is a very heartwarming new letter from a learner:
is my big problem. I’m going to the literacy program to
improve and practice my English. Sometimes, I feel as if I’m
Learning to swim in the immense ocean. To gain entrance to the
society of this country seems beyond my reach.
using all of my time, ears, eyes, mind and heart to learning
English. Time is going on, it doesn’t care that I’m
getting older. Someone comes up to me and says, “Stay home,
and take care of your grandchildren”. I don’t want
it that way. A bad dream haunts me many times. I’m looking
for the way and I can’t find the exit. When I wake up,
I talk to myself. You can’t live here without English.
You can’t stop learning. I don’t understand people
who don’t try to learn English. To me that is a tragedy.
was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. I've been living in
the United States for 12 years. I
came to the Adult Literacy Program to improve my English
skill. I have a 5 year old son and want to be able
to help him in school.
really need to know English, because I have a nine
year old daughter who needs my help with her homework.
Every day she comes home with something new for me,
and I want to be able to help her the best that I can.
Another thing that I wanted to learn is to write in
cursive. When I was in school in Mexico they didn't
teach cursive writing, only printing. I now know how
to write in cursive and I am able to understand my
daughter's homework. I am very pleased to have reached
I would like to thank Mrs. Rita Zanzinger for the opportunity
I have to become the best person I can be because I
am learning how to write, to read, and to speak better
English. This learning is going to help me become what
I have always wanted to be. My dream and goal is to
be a certified Nursing Assistant. I would like to thank
my tutor and friend, Suzanne, for helping me to reach
my dream and my goal.
Enjoy this wonderful story:
COAST WEEKLY PROFILE
Weekly profiled the Adult Literacy Program in their
October 25 issue, 2003. We have reprinted the article
by Jessica Lyons here. Rita Zanzinger (past
a strong response from Coast Weekly readers and a balanced
influx of potential learners and volunteer tutors after
here to read the complete story.
feel my adult learner is making great progress and is so motivated.
She is a delight to be with and I only hope I am helping her
as much as she wants and needs. Her aspirations amaze me. We
both look forward to our sessions on Monday evenings. The Literacy
Program is a wonderful opportunity for all those who wish to
improve their skills and I have met some of the nicest people
who are a part of this program.
following is a beautiful example of the relationships that are built
by participation in this program:
My learner, Brenda, left the program almost five years ago. She
now lives in Hong Kong. We keep in contact by e-mail. On August 25th
I received a newsy message from Brenda. In closing, she truly touched
me by the following words: "Sometimes, when I get off from work,
I am really missing so much the old days with the literacy program.
I keep repeating to myself - I am a lucky person - such program helps
me a lot - learning while relaxing plus I have met a wonderful tutor
do you pronounce "bough, cough, tough, ought differently? Explaining
my language is a challenge sometimes! I would like to think
I can be some small part of the success that will come to
my learner, Alberto, as he progresses in his reading and
writing ability. I very much want him to share his love of
learning with his
children. Children who read early have been proven to excel
in school. I think Diana and Rita made a great match when
they paired me and Alberto. I am proud to be a part of this
are some of the letters we receive from our learner's telling
about the progress they are making towards their goals. Share
Letters from Learners:
Before the program, my English wasn't very good. Now, I am
very lucky to participate in this program because I improve
my English every day. The tutors are excellent teachers and
friends. They help us to correct our English. I recommend
the program to everyone who wants to improve their English.
really excited and happy to be involved in this program.
Also, the coordinator, provides some free books
me to read with my children. My children are very happy for
the books that I get for them. We have a couple of familiy
parties every year when all the learners meet together and
we have fun with our families.
would like in the future to work in a restaurant in the kitchen
as the cook. I would like to work elderly care or child care,
for that I will have to learn more English. I want to finish
my Focus On Phonics 2B in June. I want to finish my Begin
in English in May.