At our new meeting hall in Manly Vale on 29th June, tutors met to catch up with friends from training, share ideas about tutoring and discuss useful materials. It was wonderful that Joan Giumelli was available to join us.
One of our tutors, brought along seven bi-lingual readers, featuring interesting facts about Australian native animals in English and Tibetan which she donated to our library.
Two of the tutors will share the readers with their Tibetan students and provide feedback. Another tutor donated two other useful books on Australian culture by the same author, Jill Bruce. We look forward to discussing with her further the aims of her publications, perhaps at one of our future meetings.
A big thank you to the Tutors from Literacy Network for representing us at the 2019 Volunteers Expo held at Dee Why RSL Club on 22nd May.
As a guide, attached are two sample tutor reports. They describe some of the activities learners complete and the tutor reports of their progress.
2019 Sample Tutor Comments a
2019 Sample Tutor Comments b
Sharing Reading Writing Hotline’s 25 Anniversary event, Joan Giumelli, Sue Matthews, Lynsey Chandler and Amanda McDougall attended on behalf of the Literacy Network.
Pictured: Langi Taisia, Vanessa Iles and Michael Brown
Sponsors for Literacy Network in 2019 include Dee Why RSL Club, Balgowlah RSL Memorial Club and Northern Beaches Council. We appreciate the continued support from the clubs and ask our students, volunteers and friends to support them and their excellent facilities. The money we receive enables us to purchase new student and tutor resources, update our computer technology, and defray the cost of renting premises.
At our first tutor meeting in Febuary 2019, ‘Reading To Learn’ was discussed through an AV presentation written for us by Liz Leighton, a past coordinator at Literacy Network. For the past 4 or so years she has been working at ACU, teaching academic literacy to international students .
‘Reading to learn has been used for over 10 years now and was developed by David Rose, a lecturer at Sydney University. It was initially developed to support indigenous learners in remote areas in a way that fosters a feeling of support and success. It is part of a learning cycle, where learners prepare to read, read in detail with the support of a teacher or tutor, are supported in note-taking and joint writing, which finally leads to the confidence to write independently. Today, we will just look at the reading part of this cycle.’
‘LitNet End of Year Celebration’ This year our tutors and students are meeting for lunch at our sponsors, Balgowlah RSL, Seaforth, Friday 7th December.
Volunteer Tutor, Rosaleen Kirby was kind enough to talk to our new tutors about working with a Tibetan man.
She kindly sent the attached notes describing their learning and teaching experience, available as a downloadable pdf. Thank you Rosaleen.
On 6th October we held our 2018 AGM. A new President and Secretary were elected together with a full Committee for 2019.
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.