Literacy Facts & Resources

2012-2013 Program Year Achievements

  • Recruited, trained and utilized 90  NEW volunteers.
  • Served over 300 adult students
  • Worked with 280 active adult tutors
  • Pre and post tested 185 students; 65% showed literacy gains!
  • Volunteers provided over 12,000 hours of tutoring and other volunteer work.

Out of the active students in 2012-2013…

  • 16 obtained or improved their job
  • 22 retained their current job
  • 185 gained employability skills
  • 22 entered other education or training
  • 31 increased involvement in their children’s education
  • 7 registered to vote or voted for the first time
  • 7 obtained US citizenship
  • 3 obtained a drivers license

*numbers reflect student achievements as reported by tutors

 

 

Fast Facts on Illiteracy

  • 1 in 5 residents of Erie County is functionally illiterate.
  • 1 in 3 residents of the City of Buffalo is functionally illiterate.
  • On a national level, for every $1 spent by Literacy Volunteers to tutor adults, $33 in economic benefit is returned to the overall economy. (Economic Impact Analysis conducted by AT Kearney, 1999)
  • Parents who can’t read are likely to have children who can’t read well.
  • 61% of low-income homes have no books in them.
  • Between 41-44% of adults with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty. (Based on federal poverty guidelines)
  • New York State funding for adult literacy has been frozen at the same level since 1988.
  • 60% of prison inmates are illiterate.
  • 85% of juvenile offenders have reading problems.
  • 76% of adults on public assistance are illiterate or unable to read more than the simplest of texts.
  • Welfare recipients with the lowest educational skills stay on welfare the longest.
  • For the first time ever, nearly one-fifth of America’s children speak a language other than English at home.

 

Tutor Resources

http://literacynewyork.org/Literacy New York state agency

http://www.proliteracy.org/ProLiteracy Worldwide

http://www.valrc.org/index.html -Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center

http://www.proliteracyednet.org/ProLiteracy Education Network

http://thinkfinity.org/Provides training courses, tutoring materials, activity ideas.

http://www.coabe.orgCoalition for Adult Basic Education

http://ldanatl.orgLearning Disabilities Association

http://ldaonlineLearning Disabilities

http://ncld.orgNational Center for Learning Disabilities

http://www.ncsall.net/National Center for the Study of Adult Learning & Literacy

http://interdys.org/ - International Dyslexia Association

http://lincs.ed.gov/Literacy Information & Communication Center

http://literacyconnections.com/Information for tutoring adults, tips for first-time volunteers, provides activity ideas, suggest reading lists.

 

English Language Learning

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/topic/verbsSkillwise – BBC

http://www.eslgold.com/for_st/strategies.htmlEnglish learning strategies

http://esl.about.com/od/englishlessonplans/English_Lesson_Plans_for_ESL_EFL_Classes.htmELL lesson plans

http://www.englishclub.com/Free online resources

http://www.stickyball.netResources for ELL tutors – grammar, phonics, dialogues, idioms, writing, etc.

http://www.rong-chang.com/Online ELL activities, games, etc.

http://www.english-grammar-lessons.com/Grammar lessons

http://www.teaching-esl-to-adults.com/Teaching ESL to adults

http://www.eslcafe.com/Dave’s ESL Café

http://www.literacynet.org/cnnsf/archives.htmlCNN writing samples

http://www.manythings.org/Interesting things for ESL Students

http://a4esl.org/Activities for ELL students

http://www.merlot.org/merlot/materials.htm?catergory=2451Lesson Plans

http://www.esldepot.com/page.php?xPage=free-esl-activities-dictation.htmlInfo on dictation activities

http://www.rong-chang.com/eslread/eslread/dict/contents.htmOnline dictation activities

http://www.dailyesl.com/Conversation starters

http://iteslj.org/questions/Conversation starters

http://prosites-eslflow.homestead.com/icebreakersreal.htmlConversation starters

http://www.eslflow.com/pronunciationlessonplans.htmlConversation starters

http://www.ehow.com/how_4549513_teach-pronunciation-esl-learners.htmlPronunciation

http://ell-u.org/Professional Development Portal for ESL Teachers

http://www.cal.org/adultspeak/instruction/index.html - Center for Applied Linguistics – Developing Oral Proficiency for the Best Plus test

http://helenfraser.com.au/downloads/HF%20Handbook.pdfTeaching Pronunciation

http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/curriculum/languagearts/elementary/greatgrammaradv.pdf - Great Grammar Adventures

 

Reading & Writing

http://www.learningpt.org/pdfs/literacy/components.pdf - Reading Components

http://www.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/r/reading_bestpractices_phonics_explicit_systematic.pdfExplicit Instruction & Phonics

http://www.project-read.com/Another volunteer tutoring agency’s tutoring manual, full of ideas

http://www.meadowscenter.org/vgc/downloads/primary/booklets/Essential_Strategies.pdf - Essential Strategies for the Struggling Reader

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Kindergarten_Literacy_Activities_66523_7.pdfLiteracy activities for low level readers

http://www.udel.edu/eli/2006P4L/ghada.pdfUsing games to teach vocabulary

http://busyteacher.org/classroom_activities-vocabulary-worksheets/Busy Teacher – worksheets

http://esl.fis.edu/vocab/index-e.htmVocabulary quizzes

http://www.stenhouse.com/assets/pdfs/0310guid.pdfComprehension Strategies

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/studentsuccess/thinkliteracy/files/ThinkLitEnglish10-12.pdfComprehension Strategies

http://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/adult_ed_02.pdfResearch Based Principles For Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction

http://www.ncsall.net/fileadmin/resources/teach/uwriaa.pdfUnderstanding What Reading is All About

http://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/applyingresearch.pdfApplying Research in Reading Instructions for Adults – Susan McShane

http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/upload/PRFbooklet.pdfPutting Reading First

http://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/teach_adults.pdfA Summary of Scientifically-Based Research Principles – Teaching Adults to Read

http://www.naafoundation.org/docs/Foundation/nie_readfirst.pdfReading First Newspaper in Education – fantastic guide to activities that will support the 4 reading components in your students

 

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