Think of all the reading you may do in any single day-road signs, medicine labels, advertisements, memos, email, notes from school, weather warnings, voter information, this newspaper, and so much more.
Now think what it would be like if you were unable to read or understand these many things that you take for granted. In an effort to build a stronger more productive and literate community, Gorge Literacy exists to provide free, basic literacy instruction and support to all adults in the Columbia Gorge Community College service area enabling them to reach their goals and realize their potential in their family, work and community lives.
Gorge Literacy matches volunteer tutors with adult learners in Wasco, Hood River, Skamania, and Klickitat counties.
Currently, there is a waiting list of learners hoping to be matched with a tutor. Some of these learners are looking to improve their literacy skills in order to get a job, keep a job, or get a promotion.
Others want to be able to read books with their children or grandchildren. Many just want to be able to better navigate a world that is reliant on written communication.
Adult learners are courageous individuals who have decided the time is now to tackle their greatest obstacles. All they need is an interested tutor who is willing to share the knowledge and skills that open the doors to the world of literacy.
Gorge Literacy is offering a one-day tutor training Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and takes place at Columbia Gorge Community College Indian Creek Campus in Hood River.
Led by an experienced trainer, trainees will explore the reasons why adult learners enter into literacy programs, how adults differ from child learners, what are some of the cultural differences and learning styles that may affect tutoring, how to assess a learner's needs and work together to set attainable goals, techniques for working with native English speakers and English as a Second Language students, and finally, you will learn how to put this together to create interesting and effective lesson plans.
To register, call (541) 506-6043 or email (Gorgeliteracy@cgcc.cc.or.us).
There is not charge for the training. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 21.