PLS Literacy eNewsletter - September 2013

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PLS Literacy Newsletter


"The wisest mind has something yet to learn." - George Santayana

Dear Visitor,

It's Picnic Time


September is here and that means it's Back to School Picnic time for Cleveland County Literacy. We would love for you and your student to join us at Andrews Park (just north of the Norman Library) for our 4th annual picnic. We'll preview what we have planned for the coming year. Sandwiches and salads will be provided, just bring your favorite dessert to share.


Quick Cultural Quiz


How many of these questions can you answer about your learner’s language and culture?  Below is a fun quiz developed by the Regina Public Library for their ESL Tutor Training workshops.

How many meals are usually eaten in a day?
At what times?
What is the main meal?
What foods are usually served at the main meals?

What gestures are commonly used for greetings?
What gesture is used when asking for silence? For  calling someone over?
How is approval shown at concerts or public performances?

What is a typical full name?
When and how does a person receive their name?
In what order are names written (family name first?)
How do names and titles change when a person is married?

What are the most important holidays?
What is their significance?  Are they religious holidays?

What numbers are regarded as lucky/unlucky? Why?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions ask your student.  It may lead to an interesting exchange of information.

Online Resources

These websites might give you a few new ideas for your tutoring sessions.

Online News Site

This site presents an easy and informative way to read and listen to American English hosted by The Voice of America News. It also includes lessons and practice.


This is a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Program.  One of their goals is to provide free rice to hungry people world-wide.  For each correct answer 10 grains of rice are donated through the World Food Program. Watch out, it’s addictive!

Tools for Educators

Free custom worksheets, games and other resources for tutors to design and print.  Create word search, bingo, vocabulary, spelling and many more games.



Tutoring Tips

VocabAdd a Word
Ask the student to make word cards for the nouns she’s learned.  Next, ask her to pick a card and add a word to the word on the card.  For example, if the noun on the card was car, she might add the word small and say “small car.”  You could add another word, such as blue, and the student would say “small blue car.”

Continue adding words as long as the sentence makes sense and there is a high degree of success.  When the sentence is completed, write it down and discuss the words used in the sentence.  Then, continue with the next noun card.  After the sentences have been completed and written, introduce the parts of speech, such as adjectives, verbs, etc.  Or, use adjective and verb cards.  The student has to add the adjective or verb card to one of the sentences already developed, or develop a new sentence with the word.  As the sentences are developed, the cards used for each sentence should be placed on the table so the student can recall the sentences and sequence of the words in each sentence being developed. Basic Literacy Tutor Survival Kit. Evelyn Renner and Associates. 2002.


Book Clubs

Odyssey Book & Conversation Club

What: Annual Tutor/Student Picnic
Where: Andrews Park (north of the Norman Library)
When: 6 p.m. - Tuesday, September 10th

Book discussion sessions will resume in October.

New Reader's Book Club


Book: Manfish: the story of Jacques Cousteau
Date: September 19, 2013
When: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Shawnee Library, Conference Room

This beautifully illustrated biography creates a picture of Cousteau as a small boy that is magical and inspiring.

McClain County Classes

English as Second Language
Evening class:
Date: Mondays - Sep. 9, 23, 30
Thursdays - Sep. 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library

This fall we will also have a six-week morning class:

Date: Thursdays, September 5 - October 10
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library

ESL Computer Class
Date: Wednesday - Sep. 11
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library

GED Class
Date: Wednesdays - Sep. 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library

Citizenship Class
Date: Mondays – Sep. 9, 23, 30
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library



As always, don't forget to report your tutoring hours for the month. You may report your volunteer hours online, call 701-2682 or email us at

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