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Free ESL Conversation Classes!

We now have 9 locations in Northern Pinellas County for LCUP’s English Conversation Classes, with a total of 17 classes available each week.  These classes have a variety of educational opportunities: some provide basic phonics and grammar instruction, while others are designed for more intermediate students.  The strength of all of these informal classes is to give our adult students a chance to visit with each other and tutors and practice their English language skills. 

There is no cost, so please attend many of the classes to see what interests you most.

Ahora tenemos 19 ubicaciones en el condado de Pinellas Norte para las clases de conversación en inglés de LCUP, con un total de 17 clases disponibles cada semana. Estas clases tienen una variedad de oportunidades educativas: algunas proporcionan instrucción básica de fonética y gramática, mientras que otras están diseñadas para estudiantes más intermedios. La fortaleza de todas estas clases informales es darles a nuestros estudiantes adultos la oportunidad de visitar a los tutores y a los tutores y practicar sus habilidades en el idioma inglés. No hay costo, así que por favor asista a muchas de las clases para ver qué es lo que más le interesa. Haga clic en “LEER MÁS” para ver los horarios en inglés y español.

 

 

 

LCUP RECEIVES GRANT FROM PINELLAS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas recently received a generous $7,300 grant from the Pinellas Community Foundation.  The grant will enable the Council to translate the Pinellas County Guide, published in 2018, into Spanish and provide a copy for each branch of the Pinellas County Library Cooperative.  The grant will also fund bilingual books for the Little Free Library located at Dunedin Elementary School.  Grant funds will be used to purchase snacks and supplies for ESL conversation classes operating in multiple locations across northern Pinellas County.

Additionally, the grant will support two tutor trainings for new tutors and background checks for all new volunteers.  Equipment and supplies to help students who want to become citizens will also be supported by the grant.  Brochures and flyers to continue marketing LCUP’s services will also be funded.  We are most appreciative of the Pinellas Community Foundation’s support for our literacy efforts.

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

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.