PLS Literacy eNewsletter - June 2012

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PLS Literacy Newsletter


Dear Visitor,

Thank you for all of your hard work. We appreciate all that you do as a tutor to teach English as a second language or basic literacy skills.

This is the June 2012 edition of the PLS Literacy eNewsletter. We hope this will provide you with valuable information about literacy events available for both tutors and students.



Check out these new booksitems...

from Pottawatomie County Literacy:

Start To Finish Gold Computer Book Kits
If you haven't yet checked out one of the 20 titles on CD ROM come by the literacy cabinets and try one! These great kits contain a matching book, audio book, and a copy of the book on computer disc. They provide a great array of multisensory learning options.

Oxford Picture Dictionary Workbooks
These workbooks come in different levels and correlate perfectly with the Oxford Picture Dictionary Monolingual edition. The workbooks come with a CD so students can review pronunciation from each lesson.

(For more information on the above titles, contact Beth Lyle at 273-3334 or .)

from Cleveland County Literacy:

Pronounce It Perfectly in English
This CD and book program emphasizes speaking and standard intonation patterns in American-style English. Students learn to speak with an authentic American accent.

Writing It Down and Writing To Others
These basic workbooks guide learners through the basics of everyday writing and provide practice in writing for real-life situations. They feature units on application forms, making lists, writing business letters, using the computer in daily life and much more.

(For more information on these titles, contact Jane Douglass at 701-2682 or )


PLS Word magazine - summer 2012 edition coverCool Summer Programs at your Library
Be sure to pick up a copy of the Summer WORD magazine for a preview of summer activities for all ages. "Dream Big: READ!" is the summer reading theme for children. Young Adults are invited to "Own the Night" while adults can enjoy the theme "Between the Covers." Special programs include 'Dance the Night Away' with Jose Bracamontes Ramirez, 'Make a Mask-Strike a Pose' and 'Creating a Family Cookbook'.

Tutor Cafe'

Date:  Tuesday June 26, 2012
Time:  4-5 p.m.
Location:  Shawnee Public Library

Join us for coffee, cookies, and an opportunity to meet other tutors and exchange ideas.  This month’s topic:  Multisensory Learning – what works for your student?  For more information call Beth at 273-3334.


ESL Classes

English as a Second Language Class

Date: Thursdays

Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location: Purcell Public Library

All students are invited to attend this class and improve their English speaking and writing skills.

ESL Conversation Class

Date: Saturday - June 9th; 16th; 23rd; 30th
Time: 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Shawnee Public Library Conference Room

We will be reading newspapers and books and practicing conversation skills in English during this fun 4 week class. We will also have opportunities to share news about our culture and customs and learn about other cultures.

Citizenship Class

Date: Mondays

Time: 6 p.m - 7 p.m.

Location: Purcell Public Library

Immigrants who would like to become U.S. citizens can learn information that is on the citizenship test.


GED Class

No summer classes. GED classes will resume in the fall.


Tutor Cafe'

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Shawnee Public Library Computer Training Center

Tutor Café is meeting on a new date and time! Join us for coffee, cookies and an opportunity to meet other tutors and exchange ideas.  This month’s topics are:  Setting goals with your student using ‘Smarter Plans’ and  How to use eReaders (Kindles and Nooks) with your students.  For more information contact Beth at 273-3334.


Book Clubs

Odyssey Book Club

We are taking the summer off. Join us in September for our annual "Back to School Picnic" at Andrews Park in Norman.
Have a safe and happy summer!

New Readers Book Club

cover - Picture Book of Thomas Alva EdisonBook: A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison by David A. Adler


Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Location: Shawnee Public Library Conference Room

All tutors and students are welcome to attend. Come practice reading and conversation skills. Pick up a copy of the book ahead of time for you and your student. For more information, contact the Pottawatomie County Literacy Office at 273-3334 or


Dyslexia Workshop
Date: June 5, 2012
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Shawnee Public Library, Rooms A/B

Presented by Patricia Cook, a Reading Specialist and certified Dyslexia Testing Specialist, this workshop will address the myths about dyslexia, identify the classic warning signs and give suggestions for classroom accommodations and techniques to improve reading, writing and spelling. It is free and open to the public.


Tip Of The Month

The Four Language Skill Areas: Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing

Design or choose activities that involve each of the four language skills. For example, if you are teaching how to use the verb "be" explain and practice the correct usage orally. Then ask your student to listen to several sentences with "be" and identify the correct and incorrect sentences. Follow this up with a reading or writing exercise (such as fill in the blanks) using sentences or a longer text containing several forms of "be."


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