Thursday, December 24, 2009
Help Others to Speak English: Volunteer as an English Tutor!
Now here is a New Year's Resolution you can make that will make a lasting improvement in someone's life: Give the gift of English language skills to an adult in your community!
Think how important it is for an adult in 21st century America to have good English skills: talking to their children's teachers, navigating the Department of Motor Vehicles, having better job opportunities. Good English skills can be the ticket to lift a family up and out of poverty!
In my parish, we are joining with a longstanding, successful program at the local public library. The only skill we need to qualify as tutors is to speak English. We do not need to be bilingual. The students are already in English as a Second Language classes taught by professional educators -- what they need from us is practice, practice, practice!
My local program is through the Livermore Public Library in the city of Livermore, California: http://www.ci.livermore.ca.us/library/literacy.html
To find a program near you, try the following website:
ProLiteracy (champions the power of literacy to improve the lives of adults and their families, communities, and societies): http://www.proliteracy.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=298