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Article-photo pairing was confusing

Literacy can change a life. I’m a tutor for Partners in English Language Learning in Nevada County and can attest to that. I found the article in the Learning section in the Monday, Sept. 8 edition of The Union to be confusing and wonder how anyone with literacy problems would be able to understand where they may find help for their particular needs.

The article shows a tutor and learner in the picture with the appropriate explanation of what service is pictured, but here’s the confusion ” the article below the picture discusses a different program geared to assist illiterate English speakers. When you turn to Digest on page 6 then the services provided by PiELL gets expressed.

PiELL services a population of different students. We offer English language learning, with trained tutors, on a one-to-one basis, utilizing well known ESL and other training tools geared to assisting people with many different languages as their primary language.



Our tutors are required to complete three training days and observe an actual tutorial session before matched to a student. We offer tutor mentoring to new tutors for a three-year period and have continual informal coffee talks to share and exchange ideas to improve our teaching methods.

Myra Arstein




Penn Valley


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