PLS Literacy eNewsletter - August 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.

“Teachers open the door.  You enter by yourself”

                                         Chinese Proverb

State-wide Health Literacy Summit

Health Literacy is generally described as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

Oklahoma’s first Health Literacy Summit will be held September 27th at the NCED Conference Center in Norman. This one day event will open with a welcome by Jari Askins and an overview of health literacy by keynote speaker Andrew Pleasant, Health Literacy and Research Director, Canyon Ranch Institute.  Breakout sessions include:
  • Tips and Tricks for Effective Written Messages
  • Credible, Understandable and Free Online Medical Information at your Fingertips
  • Are you Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: the Living Longer Living Stronger Workshop
  • Providing Health Information to Foreign-Born Populations
For more information about the summit go to:  
We have funds to send a few tutors so if you would like to attend, contact us:
Cleveland County:
Pottawatomie County:
McClain County:

Tip of the Month: Charge or Cash?

Together with your student, complete a charge card application or order form.  Discuss credit buying, interest rates and the implications to consumers.  Ask the student to develop a list of words on the form he wants to learn.  Discuss the words and ask him to design a credit application, or some other application, and include these words on the form.  Ask him to complete the applications(s) a few weeks later.

Or, ask your student to make a list of things he/she would like to buy.  If she doesn’t know how much the items cost, go online together, find a catalog or look for ads from newspapers. Then, using fake money or pictures of money, give the student amounts of money that may or may not be enough to buy a certain item.  Talk about sales taxes, if applicable, and how to calculate the total cost of the item.  Ask her if she has enough to buy the item and discuss responses. Discuss how much change your student would receive, or how much more money will be needed to obtain the item.
Evelyn Renner & Associates, Basic Literacy Tutor Survival Guide, 2002.

Tutor Rountable

Date:  August 21
Time:  1p.m. or   7 p.m.
Location:  Norman Library -
Computer Training Center
This month’s topic is “Resources @ Your Fingertips.”  Online help for both Basic Literacy and ESL students is easily available at the touch of a key.  Explore with us some exciting new phonics and spelling resources.  Let us show you NewsCurrents online.  Similar to News For You, this weekly online newspaper focuses on the news of the week covering everything from history and geography to literature, science and art.
Please note the change in time. This month only, the first session is at 1  p.m.  Both sessions are in the Computer Training Center in the Norman Library.  Join us for lively demonstrations of fun new resources!

Get Ready to Vote!

Date: September 4, 2012 
Time:  7-8 p.m.
Location:  Norman Library - 
Computer Training Center
This program is for all students, Literacy and ESL, who would like to learn more about our presidential election process and what to expect at the polling place. Jim Williams, Executive Secretary, Cleveland County Election Board, will be here to show us the latest voting equipment including devices that will read the ballot to you.  So mark your calendar and bring your student.

Odyssey Book and Conversation Club

Join us on September 11th for our annual “Back to School Picnic” at Andrews Park in Norman.  The pavilion is reserved so mark your calendar. More information to follow.


GED Programs @ the Shawnee Library

Saturday Morning Math - Do you know someone who is planning to take the GED and is a little worried about the math section?  Or maybe they need algebra, geometry, trigonometry or calculus help? Let Saturday Morning Math come to the rescue!  Beginning on August 11 the math lab will be open and staffed with volunteer tutors each Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m through September 29th.  Participants are welcome to bring their math books or test study guides.  Space is limited, so register online or call the literacy office at 273-3334 to reserve a space.
Introduction to GED Resources – The library has great online resources for anyone planning to take the GED.  Join us on Saturday, August 18 from 10-11 a.m. and learn how to study for the GED and take practice tests online. This will be a great confidence builder. The class will be offered again Tuesday, September 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, September 22 from 10-11 a.m.

Tutor Cafe

Date:  Tuesday, August 14
Time:  4 p.m.
Location:  Shawnee Public Library
Join us for coffee, cookies and an opportunity to meet other tutors and exchange ideas.

New Readers Book Club

Cool off at the New Reader’s Book Club Ice Cream Social on August 14, from 3-4 p.m. in Shawnee.  For more information call Beth Lyle at 273-3334.

Classes @ the Purcell Public Library

English as a Second Language Class
Date:  Mondays & Thursdays -Starting Aug. 20th
Time:  7 – 8 p.m.
Location:  Purcell Public Library
GED Class
Date:  Tuesdays -Starting August 21st
Time:  6-7 p.m.
Location:  Purcell Public Library



Gentle Reminder

As always, don't forget to give us your tutoring hours for July. You may click on the link below, call or email us at 701-2682 or

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