Update on our work with the 17 adult Afghan newcomers

Update on our work with the Afghan newcomers

Asheville has so far received 17 adult Afghan newcomers through Operation Allies Welcome. The first eleven to arrive have been matched with Literacy Together tutors for one-on-one instruction and are also taking ESOL classes at AB Tech – for a total of 15 hours per week of English lessons. The next six have arrived in recent days and are scheduled for registration with both AB Tech and Literacy Together.

We’ve been working very closely with staff from AB Tech and Catholic Charities, and along with Catholic Charities, we’ve experienced an outpouring of support from the community. To offer any other kind of support, please contact Catholic Charities at WROrefugeedonations@ccdoc.org.

We are so grateful for the ways people are stepping up to welcome our new neighbors! We also still have over 40 people from other countries who’ve been waiting for weeks or months for a tutor. To sign up to become a volunteer tutor click here.

 Thank you, Asheville!

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Gracemarie has been an ESOL tutor since 2015

ESOL tutor
 

Watch this video to learn more about her experience tutoring the same student since 2015. Thank you, Gracemarie!

 

 

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program teaches oral English, reading, and writing to adults who have immigrated to the U.S. from around the world. ESOL is the largest program at Literacy Together, serving approximately 250 students annually. Our students’ most common goals in learning English are to improve their employment prospects, help their children in school, and pass the U.S. Naturalization exam

Each student works with a trained volunteer tutor, either individually or in a small group of up to ten people. Tutoring takes place for two hours each week at times and locations that are mutually convenient for students and tutors. Tutors may choose to teach one (1) two-hour session or two (2) one-hour sessions each week and may do so online or in-person (read Barbara’s experience tutoring Maryna remotely).
 

ESOL students with a short-term goal of becoming United States citizens may choose to receive citizenship-specific tutoring and learning materials in the ESOL program. This curriculum focuses on U.S. history and civics, as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation. One hundred percent of students who received citizenship tutoring from Literacy Together and took the U.S. Naturalization Exam have passed it.

Read Mr. Lee’s success story

Should I be an ESOL tutor? What’s involved? Email volunteers@lit-together.org or call (828) 254-3442 x 204 to learn more and sign up for an upcoming orientation. Click here to read more about the tutor training.

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Evelyn and Walker love Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

“I wanted to share how wonderful it is to see Evelyn (now 5 and has officially graduated from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library), reading her DPIL books TO us that we spent years reading to her every month when they arrived. It’s a beautiful gift from a library that lasts beyond those 5 years!”  ~ Marilyn C.

Here are some pictures of Evelyn reading to Walker. Walker wasn’t very engaged in the beginning but Evelyn was able to quickly catch his attention! Good job! 😉
 
Evelyn and Walker love Dolly Parton's Imagination Library books!
 
 
Evelyn and Walker love Dolly Parton's Imagination Library books!

 

Evelyn and Walker love Dolly Parton's Imagination Library books!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library puts books into the hands and hearts of children across the world. The Imagination Library creates a home library of up to 60 books and instills a love of books and reading from an early age. DPIL is now mailing a free book each month to over 4,400 registered children in Buncombe County.  Here is the online registration form

 

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Remote ESOL tutoring at its best

Remote ESOL tutoring
 

Please read the remote ESOL tutoring success story of Barbara and Maryna! One advantage of our tutors and students having had to learn how to meet remotely is that they’re often more creative about keeping the learning going when travel plans interrupt their regular classes. Take Barbara and Maryna, for example: they’ve been meeting on Zoom since November 2020. Barbara lives in Florida for part of the year and Asheville for the other, but that hasn’t affected their lessons at all. And when Maryna went to Ukraine for an extended visit this summer, she kept in touch with Barbara and practiced her English by taking videos of what she was doing, narrating them in English, and emailing them to Barbara. 

“I am very happy to have such a wonderful teacher in my life! I thank Barbara for our informative and fun lessons.” ~ Maryna

Watch the video to learn more about Barbara’s experience tutoring Maryna, and read more success stories here!
 

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program teaches oral English, reading, and writing to adults who have immigrated to the U.S. from around the world. ESOL is the largest program at Literacy Together, serving approximately 250 students annually. Our students’ most common goals in learning English are to improve their employment prospects, help their children in school, and pass the U.S. Naturalization exam.

Each student works with a trained volunteer tutor, either individually or in a small group of up to ten people. Tutoring takes place for two hours each week at times and locations that are mutually convenient for students and tutors. Tutors may choose to teach one (1) two-hour session or two (2) one-hour sessions each week and may do so online or in person.

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Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2021

 
Adult education and family literacy week 2021
 
September 19-25, 2021 marks the annual Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, hosted by the National Coalition for Literacy.
 
This week exists to remind us all that reading, writing, and basic math remain an elusive target for 43 million adults nationwide, including 1 in 10 adults in Buncombe County (this is enough people to fill the Harrahs’ Cherokee Center three times). These neighbors lack the literacy skills they need to get better jobs, help their children with homework, or participate fully in our community. They struggle with simple tasks like completing a form at the doctor’s office or reading the label on a prescription medicine bottle. 

43 percent of adults who have low literacy skills live in poverty, and 72 percent of children of low-literate adults read below grade level. What does this say about the cycle of poverty?  The mission of Literacy Together is to break that cycle of generational poverty

In recognition of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, Literacy Together would like to ask you to join forces with us to accomplish our mission to transform lives and communities through literacy. I invite you to learn more about how you can help with the literacy crisis by checking the Literacy Together website or calling our office at 828-254-3442. Even if you have visited our website before, I encourage you to check the website again to see the life-changing programs that Literacy Together has been providing during the pandemic. You can also learn more about our recent summer camp and the other ways we are tackling this literacy crisis head-on. I truly believe that we can make a difference in our community and change lives together through the power of literacy

Marilyn Lindsley Cortes,
Board Chair of Literacy Together

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