Happy Holidays!
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December 2018

Dear Tutors,

As we say goodbye to 2018, we want to recognize all of the magnificent work you do as volunteer tutors! You make our mission possible. With every moment you invest, every conversation you start, you pave the way for more adults in our community to learn English and reach their full potential. Truly, Literacy DuPage cannot work without you. On behalf of the staff, and every learner we serve, we sincerely thank you for your generosity this giving season and season throughout the year.

We wish you and your families a very happy holiday season!

All of us at Literacy DuPage
Mentor's Tutor Tip from Trainer Karen Fuist

December is a busy month for everyone. So our lessons need to be fun to keep everyone's minds off of what they need to do!

Here are some worksheets and activities to use as warm up for your lessons this month. They are based on the coming New Year, so we will be talking about the future.

Levels 0-1
  • Talk about things we do on New Year's Eve and Day using the vocabulary and pictures from Worksheet #1 and 2.
  • Make an extra copy, cut out the pictures and play memory.
  • Make a word sort by cutting out the verbs that go with the pictures and matching the verbs to the pictures. Worksheets #1 and 2.

Levels 2-3 (All of the above)
  • Using a Venn Diagram talk and write about how our learners celebrate New Year's Eve/Day in the U.S. Worksheet #3.
  • Discuss and write about what is the same about the celebrations using the middle section of the Venn Diagram. Worksheet #3.
  • Talk, write, and read about the future using, "I am going to ___________." Worksheet #4.

Levels 4-5 (All of the above)

Fun for everyone depending on your learner's interest:

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January – June 2018 Peer Tutor Mentor Dates
Mark your calendar with these upcoming dates to join Peer Tutor Mentor sessions:
January 22 
February 12
March 4 
April 2 
May 2 
June 3 
The sessions are held 2 times per date:
10:00am – 11:30am in the LDP Office
6:30pm – 8:00pm at the Lisle Library
Prior to each monthly session tutors will receive a meeting invitation.

We hope your schedule will permit you to participate!
Literacy DuPage
Holiday Closing

The Literacy DuPage Office will be closed for the Holidays on December 22, 2018 through January 1, 2019.

The LDP office will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Enjoy your Holidays!
Conversation Groups

ESL intermediate and above level students are encouraged to participate in one or more of LPD’s conversation groups. Click here for a list of current locations, days and times.  New locations are Addison Public Library and Loaves & Fishes (Naperville).

Conversation groups are facilitated by LDP tutors and provide a relaxed and enjoyable way for students to practice their listening and speaking skills with a variety of participants. Encourage your learner to attend!
Conversation Starter: "Home"

Some of the conversation  starters this month include  questions, such as . . .

→ What pictures do you have on your walls?

→ What's more important, comfort or style?

→ Where or what would be your dream home?

You can access the full  conversation starter activity  by clicking here .
Health Literacy Awareness:
National Handwashing Week

In observance of Health Awareness in December, click on the links below to view helpful resources on the above important topics:

Each Week of the Year: 
Readings for ESL Students

Reprinted with permission:
ESL Teacher's Holiday Activities Kit
by Elizabeth Claire
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