NALC Nomads

by Sally Tiven, English Tutor Now that NALC staff has brought you together, blessed the union, and provided the book, it’s time to select a venue for the dual endeavor of English study and cultural coaching. You may be surprised to learn that Target is the preferred study hall of several of my English learners. … Continue reading

Learner-Tutor Relationships and the Importance of Listening

by Emily Davidson Nemoy, Literacy Tutor When you listen to someone completely, you hear the whole of what he or she is saying. Not just the words—but also the feelings and thoughts behind them. You are trying to understand the other person, even if you don’t agree with him or her. I began tutoring with … Continue reading

Volunteer Spotlight: Alys Venable

Alys Venable has been a dedicated tutor to eight learners over the course of her eight years volunteering here at the Nashville Adult Literacy Council.  She has worked with both literacy learners and English language learners in our One-on-One program and Start Now program.  She initially tutored our learners at Davidson County Drug Court, a … Continue reading

Thank You, Volunteers!

Happy National Volunteer Week!  We wanted to take this time to celebrate the thousands of volunteers we’ve worked with over the years.  It is your dedication to the Nashville Adult Literacy Council that continues to make our program a success.  If you’re in one of our offices this week, be sure to pick up a … Continue reading

The First Day: Getting to Know Your Student’s Goals and Building a Lesson Plan

By Alex Howard, ELL Tutor Earlier this week, I had the chance to meet my new student, and I began thinking about how important that first session is. Here are a few notes and ideas about what to do on the first day. Preparation Take some time to organize your aims for your first meeting. … Continue reading

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