By Marilee DeLombard
Even as we hold on to summer, we can’t help but notice the “back to school” ads.
But cheer up – the beginning of the school year is somewhat like New Years: an opportunity to reflect on what we have learned this year, what are we learning now and what might we want to tackle next. And, yes, this means you – even if you are not enrolled in an official course.
Modern adult education recognizes three types of learning: 1. formal (course-based learning); 2. non-formal (non-credit, structured learning); and 3. informal (everyday “learning by doing”). All three kinds of learning contribute to one’s skill set and should be celebrated as life-long-learning: successfully completing a course; upgrading literacy skills to the next level in a part-time program; or learning a new skill (driving, curling, gardening).
So how do we bridge the gap between learning by doing, “backyard mechanics,” and a formal, professional certificate? – with the help of a literacy tutor. Strong literacy skills are often the missing link between struggling and success.
A literacy tutor will help increase your reading speed using the vocabulary of your workplace or field of interest. You are the only student in your class, so the subjects and pace are up to you. Lessons are held once a week to fit your schedule, and can take place in your home community and are free of charge.
Thinking of going back to get your high school diploma, but feeling a little rusty? – a tutor can help. Currently enrolled in an upgrading course and need help? – a literacy tutor can be part of your learning team.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” – the Literacy Council is eager to help once you make that first step. We have trained volunteer tutors throughout West Quebec. Our “non-formal” system trains adult literacy tutors and supplies them with teaching materials and other supports as they work on weekly lessons with their individual students.
Since our beginnings in 1984, our motto has been “each one teach one.” Now in 2013, we are “putting literacy first!”
To request a tutor: call the Western Quebec Literacy Council: 1-888-647-3112 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enquire about becoming a volunteer literacy tutor: call the Literacy Council 1-888-647-3112 or send an email: email@example.com.
Ed. note: Marilee DeLombard is Executive Director Western Quebec Literacy Council 819-647-3112 or 1-888-647-3112, or email: www.wq-literacy.or.