Learning briefs, September 8, 2008 | TheUnion.com

Learning briefs, September 8, 2008

Partners in English Language Learning is the new name of what formerly was known as the Literacy Council of Nevada County.

Their mission is to help people learning English “become thriving members of our community by offering one-on-one language tutoring and building bridges that foster cross-cultural respect, understanding and friendship.”

A growth in clients means the group needs more tutors. Already, more than 45 volunteers have partnered with one or even two students anxious to learn or improve their English for work, school or to speak with their children’s teachers.

It takes an hour or two each week to give a foreigner a language passport to a more productive life in this country. Three-day training for volunteers will be held Sept. 13, 20 and 27.

To volunteer or donate, call program coordinator Donna Cobb at 274-8428.

To submit items to the Learning Page, contact City Editor Trina Kleist at tkleist@theunion.com or call 477-4230.

Read Up!, the Nevada County Library’s adult literacy service, will join the worldwide observation of International Literacy Day today.

Established by the United Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1965, this day is to focus on the need for literacy around the world. It is estimated that 30 million adults in the U.S. have minimal reading and writing skills, which increases the likelihood of them being under-employed, at poverty level, on welfare or involved in crime.

Read Up! is a free, confidential, one-on-one program to help adults improve their reading, writing, speaking and math skills. Call 470-2772 to learn how to become a student or tutor.

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