Volume 64 | January 21, 2023

Happy New Year, Tutors! 

Achieving literacy in English is essential for integrating into the community, being able to complete basic daily living tasks, making new friends, and seeking employment.

As tutors, we want to support our students' sense of social and psychological well-being.

It is important that we see what our students bring to their tutoring sessions – wisdom, perseverance, courage -- not only what they lack, such as English and formal schooling.

Thank you for the understanding, empathy, and patience that you demonstrate working with your student every week. 

With gratitude and hope,

Carol Garcia

Your Tutor Support Specialist

Teaching Tips

Here are some materials to use with low-literacy-level students:

  • The ESL Story Bank is a collection of short stories, by level, written specifically for adult ESL learners. 

  • Making It Real: Teaching Pre-literate Adult Refugee Students: Where and how do you start teaching these learners? What do you need to teach them? What do they need and want to know? This book attempts to answer these questions and reviews some effective practices for teaching pre-literate adult refugees. (116 pages)

Tutor Engagement

News for You Online has a NEW password.

Use LDP’s password 959324 to access News for You Online. Several new features have been added to the newspaper. Watch this short video for two fresh ideas.

A Warm Thank You!

Thank you to our 50th Anniversary celebration supporters, who generously donated 46 gifts for our monthly tutor and learner prize drawings throughout 2022! Please patronize these DuPage County businesses.

Resources to Note

The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service.

The benefit provides:

  • Up to $30/month discount for internet service
  • Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.

Check for eligibility

Spay Illinois is offering free pet rabies and distemper vaccines, available to residents receiving LINK benefits.

For more information, visit the Spay Illinois website.

Free Classes at PRC

The People’s Resource Center offers free computer classes. Check out their current schedule or visit PRC's website for more information.

Feeling creative? Join Abstract Painting with Tape on January 25th

at 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast with Baby

On the third Saturday of each month, Breakfast with Baby on Army Trail Road in Carol Stream provides families in need with a healthy breakfast, diapers, baby wipes, clothing, baby accessories, and a faith connection.


Literacy Minnesota offers a variety of webinars. Feel free to join in:

Teaching Reading Vocabulary Remotely or In Person

- 1/23 - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Working with Literacy and Beginning Level ESL Learners

- 1/31 - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Developing and Practicing Reading Fluency

- 2/1 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Writing Activities for Beginning Literacy and Beginning English Language Learners

- 2/6 - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Teaching Intermediate Alphabetics

- 2/13 - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

How Adult Brains Learn Languages

- 2/15 - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Remote Instruction: Realities, Recommendations, and Essential Zoom Skills

- 2/16 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Comprehension Strategies for Intermediate-Level Readers

- 2/22 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Need help? Reach out to Carol Garcia, your Tutor Support Specialist.

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