January 25, 2018
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We know your time is valuable and we appreciate you spending part of it working with your learner.  We thank you for your time!

The Literacy Connection Staff 

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Elgin IL, January 12, 2018

The Literacy Connection Board of Directors is announcing that Karen Oswald has resigned from her twenty-year post as the Executive Director of The Literacy Connection, effective February 15, 2018. Karen has accepted a position as the Adult Education and Family Literacy Manager of the Township High School District 214 Community Education Department. 

The Board of Directors and staff appreciate your continued support during this transition time and as we enter next phase of leadership for the organization. You may reach out to Jay Robinson, Board President, through the Literacy Connection office 847-742-6565 if you have any concerns.  
Contrasting Sounds - Expansion Activity for Previous Tutor Tip

Function: to reinforce consonant contrasts and develop vocabulary

Materials: set of pictures from the last "Tutor Tip" and the attached list of definitions

1. Spread out the pictures from previous lesson on the table. Review the list of "ch" and "sh" words with your learner.
2. Cut out the attached list   of definitions and spread them out on a table.
3. Work with your learner to match the definitions with the pictures.
4. Have your learner read each definition and word aloud. Repeat the process as often as necessary.
5. Finally, put away the pictures and definitions. Read the definitions aloud and have your learner identify each word.

*More advanced learners: have your learner orally define each word.  
Don't forget to use this resource! 

Need the password? Contact Yadira or Jody.  
Misc. Information
Please tell your learner about this opportunity:

English for the Workplace
10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturdays Feb. 10 through March 17, 2018
Gail Borden Library - South Elgin Branch  127 S McLean Blvd.

Participants will improve their English language skills to get a 
job or move ahead in their job in this free 6-week course. 
Students will practice dialog, interviews, vocabulary, and
use laptops for Internet searches, emailing and creating a  resume.

Only 12 spots; please register through the Gail Borden website.

Register Here                   English for the Workplace Flyer
Get your taxes done for free at a Center for Economic Progress (CEP) tax site near you.  Open January 27 thru April 17, 2018

Services are free to:

Individuals with incomes less than $30,000
Families (more than one person in home) with incomes less than $55,000

See this flyer for additional information and site locations.  
January 2018
High school students in grades 9, 10, 11 should begin to think about their plans for life after high school. Are they interested in college?  University?  Trade school? Ask for help at the library to research jobs and careers.   Contact Melissa Lane at mlane@gailborden.info or setup an appointment at 847-289-5837.  
27th Annual  Tutor and Adult Learner Conference
Saturday April 21, 2018
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Whether you're staff, a tutor, or a basic, ESL or GED student at the beginning, intermediate, or advance level, there is always something for everyone at the On the Road to Literacy Conference . Twenty-plus workshops in a variety of areas will explore strategies, techniques, and materials to use to build vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation, comprehension, reading, writing and computational skills in or out of tutoring sessions.  More information here .
Would you help spread the word about our need for tutors?
Adults Remain On Our Wait List
There are  55 potential learners currently on our waiting list. These learners need to be tested before they can enter the program, and are not ready to be matched.

We do everything we can to match our tutors and learners as fast as possible. We must find a pair that has the same availability , and this often slows down the process.  
If you are currently waiting for a learner, we are working on setting up a match meeting as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. 

The learners in this file are tested and ready to be matched.  Are you interested in being matched with one of them?  Please contact Jody.

If you have specific questions please contact  Jody .

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