If you need help with reading or writing in English and are a permanent resident, you can contact us by phone or email to discuss your circumstances. Apart from a small enrolment fee, lessons are free for as long as you need them.
Literacy Network will be participating in this event again in 2018. We will have a stand at Dee Why RSL who are generous donors to our organisation. We will join over 50 organisations who volunteer on the northern beaches to present our programs and provide information to the public.
Vesna, the co-ordinator of the Volunteers Expo, has a professional photographer lined up to take pictures of volunteers and their pets for a booklet to be distributed by the Council.
Many people learning English have trouble with the nuances of the language. There is one two- letter word that has more meanings than any other and that is ‘UP’. Look the word up in a dictionary and you will find the definition takes up almost a quarter of a page, and can add up to about 30 definitions. It is listed in the dictionary as being used as an adverb, preposition, adjective, noun or verb. There is a book called ‘Up the down staircase’. We open up a shop and close it up at night. We lock up, clean up, fix up and speak up before we shut up.
What do you do after you chop down a tree? You chop it up.
Over the years our membership has included people from many different backgrounds and nationalities. In May 2018 we have students who speak English, Persian/Farsi, Tibetan, Turkish/Kurd, Nepalese, Arabic, Iranian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Croatian and Portuguese.
At the beginning of May 2018 we completed an eight-week training session. We welcomed seven new tutors to the organisation. Our tutors specialise in teaching adults to read and write on a one-to-one basis. They focus on individual needs and work with the student to plan a relevant and interesting program. Sessions may take place in the student’s home, a library, the Literacy Network office, in a park or a coffee shop.
The Literacy Network celebrated the successes of 2017 with a wonderful lunch together on Friday 1st December. To all who could not join us, Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
Literacy Network has been active for over 30 years on the Northern Beaches, working one-on-one with ESL students with permanent residence. Read the story of one Manly Vale resident.
The next training course for volunteer English tutors will run on Tuesday mornings between 10 October and 28 November. There are vacancies on the waiting list for new students, too. Call 0405 313 986.
Time: 10am – 12.30 pm each Tues morning for 8 weeks
Place: Level 1, 14 William St Brookvale
A big THANK YOU to the following Clubs in our area that have agreed to provide financial assistance to the Literacy Network through the 2017 annual ClubGRANTS program.
Balgowlah RSL Memorial Club
Harbord Diggers of the Mounties Group
Dee Why RSL