A language is closely connected to the culture it lives in. This was Yang’s first discovery when she came to the United States to start a new life.
"Reading is just interesting," comments Makiko, an adult learner at Mid-State. As a native Japanese speaker, Makiko's love for reading has inspired her to tackle the entire Harry Potter series in English, a formidable feat for this non-native speaker.
Coming from a small school in the suburbs to the large campus of Penn State, one of the biggest changes I experienced was interacting with people from diverse backgrounds each day.
How does one cope and stay Joyful amidst a difficult time of isolation, quarantine, separation, worries of job loss, teaching your children at home while virtually navigating through too many Zoom meetings and not having enough band width?
What do Paul P. Harris (Rotary founder), Amy (grandparent), Phoebe (PSU tutor), a deviled egg sandwich (lunch provided for tutor), Chrome Books, and Bellefonte all have in common?
When I first started working at the Mid-State Literacy Council in September 2019, I was curious about how this breadth of offerings could be accomplished year after year with a staff of only two full-time and a few part-time employees.
As a student at Penn State University and member of the State College community, I had the unique opportunity to interview a Mid-State Literacy Council student and hear first-hand about the lasting effects of the tutoring and coursework.
This week we are highlighting a special ‘graduate’ from Mid-State who is now giving her time to help others.
In 2020, we are starting a new series for our blog about the smart technology that all of us own – our brains. We kick off with an article about the benefits of knowing a second language. Stay tuned for more in the year ahead…
What were the highlights of your 2019? For some of our students, they included finding a job, getting a driver's license, and taking the next step towards earning a higher degree.