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Delivering Literacy Through a Virtual Learning Environment

Introducing Centro Latino's recent Literacy Partners

By Claudia Sandoval, Centro Latino
Published on LatinoLA: November 13, 2012


Delivering Literacy Through a Virtual Learning Environment


Centro Latino for Literacy (Centro Latino) creates innovative solutions that transform lives through literacy. In 1991, a group of dedicated volunteers founded Centro Latino as a non-profit organization to teach non-literate adult Spanish-speakers how to read and write in Spanish, first as a basis to learn English as a second language (ESL).

In 2004, Centro Latino developed its hallmark curriculum, Leamos™ (Let's Read) - a simple and easy-to-use Pre-ESL online literacy course that teaches non-literate Spanish-speaking adults to read and write at a basic Spanish level. Consisting of 43 instructional lessons, Leamos has been used successfully by thousands of individuals, adult education programs, libraries and more. Read about our most recent Literacy Partners below.

Leamos in Ventura County

After two months of planning, the Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) (pictured) is finally equipped to offer Leamos to their community in Oxnard, CA. In August, Centro Latino's president and ceo Mari Riddle, and WedBush Bank's D. Monique Johnson, senior vice president/director of marketing and relationship Management and María Serna, Assistant Operations Manager, drove north to drop-off the first five of ten laptops donated by WedBush Bank.

During their visit Margaret Sawyer, executive director at MICOP and Arcenio Lopez, associate director, met with Mari, Monique, and María to discuss and sign the Leamos subscription agreement. Two weeks ago, Centro Latino staff AnaMaría Ruiz, Literacy Expansion director and Claudia Sandoval, Literacy Support trained their two primary tutors and administrator on how to use the Leamos course.

The training was done is Spanish and they went through a step-by-step review of the course. The Centro Latino team is happy to inform that 15 Leamos subscriptions were purchased and will be made available to non-literate Spanish-speakers in Oxnard, many whose first language is Mixteco and Zapotec. ¡Adelante!

Leamos in Illinois

On April 20th, Mari Riddle visited the Waukegan Public Library while in Chicago for a leadership development training funded by Bank of America. Once back in Los Angeles, Mari told her team about the library's interest in the Leamos course. Thanks to advancements in technology Centro Latino is able to offer the Leamos course to anyone with internet access.

On October 1st, Claudia and AnaMaría in Los Angeles trained an instructor and two tutors on how to use Leamos via a webinar. The training was also held in Spanish and the tutors were enthusiastic about starting the course with their students. Since then, the Waukegan Public Library has enrolled 8 adults in the Leamos course. ¡Bravo!

And YPI Strikes Again

In early August, the Youth Policy Institute's (YPI) site coordinators at New Village Charter School (NVCS) requested the Leamos course specifically for their parent center. Trained in September, the NVCS will determine if out of their ESL student base there will be students who need basic language literacy and/or will benefit from our Leamos course. This makes the NVCS Centro Latino's fourth YPI partner. We look forward to more YPI sites becoming literacy partners.

Coming Soon…Leamos in Park City, Utah

Recently, the Summit County Library requested the Leamos course for their constituents. Through their own research they found us, and applied for a grant to purchase 15 Leamos subscriptions.

Centro Latino is excited for its new partnerships and thanks all of its Literacy Partners for offering Leamos to 81 adults from January to October and for continuing to bridge the illiteracy gap.

To learn more about Centro Latino's Literacy Partners visit www.leamos.org or www.centrolatinoliteracy.org; you can also click here for a direct link: http://www.leamos.org/index.php?page=2583.

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