November 2018
24W500 Maple Avenue, STE 214—Naperville, Illinois 60540 —630.416.6699
Dear Tutors,

Thank you to everyone who attended our Recognition Luncheon on October 13th! We consider it a privilege to recognize all of our tutors and learners for their time and efforts spent in our program. We hope you enjoyed your time with us, as much as we enjoyed having you there!  

Carol & Camille

Easy Reading:
Veterans Day

Veteran's Day is the next official United States public holiday that is annually celebrated on November, 11. It is a day where we celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans and the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918.

"Veteran" means "someone who has served in the military." The President holds a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington. Many communities hold their own ceremonies. World War I ended on November 11, 1918. The armistice -- the agreement ending the war -- was signed that morning. The fighting ended at 11:00 AM that day. It was the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. After the war, many countries celebrated November 11th. In English-speaking countries, it was called Armistice Day.

As the U.S. took part in more wars, the meaning of the holiday changed. It was no longer only a reminder of the end of World War I. It became a day to honor all Americans who had fought in wars. In 1954, its name was changed to "Veterans Day."

For several years, starting in 1968, Veterans Day was celebrated on the fourth Monday in October. People didn't like this, though. November 11th had great meaning for many of them. In 1978, Veterans Day was moved back to November 11th.

The poppy is a symbol of Veterans Day. During World War I, a poem about poppies growing in a military cemetery became very popular. Now, veterans' groups sell artificial poppies to raise money. Many people like to buy them and wear them on Veterans Day.

Reprinted with permission:  Each Week for a Year: Readings for ESL Students on Everyday Life in the USA  by Jane Wangersky.

Mentor's Tutor Tip from Trainer Karen Fuist

Fall/Autumn is a great time to help our learners with activities that could naturally fit into their lives. We like to celebrate Fall/Autumn in our area, so you can even take a field trip to Sonny Acres on North Avenue. You can make a wreath for their front door with items from the Dollar Tree. Or you can just take a walk around the library and pick up leaves and discuss the colors and smells.

So take a look at these autumn activities and see which ones will work for you.

All levels:

A Taste of Autumn

(Before doing this activity make sure there are no allergies to specific foods.)

For this activity you will need either pieces of pies or just these flavors: Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Apple, Pecan.

Review or learn the vocabulary that can be used to describe tastes and texture: sweet, rich, creamy, crunchy, juicy.

Brainstorm more words to describe the foods you brought.

Decide which tastes are your favorite and your learner's favorite.

Levels 3 and up:

This is a great time to teach comparisons. ( Worksheets 1,2,3 )
Make sentences using the Fall/Autumn taste vocabulary such as:
The pumpkin pie is creamier than the pecan pie

All levels:

Enjoying Autumn's Weather

The start of Fall/Autumn is a great time to talk about vocabulary. Here is a site that has some great pictures and vocabulary to talk about the seasons and the weather: Weather Vocabulary

These worksheets are from that site. ( Worksheets 4,5,6,7,8 )

Levels 3 and up:

Discuss weather reports.
  • What is the weather like in your country now?
  • What is your favorite type of weather?
  • Have you experienced an earthquake, tornado, tsunami etc.

Do the severe weather crossword. ( Worksheets 9,10 )

Write a story about severe weather they have experienced.

Use the comparison chart to compare weather and make sentences.
2018 Recognition Luncheon Pictures!
Please click  here  to access all of the wonderful pictures taken at our luncheon on October 13th!
Student Speaker
Thelma McPherson Outstanding Learner Award Recipient
Student Speaker
Volunteer Lynn
Ronald L. McDaniel Volunteer of the Year Award
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. 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!   
In-Office Volunteer Opportunity

The program is in need of a volunteer to occasionally assemble new tutor training binders. Please contact Carol at or (630) 416 6699 for more information.
Volunteer Outreach Opportunities

Interested in connecting the community with Literacy DuPage? We have outreach opportunities throughout DuPage County and are looking for Literacy DuPage tutors and/or learners to help represent us. If you and/or your learner is interested, please see the attached document for dates and times. A short one hour training will be provided. Please contact Laura Wickramasinghe at or (630) 416-6699 with questions or to express your interest. 
Conversation Starter: "Health"

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

→ Do you have a healthy diet?

→ How often do you go to the doctor for a check-up?

→ Do you get enough exercise?

You can access the full  conversation starter activity  by clicking here .
Health Curriculum and Materials to Teach About Diabetes and the Great American Smokeout:

Health Literacy Awareness:
American Diabetes Month
GERD Awareness Week
The Great American Smokeout
National Health Literacy Day

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

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