Upcoming Workshops for ESL Tutors:
NATURALIZATION PROCESSING: A Guide for Volunteer Tutors (see attached flyer)
Christina Rosado, Attorney at Law, LLC.
Thursday, November 21, 2013: 2-4 pm
SFCC, Jemez 1
Join Immigration Attorney Christina Rosado in reviewing the dos and don’ts of helping your student through this important process. Certificates will be issued for all attendees!
REQUIRED for any volunteer tutoring citizenship students; all tutors are welcome!
TESOL WORKSHOP: Textbooks and Lesson Plans
John Kongsvik, Director, TESOL Trainers, School for International Training
Friday, December 6, 2014: 1-4 pm
SFCC, Room 570
Join dynamic, international TESOL Trainer, John Kongsvik, for a workshop on current best practices for using adult ESL textbooks and planning effective adult ESL lessons. I encourage ALL of you to attend this foundational workshop! John has trained ESL and EFL teachers all over the world and I always walk away with something new to try after one of his engaging, student-centered workshops.
ESL COLLABORATION PANEL: Teaching English Abroad
Panel Discussion with ESL Teachers, Tutors and Coordinators
Friday, December 13, 2013: 4-5:30 pm
SFCC, Room 503
Have you ever wondered about teaching English abroad? What is involved in the process? What really happens when you get there? Come to this panel discussion to hear a selection of ESL teachers and tutors discuss their varied experiences teaching overseas. You will also learn more about TESOL certification and MATESOL programs from ESL Coordinators, Karen Taylor de Caballero and Roxie Daggett.
For the first time, the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference will partner with Garcia Street Books to hosts a book signing for the public. Held Sunday, November 10, the event will benefit Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe:
Sunday Nov. 10th at 2:00 pm Garcia Street Books, 376 Garcia Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Come Join LVSF for its Annual Picnic and Recognition Event!
Upcoming Tutor Trainings
English as a Second Language
ESL Orientation: Thursday, September 26th, 2013, 4-6 pm Room 503
ESL Training Day 1: Friday, September 27th, 2013, 9-5 pm Room 485
ESL Training Day 2: Saturday, September 28th, 2013, 9-5 pm Room 485
BL Orientation: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013, 4-6 pm Room 514
BL Training Day 1: Friday, October 4th, 2013, 9-5 pm Room 485
BL Training Day 2: Saturday, October 5th, 2013, 9-5 pm Room 485
Location, Santa Fe Community College, Room- TBA
*Plus 2-hour follow-up workshop – TBA
Call (505) 428-1353 if interested.
Due to the intense nature of the training, attendance is required at all sessions, including the follow-up session.
Tutors are carefully interviewed, trained, and matched with students. They receive ongoing support from LVSF staff and opportunities to improve their tutoring skills through workshops and in-service trainings. Non-tutor volunteers also assist LVSF with public relations, administrative tasks, and fund-raising.
Trainings are at Santa Fe Community College. To get started as a volunteer tutor, please fill out this application Tutor Application Form or call 428-1353 for more information.
On July 22nd, 2013, Basic Literacy Tutor, Kitty Broadbent, led a mostly hands on Brain Gym activities that tutors can begin to use immediately with their students. We also discussed Carla Hannaford’s “Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not All In Your Head”.
ESL Class Field Trip – by Edwina Wood
On June 11 Edwina Wood, ESL Tutor, took her two classes on a field trip to Santa Cruz, New Mexico. Eight students, along with 18 of their young children, ages 3-15, caravanned to Santa Cruz where they were welcomed by their host, Alejandro López,, director of El Portal, an emerging grassroots community learning process center. Findings of pueblo pottery on the land where El Portal is located, point to its having been the site of a pueblo community in earlier times.
Alejandro warmly met the large group at his home and ushered them into a Navajo-style circular outdoor ramada that immediately brought back memories to the ESL students of their homelands in Mexico. Within this basic, humble native dwelling, and seeing beyond the vast green cornfield framed by the very same mountains that become the Sierra Madres of Mexico, the mothers began sharing their memories and stories of Mexico.
