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Free English Classes — New Locations and Times!

The new schedules for LCUP’s English Conversation Classes are here.  Classes listed include
locations in upper Pinellas County, so choose one or more to visit.  These informal classes give
our adult students a chance to visit with each other and tutors and practice their English language skills. 

There is no cost, and you can just stop in when you have some time.

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USCIS TRAINING FOR LCUP VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers from the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas attended a training seminar for adult educators, directors, volunteers, and representatives from immigrant-serving organizations.  The seminar was offered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, on September 13, 2018, in Tampa.

Instruction was designed to enhance the skills needed to teach U.S. history, civics, and the naturalization process to immigrant students and to administer a comprehensive adult citizenship education program.

Standing, from left: Sandra Reyes, Daise Castillo, Claudia Gonzalez, Vicky Obando, Gaye Staskiel, Pat Bauer; Seated: Eileen Smith, John Troesser

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.

 

Conversation Classes Resume at New Clearwater East Community Library

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.