextualized instruction. ProLiteracy has also made their video from the Preparing Low Level Learners for the GED Test workshop available online.  Watch it below! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjBRNiTmchc

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 & ...

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 areas, and select answers or symbols from a drop-down menu.  If your learner does ...

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