While the outing was intended to be a means for Edwina’s students to learn more English, it became an opportunity for the students to teach their children about Mexico. The children absorbed these wonderful descriptions and felt themselves to be back in their ancestral home that many had never known. Even the kitchen of the López family home reminded some of the women of their own mother’s kitchens back in Mexico, not to mention the adobe horno and other features of this terraced homestead in northern New Mexico.
Even though the students, Alejandro, and Edwina had agreed that they would set aside an hour during lunch for a community conversation in English, by the first fifteen minutes into the visit, it was apparent that Spanish had the upper hand. However, later in the day the mothers confided that all of their children had some serious gaps in their knowledge and understanding of Mexican culture and the Spanish language. As the day progressed and the youth felt more at home, many of them coolly transitioned over into perfect English, at which time Edwina and Alejandro simply switched over into English, and while the mothers trailed behind, they began weaving the very same story in English that they had begun in Spanish – la tierra, the land; el agua, the water; la siembra, the crops; la familia, the family; la casa, the home; nuestra salud, our health; todas nuestras bendiciones, all of our many blessings, etc.
The day’s events included the creation of animal figures in clay, a picnic lunch under an old apple tree, an in-depth conversation of the precarious state of indigenous communities in widely separated areas of Mexico [the Maya of Yucatan and the Tarahumara (Ruramurí) of Chihuahua]. The day was capped off by a joyous and utterly dramatic campaign on the part of several youth to span a bridge across the mighty, but dry, acequia de Santa Cruz. After much concentrated hard work, they lined up proudly to walk across their newly designed and executed bridge.
The families were delighted with their visit to El Portal and hope to return there in the near future for another chapter of New Mexican and Mexican life served and ruminated in Spanish and even in English!
Come Join Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe for a series of hands on workshops on the Brain Gym!
Summer ESL Computer Lab is Open!
Another great event with Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe’s Somatic Learning Series!
ESL Tutor, Jean Rivard, JD, MA, offered a thought-provoking workshop on Practical Intuition for Teachers and Tutors on Monday, April 22nd from 4pm-6pm in room 568 (near restrooms down the hall from LVSF). Jean has been teaching Intuitive Intelligence classes for over two decades. Participants are happy, because they come home to themselves. In this workshop, tutors learned techniques that deepened their abilities to tap into their wisdom easily and confidently to be able to help your students in turn.
See website for more info:
23 new stellar ESL tutors trained Feb. 28-March 2, 2013! Congratulations to everyone!
SPECIAL TUTOR WORKSHOP WITH LONGTIME GED TEACHER AND WRITER JIM SPACHT ON WHAT THE GED IS AND HOW TO BEST PREPARE YOUR STUDENT.
WHEN: MONDAY March 11th 4PM -5:30PM
WHERE: ROOM 524, (near restrooms, down the hall from library)
Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe trains 18 new volunteer tutors at it’s Basic Literacy Training Feb 15-16, 2013! Congratulations to new tutors who will shortly be matched with a student!
Upcoming Tutor Trainings
BECOME A BASIC LITERACY TUTOR. Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe’s 3-day, 20-hour training workshops prepare volunteers to teach adults “Basic Literacy”. February 2013’s workshop is February 14, 15 & 16: February 14: 4-6 p.m. Room 503; February 15 & 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Room 537. For more information, please call 428-1353.
BECOME AN ESL TUTOR. Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe’s 3-day, 20-hour training workshops prepare volunteers to teach adults “English as a Second Language”. Spring 2013’s workshop is February 28, March 1 & 2: February 29: 4-6 p.m. Room 503; March 1 & 2: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Room 537 For more information, please call 428-1353.
Somatic Learning Series
What if you and your student were less stressed during tutoring or class? What if there were ways to cope with this stress?
This was a really exciting opportunity for tutors, teachers and staff to gain some cutting edge knowledge on how to help yourself and your student(s) to de-stress in what we’re calling a “Somatic Learning Series”.
LVSF sees a lot of students who have A LOT going on in their lives that builds up in MANY ways and this not only affects their learning, but teachers are affected just as much. The learning environment is severely altered and stress plays a HUGE role in determining a learner’s success.
