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ERIC Number: ED315558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Sep-8
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Who Is Learning To Read.
Stark, Rosemary
The Literacy Volunteers of America-Danbury, Connecticut, is a nonprofit community organization that provides free instruction in English for those to whom English is still largely a foreign language. For 10 years it has also provided free instruction in reading and writing for English-speaking persons whose education has not provided these skills. The community served is a 16-town area with a largely small-town, suburban population of about 180,000. The staff consists of 2 full-time employees, 3 part-time employees, and 12 volunteers. Volunteer tutors sometimes number more than 200. Students come from 35 different countries, but almost a third are Spanish-speaking. Seventy-nine percent are learning to speak English, and 30 percent are learning to read. The organization is funded by contributions from individuals, companies, and United Way; grants from some of the cities served; and grants from the Meserve Foundation and the Episcopal Church Women of Connecticut. In 1987, 565 students participated. The instruments used to assess student progress are pretests, Literacy Volunteers of America's English as a Second Language Oral Assessment, the READ test, the Slosson Oral Reading Test, and the Nelson test. Volunteer tutors are trained during eight preservice workshops and a yearly inservice course. The single program aspect that is best at motivating students is using one-on-one teaching directed at student-identified goals. Both objective and subjective measurements are necessary to determine whether these goals are met. Projects are frequently co-sponsored with other agencies. (CML)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut