The goal of Giving + Learning is to match volunteers with English language learners in order to foster a welcoming community for newcomers to the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Although we are heading into the busy holiday season, it is never to late to consider being a Giving + Learning volunteer. We have weekend drop-in sessions Saturdays 4-6 pm at The WE Center (15-21st Street South Fargo); we are collaborating with Ed Clapp Elementary School on an “International Family Learning Night” starting Wednesday Nov. 16th, 6:00 pm, and we arrange for in-home matches when those hard and fast times don’t work for volunteers or learners.
Volunteers and learners are frequently supported by New Readers Press materials, and the ProLiteracy has a wealth of materials and trainings for anyone looking to add depth to their teaching and tutoring.
If your holiday season is simply too busy this year, but your heart is telling you “yes, I want to do this,” just be sure to make volunteering with Giving + Learning a New Year’s Resolution.
Just learned about the good work of the Literacy Network in Madison, WI, where they provide classes, one-on-one tutoring, computer literacy support, and a health literacy program. Great model to learn from! http://www.litnetwork.org/index.php
2017 opportunities have been updated.
Three great ELL and mentoring volunteer opportunities in the FM Area for 2016.
African Initiative for Progress: AIP is looking for mentors to work with New American students at Fargo South High School and Davies High School. Mentoring may include some ELL support, broader homework support, or more general life mentoring. AIP training is available.
Contact: Christian Harris, Executive Director, AIP: firstname.lastname@example.org 701-491-0628
Giving + Learning: in-home or school English Language tutoring for an individual, couple, or family. Basic commitment: one hour a week, at a time that is convenient for you and your partner. Primarily adults; some high school tutoring opportunities available. Learners are typically looking for help with:
• Studying for the driver’s permit test
• Studying for the citizenship test
• Homework (in the case of high school students)
In-home at a time convenient for you and the learner.
The WE Center, Saturday…
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The WE Center has put together a fabulous resource map for the FM Area; links to service locations including health, education, and job services. Will try to figure out how to embed it eventually!
Impressive list of suggestions for one-on-one tutors from the Minnesota Literacy Council!
Unite For Literacy gives an assortment of reading material for ESL learners to use as another resource for reading practice. This is a free computer site and an iPad/iPhone application, so this will more easily accessible for all types of classrooms.
They have a wide variety of genres that they base their reading material off of. From their list, they offer books on animals, plants and food, earth and sky, technology, health, family, friends, community, create and play and know and learn. They then give the option for the stories to be read out loud from a narrator, offering 30 different languages.
The reading level is set to beginner and can be useful for school age ESL students, as many of the pictures relate to their age range; however, it also can be helpful for adult learners to begin their first steps into reading, as well .
Overall, this is a great website to pair with specific lesson plans or for using it as an extra guide to reading. Check out their site for more information on the Unite For Literacy organization and their interactive reading material!