LCMC NEWS                                         October 2010





Facilitated by Nancy McTiernan, LCMC Volunteer

Nancy will discuss the topics covered in the CIS (Citizenship and Immigration Services) test and what materials are available in the LCMC library and on the internet that will be useful to help prepare your student to take the test.  She will provide you with ideas and ways to incorporate civics and history lessons into your tutoring sessions.


To register, please email or call 301.610.0030.


Where                                                                  When

Rockville Library                                                     Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Second Floor Meeting Room                                  
6:30 - 8:00 PM

21 Maryland Ave. Rockville, Maryland 20850

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Using Supplementary Materials - Change Up Your Lessons
Facilitated by Mike Trageser, Basic Literacy Coordinator

Join Mike as he rolls out new activities that you may incorporate into your lessons.  Mike has developed additional exercises and worksheets that are linked to each lesson in the Laubach series.  These materials will provide variety for both you and your student and allow you to select items that target your student's specific needs within that lesson. 

To register, please email or call 301.610.0030.


Where                                                                  When

Rockville Library                                                     Saturday, November 20, 2010
Second Floor Meeting Room                                   10:30 AM - Noon

21 Maryland Ave.                                                  

Rockville, Maryland 20850



Change in tutor reporting process

Enhancing and Updating Goals and Achievements for Students


The main objective of tutoring is to help our students learn English in order to accomplish their goals, whether that means talking with their child’s teacher or obtaining their realtor’s license.  We want them to be active and independent members of the greater community.


Currently, as part of the monthly report, the LCMC staff requests that tutors enter student goals once they are achieved.  This gives our organization information after the fact, but does not provide a good picture of the progress our students are making toward reaching their goals.


This process is now changing and we need your help.


In addition to reporting on what your student has already accomplished, we now need you to report the goals you and your students plan to achieve. 



Now more than ever, the LCMC must demonstrate it is meeting its duty to teach adults to read, write and speak English.  As you are aware, funding is very tight.  County funding has been reduced.  The LCMC is constantly looking for opportunities to bring additional funds to the organization. Many grant sources require tangible proof (i.e. student progress) that an organization is actually accomplishing its mission.  The more the LCMC can demonstrate that it is helping students achieve their goals, the better position it is in to be eligible for other funding streams. 


Starting in October and each month thereafter, we will ask you to identify and report specific goals you hope to achieve with your student(s).  Most of you already set goals with your student so this should not be a new process.  The change is that we are now asking you to report monthly on the goals you and your student set in addition to when your student achieves them.    


To help with your goal planning, we uploaded a document, Student Learning Goals, on the LCMC website (under Tutor Resources).  It is also available from your coordinator via email.  Use this tool as a guide for the discussion your and your student will have about setting goals.  You can also use it to show your student how he/she is progressing toward his/her goals.  You and your student can also create goals that are not listed on the document that may be specific to your student’s need, e.g., wants to read instructions on how to use his smart phone.  You will notice that the document has blank lines under each category to list those type of goals.


Updated Monthly Progress Report forms are available on the website and the online report form also has been updated to include space for goal-setting.  

Click here to access the updated forms.

Click here to access the online form.

Also available online and via email is the Student Learning Goals Pictorial for you to use with students who have limited English skills.  The pictures can help guide your goal-setting conversation with your student.


We expect that every student will achieve at least two of their goals each quarter.    Accomplishments are meaningful for our students (as well as the LCMC) and it is important that we take the time to identify and work toward meeting their goals.  Positive feedback provides motivation for our students to continue in the program.


We hope to see lots of goals set (and met!) with our students when your report your October progress and beyond.


If you have any questions about the process or have any problems downloading the documents, please contact your coordinator.



The LCMC's English for Daily Living program has immediate openings for volunteer assistant teachers.  Assistants help teachers conduct classes and lead small groups of adult students in beginning-level English classes. Volunteers are needed at Veirs Mill Elementary School on Wednesday evenings through November 10, and at Glen Haven Elementary School on Wednesday evenings through December 1.  For more information, please email Jayne Klein, or call 301.610.0030, extension 206.   



This fall, the LCMC is conducting a specialized ESL class at the Upcounty Regional Services Center called Understanding the American Workplace.  This content-based class focuses on work readiness skills, thus helping students prepare to enter the American workforce or learn skills that will aid them in job advancement or retention, while improving their command of English.  To read an insightful blog post on how adult literacy programs stimulate the economy, click here.




