March 19 2010

Thank You to Our Presenters at the ESL Workshop

I want to thank everyone who helped make our workshop on March 17 a success. We all enjoyed the presentation by Dale Lipschultz from the American Library Association, and our panel of representatives from the local tutoring groups (Gloria Alicea of School on Wheels, Rick Lockner and Lynn Weissburg of Literacy DuPage, and Maryanna Milton of the People’s Resource Center) was very informative. I also want to thank Yvonne Riley at the Metropolitan Library System for facilitating the event, and the publishers who came to display their materials.

Finally, I would like to thank the LEARN committee who put the workshop together: Esther Chase (Berwyn Library), Tina Viglucci (Aurora Library), Ann Weaver (Westchester Library) and Jean Demas(Lisle Library). It was a pleasure working with you.

Joe Popowitch (Indian Prairie Library)

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March 5 2010

Ask us and we can help

Are you having trouble finding a book?  Do you need to find an ESL class or a tutor?  Are you a tutor that needs help finding specific materials to help your student?  Post your questions here, and we will find the answers.

March 5 2010

Free Web site to Help Immigrants Learn English

The U.S. Department of Education launched U.S.A. Learns, a free Web site to help immigrants learn English. The Web site, which is located at www.USALearns.org, provides approximately 11 million adults who have low levels of English proficiency with easily accessible and free English language training.

U.S.A. Learns offers the following features:

  • An easily accessible Internet learning tool;
  • Simple directions;
  • Free instructional materials developed to teach basic English skills and help adults improve their English proficiency; and
  • Learning modules that can be used outside a traditional classroom

Source: U.S. Department of Education

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March 5 2010

Tumblebooks

Some resources for children could also be used for adults learning English.  One such online tool is called Tumblebooks.  The TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books for children.  However, adults might find this easy-to-use resource very helpful for learning English, too. Many libraries offer access to this pay database.

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March 5 2010

Great Site For Recommended Resources

Visit the American Dream Toolkit Web site for recommended ESL titles. Thirty four public libraries from the American Dream Starts @ your library initiative contributed to the comprehensive list of print and digital resources. This annotated list,  the first of its kind, is an enormous contribution to the thousands of librarians and educators providing literacy services for adult English language learners.

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