Whistle While You Work Student Writing Activity


Whistle While You Work

Student Writing Activity

These three students written responses were chosen for their great attention to content, vocabulary choice, and overall ability to communicate well as writers! We’re so proud of their work!

Entry #1

I work at Avon Old Farms Hotel. I am a dishwasher and I clean the kitchen, and I am a prep cook. I don’t like my job because the job is hard and I am used to a different kind of work. I have a Master’s Degree in Political Science, and I worked before in betting non-citizens for the Ministry of the Interior in Qatar.

I hope to change my job but the major barriers are that my English is not as good as it needs to be. I want to work at the U.N. or for the FBI or at a university. I want to feel human. Improving my English will help me to do this.


Entry #2

Currently I am working as a babysitter. I really like my job, but someday I will want to change it. I am still working on my English and it’s not an easy thing to do. Learning a new language can be tricky sometimes, but with the help from my teacher at Literacy Volunteers it’s getting easier.

At the beginning I always had a dictionary in my purse. Now I don’t need it anymore, and I feel comfortable enough with speaking English to have friends who speak only this language.

In the future I would like to work as a teacher in the pre-school. I like to see kids trying to learn as much as possible at every step of their life, and I would love to be a part of it to help them learn and grow. I also know that it will take a while to reach that goal, especially with some “holes” in my English, but I believe everything is possible when we work hard to achieve it.


Entry #3

For now I am cooking in a restaurant. I like parts of my job but sometimes it affects my hands. Also, I don’t make much money. I want a different job because I need to make more money to support my family. Someday I would like to be a nurse. One of the barriers to getting another job is that my English is not very good. Learning English will help me get the kind of job I want.


Thanks to the great efforts of tutor Deb Caswell (students are Abdul and Francisca) and tutor Mike Satagaj (student Jadwiga), these students are making great progress with their English writing skills!

Prospective Tutor Training

Volunteers – A Gift to the Community!

Literacy Volunteers of Central CT will offer training for people*
interested in tutoring students to speak English.

 The English for Students of Other Languages (ESOL) training session will be held on all of the following dates: November 6, 9, 13, 16 (6-8:30PM) at the First Church of Christ Congregational, New Britain.

If you have a background as an educator you may qualify to waive this tutor training.

To register, please contact Literacy Volunteers of Central CT at 860-229-7323 or
1-877-603-7323 or email lvccprogassist@gmail.com for registration or additional information.

 *must be 18 years or older and have a High School Diploma or Equivalent

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Fall Newsletter 2017

Family Literacy Registration

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The Family Literacy Program addresses the need for FREE GED and
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes for adults while simultaneously providing a play and learn group for their children. Components of the program include adult education classes (GED & ESOL), Play and Learn literacy based playgroup for children, weekly parenting education programs, and weekly parent and child together activities. The program is a partnership with the New Britain YWCA and New Britain Adult Education.

To enroll one must be a mother with at least one child under age 8 and be a resident of New Britain. Classes are held at the YWCA, with limited space for FREE child-care for ages 6 months-2 years. Classes are 3 days a week between Monday and Thursday and meet from 9:00AM-2:00PM (schedule varies by day).

To register of for more information call Janice at 860-229-7323, or email lvccfamlit@gmail.com.

We are always looking for volunteers to assist in our Play & Learn Child-Care Program, 1 day per week, 3-5 hours.