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Tutor Resources

The Office

In–Service Workshops

Instructional Videos – Real Tutors, Real Learners

2008 Student Writing Collection – You Need to Know the Language

Lesson Packets

Forms — English Practice Log, Achievement Log, Lesson Planning Worksheet, Time Log, and Student Goal Statement

Tutor Time Log – Submit Your Volunteer Hours

English Conversation Groups

ESL Book Discussion Group

Libraries

Social Service Agencies

Resource Agencies

Websites

Materials

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The Office

Tutors are supported by a full‑time staff member with site visits and telephone calls for any lesson recommendations and advice.


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In–Service Workshops

There are quarterly in‑service workshops on a variety of different topics, scheduled each year to provide tutors with lesson ideas.


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Instructional Videos – Real Tutors, Real Learners

Real Tutors, Real Learners is a set of videos created by Literacy DuPage which illustrates practical techniques for basic and ESL literacy instruction.

View the videos here.


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2008 Student Writing Collection – You Need to Know the Language

You Need to Know the Language is a collection of writing by Literacy DuPage adult students who are learning English.

View the collection here.


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Lesson Packets




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Forms — English Practice Log, Achievement Log, Lesson Planning Worksheet, Time Log, and Student Goal Statement




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Tutor Time Log – Submit Your Volunteer Hours

Tutors, submit your volunteer hours here.


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English Conversation Groups

As a supplement to regular tutoring, Literacy DuPage offers English Conversation Groups for students of all levels. Adult learners may participate in these conversation practice sessions even if they are not formally registered as students in the Literacy DuPage program. The English Conversation Groups are conducted as follows:



English Conversation Groups
LOCATION TIME TUTORS
Addison Public Library
4 Friendship Plz
Addison IL 60101–2787
1st and 3rd Saturday
of every month

10:00 AM – 12:00 noon
Carol Rounds
630.833.4792

Jane Sajewski
630.848.0349
Bartlett Public Library District
800 S Bartlett Rd
Bartlett IL 60103–4663
2nd and 4th Friday
of every month

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Karen Sego
630.837.3560
Bensenville Community Public Library
200 S Church Rd
Bensenville IL 60106–2303
Every Wednesday
of the month

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Cindy Schwartz
630.766.4285
Bloomingdale Public Library
101 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale IL 60108–1537
2nd and 4th Wednesday
of every month

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Lisa Cherry
630.790.2195

Mary Ellen Mertz
630.231.8840
Carol Stream Public Library
616 Hiawatha Dr
Carol Stream IL 60188–1634
Every Tuesday
of the month

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Adult Services
630.653.0755
Glen Ellyn Public Library
400 Duane St
Glen Ellyn IL 60137–4508
2nd and 4th Wednesday
of every month

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Beth Cusack
630.790.6745
Indian Prairie Public Library
401 Plainfield Rd
Darien IL 60561–4207
1st and 3rd Saturday
of every month

10:00 AM – 12:00 noon
Kathy Conrad
630.963.4779

Gretchen Wasniewski
630.325.6359

Lisle Library District
777 Front St
Lisle IL 60532–2287

2nd and 4th Saturday
of every month

10:00 AM – 12:00 noon
Jane Cox
630.260.0819

Allison Gush
630.778.6594
Naper Boulevard Library
2035 S Naper Blvd
Naperville IL 60565–3353
Every Wednesday
of every month

10:00 AM – 12:00 noon
Rao Lakkaraju
630.820.1417

Mark Munoz
630.305.9498
West Chicago Public Library District
118 W Washington St
West Chicago IL 60185–2803
1st and 3rd Saturday
of every month

10:00 AM – 12:00 noon
Bill Abernethy
630.420.2170

Liz Stefanski
630.961.6182
Westmont Public Library
428 N Cass Ave
Westmont IL 60559–1502
2nd and 4th Saturday
of every month

10:00 AM – 12:00 noon
Karen Fuist
630.988.1128

Lynn Robertson
630.495.8942


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ESL Book Discussion Group

This is a drop-in group that meets at the Indian Prairie Library in Darien and is for those who have English as a second language.

For more information, visit: ippl.info/index.php/books-a-reading/69


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Libraries

There is a network of libraries in DuPage County with which we partner. They generously provide space for our tutoring, tutor training sessions, English Conversation Groups and in-service training workshops, along with posting our tutor training flyers. Many have extensive collections of material for adult learners of English and computer access for students. Contact your local library for more information.

