Adult Literacy

Visitors from Brazil

 Several of our Conversation Classes were graced by the presence of three visitors from Brazil.  Aline, Lucas and Fernando attended classes often during their vacation here, and John Troesser acted as their unofficial escort for some of their activities.  They were impressed by our efforts to teach English to those who need it and said they enjoyed being included in the classes.  The tutors and students were happy to have them join us, and it was difficult to say goodbye.  We hope they will return next year.

Conversation Class at Dunedin Public Library

Students in the Dunedin Library Conversation Class enjoy finding partners to put together three phrases to make complete sentences. The students then created their own sentences using the phrases from the game.

 

Happy English learners proudly display the sentences they have created from individual phrases.

Back to School Event and Health Fair at North Greenwood Community Center

Soha Awad,  LCUP tutor (on the right in picture below), greeted students and parents at North Greenwood Community Center’s Back to School Event and Health Fair.  She had big mouth cat and shark pictures to color and crayons to send home. 

Several volunteers attended the event on August 4 to talk about ESL classes offered by the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas. We now have 14 English classes at 9 locations and individual tutors.  Therefore, more volunteers are always needed.

 

Tutor Training Books

The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas recently received a $1,175 grant from the ProLiteracy National Book Fund.  The National Book Fund makes grants for educational materials for adult literacy and adult basic education programs.  These programs help teach adults to read.Literacy tutors have new books

The grant was used to purchase 50 Tutor books published by New Readers Press.  Tutor offers step-by-step instructions for working with basic literacy adult learners in one-to-one, small group, or classroom settings.  These books will be given to all new LCUP volunteers during fall and spring tutor training sessions.

 

Free Citizenship Classes at Clearwater East Community Library

Claudia Gonzalez

The Clearwater East Community Library has restarted the Citizenship Class that had been on hiatus during the library’s move to its new location.

The meetings are held in the small study room
on the ground floor of the new
Clearwater East Community Library
on Mondays at 5:00 p.m. 

Started by Claudia Gonzalez in 2017, the class continues with John Troesser conducting drills on the 100 questions needed for the Naturalization test.  In addition to the questions, explanations are given so that attendees fully understand the history and civics behind the questions.

Within its limited run, there have been two “graduates” of the program, the latest being Flor Rodriguez who became a U.S. citizen on May 9, 2018.

In the past, the citizenship program has had guest speakers to address any questions.  The class has played host to a representative from Gulf Coast Legal Services and a non-profit organization that grants low-interest loans to prospective candidates to cover expenses and fees.  Now that the program has restarted, these invitations will go out again, and personnel from the Tampa USINS office will also be invited.

Mr. Troesser says he feels privileged to have been asked to participate in this citizenship class.  “Claudia does most of the heavy lifting,” he says.  “Keeping up with the students, updating their status and whereabouts is a Herculean task.”  Claudia has recommended several students to John for tutoring and according to John:  “She hasn’t sent a bad one yet.”  They have all been exceptional.