PLS Literacy eNewsletter - September 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.

“The wisest mind has something yet to learn.”
George Santayana

International Literacy Day- September 8

Did you know that International Literacy Day was proclaimed by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) on November 17, 1965 and first celebrated officially in 1966?

On this day, around the world, celebrations take place to raise awareness of and remind the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning.

It is estimated that approximately 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills with one in five adults still not literate.  According to UNESCO’s “Global Monitoring Report on Education for All” (2006), the lowest literacy rates in the world are Burkina Faso, (12.8%), Niger (14.4%) and Mali (19%). 

Thank you for the global difference you are making every day!

Tip of the Month: More Student Talk, Less Tutor Talk

Whenever possible try to design activities that enable ESL student s to do most of the talking in your tutoring sessions.  Although there will be times when you, as the tutor, have to explain or clarify, it is important to give your student the opportunity to practice speaking English as much as possible.  Try to avoid the tendency to dominate the conversation.  Remember that the ESL lesson may be one of the student’s few chances to speak English.



Get Ready to Vote!

Date: September 4, 2012
Time:  7-8 p.m.
Location:  Norman Library - 
Computer Training Center
your vote counts button
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

It’s time to PARTY! Join us on Tuesday, September 11th at 6 p.m. for our annual “Back to School Picnic” at Andrews Park in Norman.  The pavilion is reserved so mark your calendar.  Sandwiches, salads and water will be provided.  Bring a dessert to share and invite your student to our fall gathering.  We’ll preview this year’s events and programs.

Notice:  In case of severe heat, we will meet next door in Rooms A/B at the Norman Library.

Tutor Rountable

Mark Tuesday, October 30 on your calendar and join us as we look at all the print resources available for you to use with your Literacy or ESL students.

Classes @ the Purcell Public Library

English as a Second Language Class
Date:  Mondays September 17 & 24
Thursdays September 6 & 13
Time:  7 – 8 p.m.
Location:  Purcell Public Library
GED Class
Date:  Wednesdays
Time:  6-7 p.m.
Location:  Purcell Public Library
Citizenship Class
Date: Mondays September 17 & 24
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library




GED Programs @ the Shawnee Library

Saturday Morning MathDo 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!  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 Monday, September 17 from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. or Saturday, September 22 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.

Tutor Cafe

Date:  Tuesday, September 25
Time:  4 p.m.
Location:  Shawnee Public Library

This month we will be previewing The Barton Reading System materials for use with dyslexic students.  Join us for coffee and a chance to connect with your fellow tutors.

New Readers Book Club

Book: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordecai Gerstein

Date: Tuesday, September 25

Time 3-4 p.m.

Location: Shawnee Public Library

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 Beth Lyle at 273-3334 or bethlyle@


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

Thank you!

For your convenience, you can now report your volunteer hours online! Click here to report your hours.

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