On April 30, English conversation classes resumed in their new meeting space at Clearwater East Community Library at St. Petersburg College. The library is located at 2465 Drew Street in Clearwater, and classes meet on Mondays from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.
Classes had been on hiatus since mid-February, so it was a warm reunion for students and tutors and a welcoming event for newcomers. The class is led by tutors, Jan Demers (back left) and Robin Pitchford (front right). Tutors are welcome to visit any class. We have many students who are eager to work, one-on-one or in a small group, with an LCUP English tutor.
On February 17, LCUP celebrated its 30th Anniversary of Changing Lives Through Literacy at the Dunedin Public Library. The well-attended event included the organization’s annual meeting with speakers Pat Bauer, President, Library Director Phyllis Gorshe, Jan Demers and Carol Kennedy. Both Jan and Carol are members of the LCUP Board of Directors, tutors and Conversation Class leaders and spoke about their experiences in literacy. Learner Dorotea Chavez spoke about the difference learning English has made in her life.
City Commissioner Deborah Kynes presented a proclamation from the City of Dunedin in recognition of the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas’ 30th Anniversary. Read the proclamation here.
The following history of LCUP was presented by President Pat Bauer:
A History of the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas, 1988- 2018
The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas grew out of increased need for adult literacy services in north county due to population growth and demographic changes in the 1980s. The council was formed by a group of dedicated citizens who were originally affiliated with the St. Petersburg Literacy Council and saw the need to incorporate the north county program. Our articles of incorporation are dated February 2, 1988.
These are some of the resources our tutors use. We have never had a problem with downloading from these sites (no viruses, etc.). We often use the material presented as the idea for our own worksheets or class materials, and we often “borrow” the clip art. Please be aware of the copyright information given on each of the pages. These are free although you may need to register to use the site or download material, and some sites have cost information for you to acquire additional material. More sources are listed on our web site, www.lcup.net.
Classroom Freebies – www.classroomfreebies.com
Teachers share their lessons to download for free, and this site leads you to Teachers Pay Teachers (see below) or to the teacher’s web site or blog.
Teachers Pay Teachers – www.tpt.com
TPT has both free materials and packages you can purchase from other teachers. This is a reliable source of worksheets, lesson plans, and ideas.
Pete’s Power Point Station – www.pppst.com
Free presentations in Power Point format (also printable) and Online Games for Kids. Most are easily converted to worksheet format and can be adjusted to less childish presentations.
Really Learn English – www.reallylearnenglish.com
Free – the purpose of this site is to make the English language as easy and as simple as possible, for everyone. Whether you are a beginner, an advanced student or an English teacher, what’s important is that you (or your students) will be able to understand and use English in life.
en.islcollective.com – www.en.islcollective.com
We are a community of language teachers from around the globe who share our home-made worksheets on this free-to-use platform! Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. You can download all ESL teaching materials free of charge, but you need to register your email to download.
Busy Teacher – www.busyteacher.com
Free worksheets and lesson plans.
ESL Printable Grammar and Vocabulary
Download and Print Teaching and Learning English as a Second Language Free Printable Exercises, Worksheets, Handouts, Tests, Activities, Materials, Resources, Grammar Explanations and Lessons, Vocabulary, Picture Dictionary, Pictionary, Posters, Games and Puzzles for kids, students and teachers!
Readworks.org – www.readworks.org
The nonprofit ReadWorks provides K-12 teachers with what to teach and how to teach it—online, for free, to be shared broadly. We provide the largest, highest-quality library of curated nonfiction and literary articles in the country, along with reading comprehension and vocabulary lessons, formative assessments, and teacher guidance. Most importantly, everything ReadWorks does is based on proven cognitive science research, not unproven academic theory.
Newsela – www.newsela.com
We solve the problem of reading engagement holistically for students, teachers, and principals. With content and activities created specifically for students in grades 2-6, Newsela fits seamlessly into your elementary literacy routine.
Hopelink Adult ESL – www.eastsideliteracy.org/tutorsupport/
Welcome to the Tutor Support website where you will find lessons, handouts, and other resources to help you with your tutoring, ESL classes, and Talk Time groups.
Nine LCUP students representing six countries–Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and
South Korea–shared their English language skills by reading their original essays during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast held on October 7, 2017, at Honeymoon Island State Park. Each of them spoke, in English, of important events in their lives.
LCUP volunteers were honored by President Pat Bauer.