Tutors participated in the following workshops led by some very amazing people!
Part I, Monday, October 15th, 4pm-6pm, room 488 in Health Sciences Building
The first workshop was on the “Trauma Resiliency Model”, led by Ellen Elgart, Senior Faculty and Consultant for Trauma Resource Institute. The Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) training is a training program designed to teach skills to clinicians and non-clinicians working with children and adults with traumatic stress reactions. TRM is a mind-body approach and focuses on the biological basis of trauma and the automatic, defensive ways that the human body responds to threat and fear, including the responses of “tend and befriend”, fight, flight and freeze. Read more: http://www.traumaresourceinstitute.com/trm.html
Part II, Thursday, November 15th, 4pm-6pm, room 412 near SFCC main cafeteria
In this second workshop, tutors gained further tools of resiliency and learn about “The Dominance Factor” and “Brain Gym” from our very own Basic Literacy tutor, Kitty Broadbent.
The Dominance Factor developed by Carla Hannaford scientist and educator, explores an area that has long intrigued scientists and educators: the linkages between the side of the body we favor for seeing, hearing, touching, and moving and the way we think, learn, play, and relate to others. Your Dominance Profile is actually a key factor in shaping the way you think and act.
The Brain Gym was created by the pioneer in applied brain research, Dr. Paul Dennison who focused on the interdependence of physical development, language acquisition, and academic achievement. In his work he developed a series of simple and enjoyable body movements, called Brain Gym which we will learn during this exciting workshop. The commonality of this set of movements was that they all assisted brain-body integration. Since fortunately the brain and body are linked, these movements lead to micro-adjustments in neurology, which in turn could dramatically accelerate academic progress.
Part III, Practice of Meditation,
Monday, January 28th, 4pm-6pm Room 568 (next to restrooms down hall from LVSF)
Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe is concluding its Somatic Learning Series with a great presentation and practice: “Meditation: Simple Activity, Extraordinary Benefits” by presenter, Scott Van Note.
“Meditation: Simple Activity, Extraord…inary Benefits” delves into the science validating the power of meditation and invites participants to try out these proven-effective meditation techniques. There will be an overview of several influential studies on the physiological benefits of meditation, the unique brain activity of Tibetan monks and other long-term meditators, and the particular benefits of metta loving-kindness meditations. During the presentation, participants will be invited to practice a brief mindfulness meditation and a loving-kindness practice– the same types of meditation used in these studies. Discus to follow.
~Scott Van Note completed a Master’s of Arts in Eastern Classics at St. John’s College in 2011. He now lectures on neuroscience and meditation, in addition to teaching and tutoring students with learning differences in the Santa Fe area. Previously, he has practiced vipassana and metta loving-kindness meditation and worked at a Buddhist retreat center.
RSVP to Kevan: firstname.lastname@example.org
A great program about some of the reasons for these workshops:
Join LVSF and SFCC Adult Basic Education for an uplifting celebration of the holiday season evening with great music at Popejoy Hall at UNM!
New Directions Veterans Choir
Friday, December 7th 8pm
Tickets and Transportation included. Please encourage your students to attend. LVSF tutors and students may each bring 1 guest.
We will leave from LVSF at 5:30pm and we will return around 11pm.
RSVP by contacting LVSF office: 428-1353 or email: email@example.com
First 10 to RSVP will get a spot!
About The ShowThe New Directions Veterans Choir, an award-winning a cappella group, sings renditions of doo-wop, soul, traditional gospel and popular music. The men and women of New Directions Veterans Choir have served proudly in the United States Military. Following their service to our country, each became homeless. They found their way to the New Directions facility in Los Angeles, which gave them hope and purpose. The New Directions Veterans Choir recently performed for NBC’s America’s Got Talent and has been featured on the NBC Nightly News and E! Entertainment Television, and the group brings their Christmas concert for an uplifting celebration of the holiday season.
See their performance here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5z-h92h6Ks
We will leave from LVSF at 5:30pm and we will return around 10pm.