ESL Literacy American Dream Grant Results

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  • 1. Rockaway Township Library 61 Mount Hope Road Rockaway Township, NJ 07866 973-627-2344 http://www.rtlibrary.org Grant Coordinator Barb Hauck-Mah
  • 2. Partnership of 2 NJ Public libraries in adjacent towns Rockaway Twp Library Suburban, 25 sq. miles 22,450 pop (2000 Census) 18% speak language other than English Dover Public Library Urban, 2.7 sq. miles 18,188 pop (2000 Census) 55% speak Language other than Englishthan English 6% Hispanic, 6% Asian than English 49% Hispanic or Latino 2
  • 3. Partnership of 2 NJ Public libraries in adjacent towns Rockaway Twp Library Dover Public Library 3
  • 4. Literacy = Opportunity Project Strong need for tutors for adult ESL students Partnered with Literacy Volunteers of Morris County for publicity Help adult English language learners improve their conversational and computer skills to enhance their job prospects RT Library expertise in computer class instruction Partnered with Dover Library for use of computers and facility Partnered with Rockaway Twp community for volunteer teachers Partnered with Dover Library staff member with ESL class experience 4
  • 5. Computer Class Overview Taught two 10 week courses: 90 minutes per hands-on class session Topics: Computer basics, email, keyboarding, internet, MS Word,keyboarding, internet, MS Word, Excel,Powerpoint and photo editing Handouts and instruction in English 1 Volunteer for every 3-4 students 5
  • 6. English Club Overview English conversation evening meetings twice a month at Dover Library Large group and small group activities Themes from Easy English News, Current 6 Themes from Easy English News, Current Events, True Stories, students Led by Literacy Volunteer teacher on Dover Library staff Reading aloud, listening and chatting
  • 7. Literacy Collection Overview Created English Language Learning circulating collection at RT Library Topics: pronunciation, grammar, conversation, citizenship, test prep, computer basics, job skills Expanded ESL resources at Dover Library 7 Expanded ESL resources at Dover Library Purchased Easy English News copies for English Club conversation classes Barb Hauck-Mah created Workbooks and Handouts for ESL Computer classes
  • 8. U.S. Citizenship Workshop Results Introduction to U.S. Citizenship presented by Jewish Family & Vocational Services in Fall and Spring Review of application and interview 8 Review of application and interview process with phone call in and videos 32 adults attended- 4 completed official interviews Hosted at Rockaway Township Library
  • 9. Computer Class Results 27 student graduates: 100% have library cards + basic computer skills 2 students got jobs due to tech skills EXIT SURVEY: How much do you know about using computers? 9 How much do you know about using computers? Zero or a Little 55% Before Class 11% After Favorite thing about computer class The Teachers Every time I am here, I learn something new Most useful computer skill learned? Excel http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtlibrary/sets/72157624839228993/
  • 10. English Club Results 290 adult English language learners ; attendance total for 16 Monday evenings Sept. 2010-March 2011 EXIT SURVEY:EXIT SURVEY: 100% reported that their English speaking and listening skills were better than before Class 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtlibrary/sets/72157625862404152/
  • 11. NJLA Conference Panel May 2011 Led Literacy Success @your Library panel for 2011 NJ Library Association conference Speakers from 3 NJ Public Libraries 11 Speakers from 3 NJ Public Libraries presented American Dream projects: Piscataway Citizenship Rockaway Twp ESL Computer Classes Vineland ESL Tutoring https://sites.google.com/site/hauckmah/links-1
  • 12. Literacy = Opportunity Success Story Mr. Manuel Manzanares (in the white baseball cap) was the projects first success story. Manuel attended the computer classes and English conversation meetings in the fall. He was out of work, but was able to get a job 12 He was out of work, but was able to get a job at a local warehouse after 3 months in our course, because of his new computer skills. Congratulations Manuel! Click the link below to read The Daily Record article about Manuel and our first computer class session in Summer 2010. http://denville.injersey.com/2010/09/01/esl-goes-digital-at-rockaway-twp-library/