This week the Illinois State Library spotlights The Literacy Council of Rockford.
This adult learner waited for over a year for a tutor to help her learn English. She wanted to communicate with her sons and become more independent. Once a tutor became available, this student put all of her energy into her studies. When her car broke down and was in the shop for two weeks she walked to the library to meet with her tutor. While improving her English skills, she also gained self-confidence. She works on her pronunciation with a conversation group and can read important papers like her car insurance and medical bills.
This student’s improved English allows her to volunteer in community programs like the Community Emergency Response Team and the First Responder Program. Under these very stressful situations, volunteers must understand and speak English with coordinators, follow directions exactly, and communicate with other people. She even won a special award for outstanding adult learning at The Literacy Council! Her family, and especially her grown sons, are very proud of all she has accomplished. She hopes to continue her education and go on to study at Rock Valley College.