Calvary Lutheran Church Conversation Group

Calvary Lutheran Church, located at 107 N. Wood Dale Road in Wood Dale, continues its  Conversational English Group in January.  Individuals with a basic understanding
of English are invited to come practice and improve their speaking skills.  There is a one-time materials fee of $10, which can be paid after the class begins.

The group will meet every Wednesday morning from 9:30 until 11:00 a.m. beginning on January 15 and continuing through May 21.   Students are welcome to visit the class first and register later. For more information, or to register for the group, please contact the Church Secretary at (630) 766-2838.

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Spring 2014 LEARN Meeting

The spring LEARN meeting will be Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. at Harper College in Palatine. I will post an agenda when we get closer to that date.

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Special LEARN Meeting about Citizenship Corner

A special LEARN meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23 at 3:15 at Indian Prairie Library in Darien. Rachel Brooks, who is an Americorps Fellow working with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and who is assigned to World Relief DuPage, is working to develop a collaborative relationship with libraries in DuPage County in order to implement a “citizenship corner” in each library. This approach is based on a USCIS initiative from California which has recently been implemented with the City of Chicago libraries. The “citizenship corner” would include a four-hour training for one or more people on staff at each library to be able to better help immigrants going through the citizenship process.
Rachel will explain the idea of the citizenship corner and how it has been used at other libraries. She will be available to answer questions. For those libraries interested in participating, the training sessions will be in September.

If you can attend the meeting, please RSVP to
Thank you.
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Join the Human Race 5K Run/Walk

Have you joined the the Literacy DuPage “Laps for Literacy Team” yet?

The Human Race 5K Run/Walk is on Saturday, April 21 at 9:00 a.m.

Registration is now open and spots are limited!

To register, click here or visit
Be sure to choose Literacy DuPage as your team!

The 5K event (or two mile fitness walk), hosted by Giving DuPage, will take place in the Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton.

Registration for the event is $25 of which 60% is returned to us.

Once registered for The Human Race, you’ll receive instructions on how to create your own web page to send to friends and family to obtain pledges and spread the word about Literacy DuPage. Each runner or walker can set a personal fundraising goal of $50, $75, or $100. It’s simple, just ask a few friends to sponsor you for $10 – it only takes 10 people to reach a goal of $100.

Our goal is to have a team of 75-100 participants raise $10,000. We will receive 90% of our pledges from Giving DuPage!

Spots are limited, sign up today before it’s sold out!

P.S. Know others who would be interested? Get a group together for some great fun, food, and prizes – all for a worthy cause.

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On the Road to Literacy Conference

This Conference is geared toward tutors and students, but it may have some useful information that libraries could use. Check it out at

The Literacy Volunteers of Illinois are hosting the “On the Road to Literacy Conference” on Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: The University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Literacy
Education, Performing Arts and Social Work Building, 1040 W. Harrison,
Chicago, IL 60607.

Whether you’re staff, a tutor, or an adult learner, there is always something for everyone at LVI and the UIC Center for Literacy’s On The Road To Literacy conference.

Twenty-plus workshops in a variety of areas will explore strategies, techniques, materials and games to build your vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation, comprehension, reading, writing, and computational skills in or out of tutoring sessions.

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People Educating People (PEP) Needs Volunteers

People Educating People (PEP) is the volunteer component of the ABE/GED/ESL Department at College of DuPage. PEP has been supporting adult learners since 1982.

PEP’s mission is to equip adult students with confidence and skills necessary for success in daily life.

PEP tutors work with adult students in the following subjects: reading, writing and basic math for persons without a high school diploma and beginning ESL. The tutors work with students one-on-one, small group or in a classroom setting.

Tutors are needed in 18 communities throughout DuPage County.  PEP requires all tutors to complete a 12-hour training series prior to working in the program.  Our next training series will be in February 2012.

We do understands that life can be busy for all of us.  If you or someone you know has the time to tutor one of our many students in need of reading, writing, math and English assistance, please contact Ashley at 630.942.2209.

Thank you!

Ruta Jonusaitis, Student Services Coordinator/PEP Volunteer Tutor Program

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Books Used by COD for ESL Classes

This term the College of Dupage has changed the textbook series they use for the Adult ESL program. They are now using the Cambridge University Press series called Ventures. It includes the following levels: Basic, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. These book levels correspond to the COD class levels from 0/1 to 6.

I just spoke with the representative from Cambridge University Press. She said that students can access the materials for Ventures at the Student Arcade. This includes the audio.

For libraries that still want to purchase print copies for students, she recommends buying the value pack for each level, which should include the student book with CD and the workbook. For the basic level, there is an extra “literacy” workbook which you might want, too.

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New ESL group at Glenside Public Library District

Saturday Morning ESL Group

Practice reading and speaking simple English at this free drop-in ESL group.  This group focuses more on practical everyday topics.  Activities include reading and practicing conversation.  Meetings take place in the Library’s Board Room.  Our next meetings are July 9 and August 13 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and September 10, October 8, and November 12 from 10 to 11 a.m.  Please contact Glenside’s Adult Services Department at 630-260-1550 for more information.


Dave Jansen, Adult Services Librarian
Glenside Public Library District
Glendale Heights, IL 60139

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Mango Languages

If there are any libraries in the Chicago area which have the database Mango Languages, please let me know. I am making a list for School on Wheels.

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