Joplin NALA Read Works to Address Adult Literacy Crisis

On September 8, the world will mark the 48th annual International Literacy Day to remind us all that reading, writing, and basic math remain an elusive target for nearly 800 million adults around the globe. Joplin NALA Read is part of a national network of organizations that work every minute of every day to end the adult literacy crisis. 

According to ProLiteracy, the largest membership organization advancing the cause of adult literacy and basic education in the nation, more than 36 million adults in the U.S. lack the most basic literacy skills, and 15 percent of Americans without a diploma don’t have jobs. 

ESL Students Visit City Hall, Joplin, MO

Joplin NALA Read's English as a Second Language students began their Friday lesson with learning vocabulary related to City Hall - municipal, city council, city clerk, and  public information officer. Then they practiced writing and saying embedded questions. Embedded questions are a question within a question and are often used because it sounds more polite. Our students then came up with a list of questions to ask during our tour of City Hall such as, "Could you tell me when the next city council meeting is?" We want to thank Barb Hogelin, Joplin City Clerk, for leading the tour of City Hall.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Students Visit The Joplin Globe

Joplin NALA Read’s English as a Second Language (ESL) students visited The Joplin Globe. We saw how the paper was generated – from the time a reporter investigates the news through printing and circulation. Prior to the field trip, the students learned newspaper related vocabulary and discussed the role of newspapers in our lives. 

English Forward Tutor Workshop

English language learners share many of the same goals as those whose first language is English – to provide for themselves and their families. To do this they need to learn English well enough to survive as workers, family members, and citizens.

English Forward is the first comprehensive, research-based training system for adult ESL instructors. Rather than emphasizing textbooks, English Forward emphasizes using authentic materials and students’ own life experiences to create an engaging classroom environment that will retain students and improve learning.

Click here to learn more about the English Forward Tutor Workshop!