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As we continue into the busy month of July, our team would like to thank you for your hard work. We have been hearing helpful feedback and have included some suggestions from your fellow tutors below in the Mentor's Tutor Tip. If you have any helpful tips of your own please feel free to share at
and be included in next month's newsletter! We look forward to seeing more growth and familiar faces at our workshop coming up soon.
Have a safe and happy Independence Day!
Best wishes from all of us at Literacy DuPage
Literacy DuPage will be volunteering at the beverage tents at the Naperville Ribfest on July 4th from 4:00-10:00 PM. We still need
THREE more volunteers for the soda tent.
If you're interested, please call us at (630) 416-6699 or email us at
We are thrilled to announce that one of our students, Lourdes, and her family will be the LDP representatives in the Ribfest Skybox seats this year. This Skybox opportunity was donated by the Naperville Exchange Club in recognition of our previous years of participation at Ribfest.
The Naperville Exchange Club sponsors Ribfest and relies on organizations and their volunteers to work at the event. Those participating organizations are eligible to receive grant funds from the Exchange Club. Literacy DuPage has participated in Ribfest for several years and has gratefully been a grant recipient. With your support and dedication, we can continue to provide life-changing experiences for our English learners.
Meet our Interns
We have been excited to welcome four bright interns at our office this summer. Read about their experiences so far as members of our team and their plans for the future.
will be a sophomore at Emory University in the fall and plans on majoring in English. She came across a volunteer listing for Literacy DuPage and wanted to find a way to contribute to the organization. “I immediately liked the idea of a system to help adult learners in DuPage, because I respect the power of communication as an avid writer,” Park said. “People deserve to express their opinions freely and should not be inhibited by a language barrier.” She cherishes every learning opportunity at our office as she creates these tutor newsletters, designs flyers, plans LDP events, and assists with marketing. While doing so, she hopes to develop her writing, speaking, and media skills for her legal or journalistic aspirations.
is a recent graduate from Benedictine University with a degree in Writing and Publishing. “I came to Literacy DuPage after receiving an internship flyer from one of my favorite professors at Benedictine, and it just looked like a really good fit for me,” Rusch said. “It was local, and had the social media component and of course the literacy part as well.” Rusch has spent the majority of her time writing grant letters for the organization. “It’s nice to know I’ve had a hand in making sure the organization has the funding they need to support the learners and tutors.” After spending time in the LDP office, Rusch hopes to work for another non-for-profit in the future.
will be a senior at Benedictine University majoring in Marketing. She was initially drawn to LDP's marketing intern position, but her Spanish background expanded her interest to other spots.“There was an opening for client reporting that preferred someone who was bilingual, so that was an opportunity to use my skills and put it to practice,” Soto said. After working in retail for years, Soto loves the new office environment. “I'm liking it a lot so far here, I feel like I’m learning ways to use Excel or even a printer because it seems so basic, but everyone is so willing to help and I really appreciate that,” said Soto. Soto hopes to attend a graduate program and continue toward her ultimate goal of becoming a creative director.
will be a senior majoring in Marketing at Benedictine University. She first applied for the internship not only to contribute to Literacy DuPage but to also to learn the skills for her own company, Oloni Cardelle. Yuen and her fiance, whom she met at Benedictine, first started the clothing and accessory company in January 1st, 2017. Yuen believes that her experience at Literacy DuPage will serve as a learning model to expand her company. “With my clothing line I do a lot of video editing and also post lots of social media content," she said. "So I’ll be able to strengthen [scheduling and posting skills] here and apply that to my company,” Yuen said. She looks forward to contributing to new changes at LDP and wants to continue her marketing talents in Georgia in the future.
Mentor's Tutor Tip provided by Tutor/Trainer/Mentor, Karen Fuist
Here are the activities to use for this month:
- Use the KWL chart (Know/Want to Know/Learn) to talk about the pictures with your learner.
- Use the two dialogues that go with this picture. Choose the dialogue that best suits your learner. Read it at least 3 times with your learner before you role-play the dialogue. (Tutor reads/choral read/learner reads)
- Practice the vocabulary words. There are 2 different lists. Choose the one that best suits your learner’s level.
- Practice spelling using the Pyramid Method. (See the sample page). The blank chart is attached here.
- Explain the differences between do and make. Make up sentences to go with these words that are part of your learner’s life experiences. Here is a chart with some examples.
- Have fun with the Body Parts Idioms!
Our tutors also gave us some great ideas this month!
- Gail suggested using a whiteboard from the Dollar Store to show how to pronounce words. She also breaks the words into syllables and gives short definitions. Gail found a Fischer Price doctor’s kit that she is using to have her learner see and describe tools a doctor would use.
- La Tanya found success using the Total Physical Response (TPR) method to practice commands.
- Barbara used the Hierarchy of Questions to ask questions about what her learner is reading.
- Allison has put proverbs on index cards. On one side she writes the proverb (“Where there is a will there is a way.”) On the other side she writes an explanation.
- Greg has found that using YouTube videos for songs is helping his learner.
We hope this gives you some good ideas! Happy tutoring!
Lesson Plan: The Doctor's Office
to teach a lesson about communicating health history information using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. This presents a typical situation at the doctor's office and introduces your student to the vocabulary and grammar used i
n this context.
Students can practice expressing their health conditions and histories in both written and oral form. The lesson is geared toward high beginning level ESL learners— please note you may need to adjust the level of difficulty to meet your student's needs. The lesson will provide a foundation for you to decrease or increase the skill level as appropriate.
Pledge of Allegiance
In the United States, most children begin their day in school with the Pledge of Allegiance. They stand up, put their hands on their hearts, and say together: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
"Allegiance" means loyalty to an authority. These words are a promise to be loyal to the United States. They are also a reminder of some traditional American values: religion, freedom (liberty), and fairness (justice). "Indivisible" means the country cannot be broken up, as it nearly was during the Civil War.
The Pledge was written by Francis Bellamy in 1892. He headed a committee of the National Education Association. He wrote it for a flag-raising ceremony that schools were planning for Columbus Day. The Pledge was printed in a magazine and became very popular.
The first Pledge was a little different than it is now. Bellamy used the words "my flag" instead of the "the flag of the United States of America". He did not write "under god". That was added years later.
Some children and parents have complained about the Pledge of Allegiance. Some say it's wrong to make children say something that mentions God. People have gone to court over the Pledge. But most American adults remember it as a part of every school day. For many American children, it still is.
Reprinted with permission: Each Week for a Year: Readings for ESL Students on Everyday Life in the USA by Jane Wangersky
Summer Office Closings
Wednesday, July 4th
We are still seeking
more volunteer to start a conversation group in Addison Library for the upcoming fall. This group will meet twice a month from 10am-12pm.
Conversation Starter: "The Future"
Some of the conversation starters this month include questions, such as . . .
→ Would you like a car that drives itself?
→ Do you think people will work more or less in the future?
→ If it was possible to time-travel, which time period would you like to visit?
You can access the full conversation starter activity by clicking
Peer Tutor Mentor Me
Below are the upcoming Peer Tutor Mentor dates for July, 2018 – December, 2018.