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Websites of Interest

LINCS The Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) is a federal organization that shares information about literacy and supports the development of high-quality literacy services so all Americans can develop essential basic skills.
The merger of the world's two largest adult volunteer literacy organizations is complete and Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. have become ProLiteracy Worldwide. Its purpose is to sponsor educational programs and services to empower adults and their families by assisting them to acquire the literacy practices and skills they need to function more effectively in their daily lives and participate in the transformation of their societies.

Guide to Grammar and Writing
Maintained by Professor of English Charles Darling for English courses at Capital Community College and for the general online public. Quizzes and quantifiers, determiners, prepositions, pronouns, use of modal auxiliaries. Extensive, well presented, surprisingly amusing information.

ESLgold provides hundreds of pages of free English teaching and learning materials for both students and teachers. All resources are organized by skill and level for quick and easy access.
Do you have questions like:
How do children learn to read? Why is reading so difficult for some children and not others?
What are some risk factors for reading problems?
How can we prevent reading problems?
How can I help my young child learn to read?
What if I suspect a child has a reading problem?
Visit ReadingRockets.org for answers and "Information about teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle".

Don't forget our favorite place on the web - Monterey County Free Libraries - http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/library. Search catalogs, research databases, get homework help and the "Librarians Index to the Internet."

More recommended sites of interest:

California Literacy
Health and Literacy
Test Preparation


Check Out These Books:

"Patterns in Spelling" and the "Challenger" series provide structured progression and a review of basic phonics, pronunciation, and grammar.

"Teaching Adults -- A Literacy Resource Book" and "Teaching Adults -- An ESL Resource Book" developed by Laubach Literacy Action. Drills, exercises, lesson plans, how to be a culture guide, etc.
Pronunciation Matters" - Communicative, Story-Based Activities for Mastering the Sounds of North American English. Henrichsen, Green, Nishitani, Bagley. Very useful for diagnosing and correcting your learner's pronunciation difficulties.

A group of learners and families having fun at a recent gathering.

Now available at the Seaside Branch Library for a three week check-out for learners/tutors, a set of six 60 minute cassettes entitled American English Pronunciation Program, by Barbara Raifsnider, Random House:
"Improve your English pronunciation quickly, easily, and effectively with the Living Language® American English Pronunciation Program. Ideal for anyone with a foreign or regional accent, this audio program teaches Standard American Pronunciation the way you'll really hear it. The Living Language® American English Pronunciation Program is practical, convenient, and easy to use. You don't need a book or a degree in linguistics. Just listen and repeat!"
This set of 6 cassettes can also be purchased at www.randomhouse.com for $34.95. Our tutors have found these are a great practice aid for their learners.

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