     Executive Director Pam Saussy              Dean Cooper & Helen Briggs                               Marilyn Block


With a packed house and a line out the door, the LCMC fundraiser at the Silver Diner in Rockville on August 30 was a huge success!  According to the manager, this was the largest  turnout the diner had experienced for a fundraising event.  "It was like a Friday night," he remarked.  (Typically, Mondays are  slow days for restaurants).  LCMC board members, staff, volunteers, and learners pitched in as wait staff, busboys, greeters, and milkshake makers -- and were busy (and sometimes harried) workers the entire time.  The LCMC earned 20% of the night's receipts, which helps with some of the financial challenges we are facing.  Thanks to everyone who volunteered, and to all of you who "dined out for literacy."  We appreciate your support.


Please take a minute to help the LCMC win $1,000 is sponsoring a contest that will give an extra $1,000 to each of the five organizations that have the most toolbar downloads (and $100 to each of the first 100 charities to reach 100 downloads!)  With the GoodSearch toolbar, every time you search online or shop at more than 1,500 stores (from Amazon to Zazzle!), a donation will be made to Literacy Council of Montgomery County — all you have to do is add our toolbar to your computer.


Please help us be one of the lucky charities that will receive these much needed funds!  Here's how:


1. Click 

2. Download the Literacy Council of Montgomery County - LCMC (Rockville MD) toolbar 

3. "Share With Friends" on our toolbar download page so that others can get involved!


The contest ends on October 31 so please add the toolbar NOW and spread the word to as many people as you can!  For more information, click


Thank you for your support!  



By Jayne Klein, LCMC Librarian


REMINDER:  Please return books that you are not currently and actively using with your student. We are very short on funding for replacing books this year.  Every book you return to our library represents a book-replacement cost savings which can range from $8 for a copy of More Stories, to $35 for a Stand Out Lesson Planner.  Simply package up your books, mark the package LITERACY COUNCIL – ROCKVILLE LIBRARY, take it to the circulation desk of any MCPL branch, and ask to have it delivered to us via the free inter-library “pony”

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If you wish to receive Easy English News from September through June and are able to pick it up monthly at your library, please contact, and indicate the library branch at which you will pick it up.


High level speaker needs help practicing writing skills in preparation to take the GED exam.  If you can work with this student, please email Stephanie Williams or call 301.610.0030, ext. 215.


Young woman from Tibet cannot speak or understand English, but is able to print and read the alphabetAvailable for tutoring during school hours at the Quince Orchard Library.  To help, email Carol Gardner or call 301.610.0030, ext. 210.



  • MCAEL Fall Professional Development Institute (FREE)

        ▫ Exploring the MCAEL Teacher Toolkit & Investigating the World of Adult ESOL - September 10, 6 pm - 9 pm

        ▫ More Learning, Less Teaching -- October 16 and 23, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

        ▫ Pronunciation of American English -- November 19, 6 pm - 9 pm

        ▫ Tackling Technology:  Tools and Techniques for Success, December 10, 6 pm - 9 pm

   For more information, please click here


Online teaching tools:

●  Language, Diversity, and Learning: Lessons for Education in the 21st Century
This digest from the Center for Applied Linguistics reviews changing demographics in language, ethnicity, culture, and customs in the U.S., offers ways for how we can learn from our nation’s history of language diversity, and provides suggestions for moving forward. Learn more.

Using Oral Language Skills to Build on the Emerging Literacy of Adult English Learners
This brief reviews the research, describes ways to capitalize on adult learners’ oral skills to create successful literacy learning experiences, and suggests areas for further research to bolster the knowledge base in working with adult second languag
e learners who are in the process of becoming literate. Learn more


provides an online community for sharing instructional videos.  To view an online video of a teacher demonstrating the "think aloud" strategy for building reading comprehension, click here.  There are other examples as well.  You can also find demonstrations on YouTube; just enter "think aloud reading strategy."


LCMC representatives meet with congress and administration leaders


       Milton Whitley                                    Mary-Ellen Friedland                     Sissy Kegley, Geneen Massey, Rachel Glass, Mary-                                                                                                                       Ellen Friedland, Milton Whitey, David C. Harvey


On September 22, literacy advocates met  in Washington to present the Declaration for the Right to Literacy to Congress and the Obama Administration.  Signed by over 30,000 people across the U.S.,  the Declaration urges the Obama Administration and Congress to support adult literacy and basic education for the millions of Americans who need these skills. It also calls on President Obama to create a national taskforce on adult and family literacy to call attention to this crisis.   Milton Whitley, a student in the LCMC's Basic Literacy program, spoke at a meeting that included, among others, Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Vocational & Adult Education and David C. Harvey, President and CEO of ProLiteracy.  Attending the events with Milton were tutor Mary-Ellen Friedland, Basic Literacy Coordinator Mike Trageser, and MCAEL Executive Director Rachel Glass.  Whitley received ProLiteracy's Outstanding Student Award in 2010 and is an advocate for adult literacy services.






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