March 2, 2017

Dear  ,

Warm greetings to you! It's the perfect time to let you know, it's a pleasure working with you!  Thank you for being a volunteer with us.  

The Literacy Connection Staff
20th Annual 
Trivia Bee Fundraiser
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Registration is now open!

Please visit our website for more information.

Are you available to help prepare for the day and/or volunteer time the day of the event?  If so, please send  us an email.
Tutor & Learner Interviews - We need YOU!
For the fourth year, we are participating with The ECC Learning Community Class (English 101 and ESL Level 10 Students) in an interview project. ECC students will interview our learners and tutors, and then write profiles about them. This is a mutually beneficial project that provides us with success stories to share and ECC students with interview candidates who share their language-learning experience.

Interviews will be Wednesday, March 15 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Gail Borden Library. We are looking for fifteen tutors and learners to be the interviewees. In addition to Spanish, the ECC students' native countries/languages include Polish, Thai, Hungarian, Ghanaian, Bulgarian, Indian, and Iraqi. If you or your learner shares this language, please volunteer! ECC students will be able to use their native languages in the interview.

Please contact Yadira or Jody for more information or to sign up. If you are interested, but not available at the set time, please let us know and we can try to make other arrangements.
Literacy Connection Job Posting 
Outreach & Resource Coordinator

To design and implement a volunteer recruitment and            
recognition plan 
To create and coordinate publicity efforts for agency events
and programs
To execute fundraising activities and assist in writing grant       proposals

See full job description  here .

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to The Literacy Connection via email only employment@elginliteracy.org. Requests for more information will be handled via e-mail. 


Applications received by Friday, March 3 will be given preference, but position is open until filled.
Tutor Tip 

Total Physical Response
In an 80's flashback, Olivia Newton John reminds us to "Get Physical!"  It's great advice for tutoring sessions too.  Moving around not only taps into a different kind of learning, it can liven up the session, teach new vocabulary, or review old concepts.  In the realm of ESL learning, this is referred to as TPR (Total Physical Response).  Here are the basic steps:
  1. Select approximately 5 new commands. A basic command sequence might be: stand up, pick up the apple, put it down, sit down. 
  2. List all the commands in the order you plan to teach them.
  3. Gather any equipment, props or pictures you will need. If you're lesson involves an object, bring 2 so that you can model the commands or do them with the learner.
  4. Teach the commands by doing the following
a. Model the action as you give the command. Speak slowly and clearly. Use exaggerated gestures and facial expressions.
b. Perform the actions with the learner several times.
c. Give the command without performing the action yourself.
d. If the learner has trouble, model it again.
e. Repeat steps A-D for each command.
f. Review commands in random order.
TPR can be a great way  to teach more complex sequencing like setting a table, addressing an envelope, getting dressed to go out in the cold, or baking a cake.  Get creative! Get physical! Have fun!

Adapted from Teaching Adults: A Literacy Resource Book    New Readers Press   2013


ProLiteracy Education Network
Online Courses and Resources  ProLiteracy Education Network is a comprehensive collection of online courses and resources for adult literacy and ESOL instructors, program staff, trainers, and adult learners. 
See more here
IACEA Conference
The Illinois Adult & Continuing Educators Association annual conference will be March 8-10, 2017 at the Chicago Marriott in Naperville. For more information visit the IACEA website.

The mission of IACEA is to provide leadership, representation and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners in order to advance, unify and professionalize the field.
Free Tax Preparation Program is Now Open!
Families making $55,000 or less and individuals making $30,000 or less
are eligible to have their taxes prepared and filed for FREE with this program. Download this flyer and share! 
2017 YLA Application NOW AVAILABLE!
Deadline: Must be received at the YLA office by Friday, March 17, 2017.

The YLA, a non-profit organization, serves low-income students with a unique leadership training program. Students who complete the six-year 
training are eligible for a full-tuition scholarship to attend Elgin Community College for two consecutive years to complete an associate's degree and a possible full-tuition scholarship to attend Judson University for an additional up to three years.

The application is available for students currently in sixth grade. Students must reside in the Elgin Community College District 509 boundaries (these include the geographical boundaries of School District U-46, D300, D301, and D303).

Please visit www.ylaecc.org to download a copy of the application. 

Human Race
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 8AM
McHenry County College
8900 US RT 14
Crystal Lake IL 60012

Encourage your learner, clients, friends, co-workers, and family to register, too!

Choose The Literacy Connection as your charity when you register, and 60% of the registration fee goes to our organization. The other 40% will be used to pay for expenses and to support volunteerism in McHenry County.

GET YOUR HERO ON - Register Online
* $35.00 January 1 to March 31
* $40.00 April 1 to April 21
* $15.00 Kids under 10 years old
*Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Fees listed above do not include the processing fee.
Would you help spread the word about our need for tutors?
Adults Remain On Our Wait List
There are 75   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 have a different group of learners who are tested and ready to be matched.
Matching these learners is our priority as they have been waiting the longest for a tutor. 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 held testing in February for new learners. Thank you for your patience as we prepare to match you.  

The following learners are available to be matched.  We have not been able to find a tutor with the same schedule.  Are you willing to work with any of these learners?

Gender ESL

Location Day Time Comments 
Male ESL Dundee Library  M all day  
Female ESL Dundee Library  M all day  
Male ESL Gail Borden  M-F after
4 p.m.   
Learner is illiterate in Spanish 
Female ESL Gail Borden  M-F  7 p.m.  
Female ESL Dundee Library  M/W    2:45 p.m. Learner needs a temporary tutor for Apr/May 
Female ESL Gail Borden  Tues 6 p.m.  

If you have specific questions please feel free to email Jody  or Yadira .

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