They are:


  • Addison Public Library*
  • Aurora Public Library — Eola Road Branch
  • Bartlett Public Library District*
  • Bensenville Community Public Library*
  • Bloomingdale Public Library*
  • Carol Stream Public Library*
  • Clarendon Hills Public Library
  • Downers Grove Public Library
  • Elmhurst Public Library
  • Glen Ellyn Public Library*
  • Glenside Public Library District, Glendale Heights
  • Hinsdale Public Library
  • Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien*
  • Itasca Community Library
  • Lisle Library District*
  • Naperville Public Library — Naper Boulevard Library*
  • Naperville Public Library — Nichols Library
  • Oak Brook Public Library
  • Plainfield Public Library District
  • Helen M Plum Memorial Library, Lombard
  • Roselle Public Library District
  • Villa Park Public Library
  • Warrenville Public Library District
  • West Chicago Public Library District*
  • Westmont Public Library*
  • Wheaton Public Library
  • Winfield Public Library
  • Wood Dale Public Library
  • Woodridge Public Library

*Site of English Conversation Group


DuPage Library System
www.dupagels.lib.il.us


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Social Service Agencies

There are a large number of community agencies that provide a wide range of social services. Literacy DuPage has compiled a list which provides contact information for food pantries, shelter, domestic abuse victims, medical resources, and much more.

Click here to view the list.


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Resource Agencies

  • EL/Civics Online
    is an online professional development opportunity created through the collaboration of the Adult Learning Resource Center (ALRC) and the US government.
    www.elcivicsonline.org
  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
    provides information on immigrant and refugee issues, services, and programs.
    www.icirr.org
  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services
    is a US government website with information on citizenship.
    www.uscis.gov
  • WelcometoUSA.gov
    is the US government's official web portal for new immigrants. There is information on Social Security numbers, green cards, driver's licenses, ESL courses, and much more.
    www.welcometousa.gov
  • workNet DuPage Career Center
    is DuPage County’s premiere location for training, developing, and connecting the local workforce. The Center houses representation from several partner agencies who share the common goal of providing job seekers with the tools necessary for successful employment, as well as assisting employers in strengthening their workforce.
    www.worknetdupage.org

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Websites

  • Activities for ESL Students
    site offers a wide variety of interactive quizzes, tests, exercises, and puzzles for ESL learners.
    a4esl.org
  • Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services
    site offers a booklet entitled, Raising Children in a New Country: An Illustrated Handbook. This resource can help foreign born parents adjust to the different laws, norms and practices related to raising children in the United States.
    www.brycs.org
  • Center For Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA)
    site has a collection of articles based on research that are called digests on many diverse topics for ESL and BL tutors.
    www.cal.org/caela/esl_resources/digests.html
  • Dave's ESL Cafe
    is one of the best sites for tutors and students. Includes many links, activities, teacher tips, and lesson plans. Great starting point for teachers.
    www.daveseslcafe.com
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Special Collection
    is the LINCS (Literacy Information and Communication System of the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL)) site for ESL teachers and students with articles and links to numerous other useful ESL sites.
    www.literacynet.org/esl
  • EnglishPage.com
    site provides free English lessons and exercises. It also offers links to a variety of ESL reading and listening resources.
    www.englishpage.com
  • GFCLearnFree.org
    is a site that provides step-by-step instructions on a variety of math skills and computer topics. This site requires a good amount of reading, but may be a good resource for higher level students and tutors.
    www.gcflearnfree.org
  • Home Safety Council
    offers (visit the Resource Center link) easy-to-read materials about an assortment of safety topics.
    www.homesafetycouncil.org
  • The Internet Picture Dictionary
    site offers a free, multilingual picture dictionary designed for students and beginning English, French German, Spanish, and Italian language learners of all ages.
    www.pdictionary.com
  • LEARN - Libraries' English and Reading Network
    comprises mainly library and nonprofit organization staff members interested in providing materials and services to adults learning to read, speak and understand English. The group shares ideas about providing and marketing services, maintains a database of organizations that offer those services, and investigates and publicizes joint funding opportunities.
    www.adultslearnenglish.org
  • Learning Resources
    site offers current and past CNN San Francisco bureau news stories. It provides stories from the news that have been written especially for literacy students, including text, abridged text, activities, and video.
    www.literacyworks.org/learningresources
  • Learning Vocabulary Fun
    site has a variety of word games to develop vocabulary skills.
    www.vocabulary.co.il
  • Logical Games and Puzzles
    site offers a collection of free math puzzles and brainteasers to provide practice for students in math and critical thinking skills. Download the three “logic” files at the bottom of the page, and then run them to unlock a multitude of games.
    archives.math.utk.edu/software/msdos/miscellaneous/logic/.html
  • Project Money
    site uses clear and simple language to explain a variety of money related topics. It is a free resource designed with input from adult learners to help other learners achieve their financial goals.
    www.projectmoney.org
  • SpellingCity.com
    site allows one to enter spelling lists, play games to practice the words, and take online spelling tests.
    www.spellingcity.com

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Materials

LITSTART: Strategies for Adult Literacy and ESL Tutors, by Patricia Frey and Evey Renner, is the guide used by Literacy Volunteers of DuPage for tutoring adult learners.
www.litstart.org

The focus is on using everyday materials that students encounter in their lives like the telephone book, forms, newspapers, memos, menus, clothing labels, labels on medication bottles, signs, and the radio. Tutors will acquire the techniques needed to instruct learners through the training process, lesson packets on a variety of topics which are available from the office and above online, library collections, and in‑service workshops.

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