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The Adult Literacy Program staff welcomed eight new volunteers to the Loudoun Literacy Council!  For the Spring Teacher/Tutor Training event, the ALP staff focused on cultural diversity, realia, chart levels, and adult learning on day one of training. We also chose to focus on tutoring on the first day of training, which allowed our volunteers to learn more about one-on-one tutoring ESL and ABE learners as well as to learn how to effectively gauge students’ goals and expectations.  The first day also included an immersion experience, in which one of ALP’s volunteers or students comes to teach a thirty-minute lesson in a language other than English. We were so excited that one of our volunteers, Elena P., joined us for this experience. As a Spanish speaker, Elena wowed our new volunteers, by introducing basic concepts such as the Spanish alphabet and basic Spanish grammar. After thirty minutes of instruction, our volunteers were exhausted! It was a great learning opportunity for all of us because it allowed us to catch a glimpse of how our ELL students feel when they step into our classrooms or when they enter a tutoring session.

Day two of training focused on LLC’s policies and procedures, curriculum and text, structure of an effective lesson, and lesson planning. The second day of training is essential for our volunteers because it allows them to produce their own lesson plan with the new knowledge that they have gained over the course of training. Our volunteers did a great job in constructing their own creative lesson plans! We are glad to say that all of our volunteers are anxious to get into a classroom as an assistant or to become a tutor for the spring term!

Congratulations to Beth, Clark, Claudine, Connor, Katie, Linneah, Sonia, and Tina!


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During the first two Saturdays of the New Year, the Adult Literacy Program staff was hard at work training 17 volunteers for the upcoming Winter 2013 session! The Leesburg Town Hall Building was gracious enough to allow the ALP staff to use their space for the training event.  It was the first time that both AmeriCorps members were able to teach their potential volunteers the ins-and-outs of classroom instruction and the challenges and rewards of teaching adult ESOL learners. While Susan focused primarily on cultural diversity and the structure of a lesson and Carrie focused on realia and curriculum and text, they were able to co-teach the importance of chart levels, lesson planning, and adult learning and learning styles.

One of the highlights of the two-day training session occurred when the volunteers were able to create a lesson plan in groups of three or four.  They were able to take what they had learned and use it to brainstorm a lesson that could be utilized in an ESOL classroom. Each group was given a lesson in one of the units in the All-Star curriculum text. The goal was to have the volunteers understand how lessons are purposefully built up from a more general lesson to a more complex lesson.  This was also a great time for volunteers to use realia, dialogue, and incorporate games within their lessons. It was great to hear each group present their lesson plans and share their great ideas!

It was awesome to see so many potential volunteers come out to learn more about Loudoun Literacy Council and the services we provide and to learn more about the adult ESOL community in Loudoun County.  The Adult Literacy Program staff is thrilled to announce that the majority of our potential volunteers have signed up to assist in the classroom, become a tutor, and/or help out at our registration events!

The ALP staff would like to congratulate the following individuals for successfully completing the Winter 2013 Teacher/Tutor Training:


















Written By:

Carrie Robinson

AmeriCorps Member 2012-2013

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Tables turned Saturday when one of our own students taught our potential volunteers what it felt like to be in a classroom learning a language that is foreign to you. Kholoud prepared a fantastic lesson taught solely in the Arabic language as part of our immersion experience this past Saturday for our volunteer training session.  Looks of confusion and awe were on the faces of our volunteers as Kholoud presented them with the alphabet, numbers, and simple words in Arabic.

As a native of Jordan, Kholoud has lived in the United States for less than ten years and has tutored with our fantastic tutor and teacher, Barbara. Beginning their sessions over a year ago, Kholoud and Barbara have made tremendous progress together, working primarily on reading and writing English.

As a teacher, Kholoud was a natural in front of the room teaching our future tutors and teachers. She used flashcards as part of her presentation, saying, “I use these cards with my son to help teach him Arabic.” At the end of her lesson, Kholoud received a rousing round of applause and a chorus of thank yous. It was great to see one of our own students become involved in the different aspects of our Adult Literacy Program.  We are so grateful for Kholoud in taking time out of her busy schedule to be a part of our training session and for opening our volunteers’ eyes and teaching them a much valued lesson.

Carrie Robinson

Susan Pilley

AmeriCorps Members 2012-2013

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