My name is Jenny Stenis and I'm the new literacy coordinator.
Our dear Jane Douglass retired earlier this year and I have taken her place. I look forward to working with Carla and Adriana and learning the ropes.
I would love to meet you all, so if you have the time please stop by the literacy office, located at 225 North Webster in Norman. Currently I am in the office on Mondays and Wednesdays!
News & New Resources
Hooray for Ms. Elliott! Congratulations are in order for Ms. Elliott on her recently acquired citizenship!
She is pictured here with her tutor Janna Corn.
Check out these awesome online resources we recommend for your students!
wespeke.com will match you with partners in their global community from 170 countries speaking 130 languages. Connect & practice how you want using text, audio, or video.
hellotalk.com is a language app where your teachers are native language speakers from around the world. It can be used on either iOS or Android. You pick the language you want to learn - there are over 100 from which to select - and almost instantaneously you'll be in touch with natives speakers of that language; you'll start learning and practicing immediately.
duolingo.com is the free science-based language education platform that has organically become the most popular way to learn languages online.
Mango Languages available with your library card, available on the web and through iOS and Android devices. Do self paced lessons or watch movies to explore languages.
Techniques for Questioning ESL Students:
Within the tutoring session, frequently check students' comprehension to make sure they really understand concepts. ESL students may nod their heads as though they understand when they really don't. Encourage participation and check comprehension in non-threatening ways, and provide cooperative experiences by using the following techniques.
(Compiled by Tracy Henniger-Chiang (1997), Director of Global Language Institute; UW-River Falls.)
Most Difficult: Wh- questions (Who, What, Where, When, Why, Which & How) "Why is A more difficult?" Easier: OR questions. "Which is more difficult, A or B?" Easiest: YES / NO questions check comprehension, but do not rely on this strategy too much. "Is this difficult for you?"
Begin with the most difficult question type. If these cannot be answered by the student, try a less difficult level to help them understand what you're asking; then work toward the more difficult levels.
Ask the students to give examples when explaining concepts.
Ask students to become the tutor and explain the concept to you.
Search for answers to questions with the students.
Use restatement to clarify students' responses; "I think you said . . ."
Admit it if there is a communication problem; "I don't understand."
Write down words the student does not know.
Upcoming Classes through December 2017
Citizenship classes will begin in the fall.
Cleveland County Literacy
National Literacy Month Program September 12
ESL Tutor Training on August 12 and September 9
Combined ESL and Literacy Tutor Training, October 21
Tutor Round Tables, August 22 and October 24
Odyssey Book Club, October 10, November 14
McClain County Literacy:
English as a Second Language Classes
Mondays at 6pm starting August 14th
Thursdays at 11 am starting August 17th
High School Equivalency Classes
Tuesdays at 6pm starting August 15th
Pottawatomie County Literacy
ESL classes starting September 12, twice weekly until May
New Learners Book Club September 14, monthly
September 30, Basic Literacy and ESL Training
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