literacy

An HCPL ESL Student Tells About Her Experience Learning English

Lives are changed in small and large ways every day at Harris County Public Library and libraries all over the world, Most of the time even we who work there don't see it. A student aces a chemistry test because she found a quiet place to study, a reluctant reader stumbles upon that book that fits like a second skin and begins a lifetime love of reading. A recently laid off oil worker brushes up on interview skills at a Workforce Solution program at his local branch and lands the job that turns into a career. So we were delighted recently when a student in one of HCPL's free ESL classes, Leonor Paez, wrote a lovely testimonial about her experience learning English and the many ways her volunteer tutor, Ann Sullivan, has helped her. Leonor has graciously allowed us to share her letter with you.

To learn more about HCPL's ESL and Adult Basic Education programs including how you can become a volunteer tutor, visit our Literacy & ELA page or call 713-274-6600.

 

 

 

Volunteer ESL Tutors Needed! Training Sessions March 21 & 29

There are a lot of very good reasons to become a volunteer English as a second language tutor at Harris County Public Library. One of the best is that with a small investment of your time each week you can make a huge difference in one of your neighbors' lives--and no experience is necessary. On March 21 and 29, HCPL is offering free training sessions that will give you all the tools you'll need. 

To register for one of the training sessions below, or for more information, please call the library, or call or email the literacy coordinator at 713-749-9035.

HCPL and Houston Center for Literacy

ESL Class at Maud Marks Branch LibraryHow many words have you read today? Just think of them all: the emails, street signs, restaurant menus, websites, product labels, grocery lists, text messages, billboards, fortune cookies, instruction manuals, advertising circulars, and bills, to say nothing of the chapter of the latest Stephen King or the handful of Shakespeare’s sonnets you will read before turning out the light tonight. Chances are, if you thought about it, you would consider each and every one of those words vital to the way you want to live your life. Your ability to read not only allows you to move safely and efficiently through the world, it also enriches your inner life immeasurably.

Wordless picture books for class or home

Picture books without words offer a variety of activities for both ESL students and basic literacy learners who have children. Better yet, most of these books have such engaging stories that they are appropriate for learners with children at any age.  Those learners in a class who do not have children would find them interesting as well.
 
For example, have ESL students look over a few pages in pairs or as a class to identify key characters and events. Review this vocabulary.
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