Originally from New York City, State College has become my home during the completion of my B.S. degree, Global and International Studies, and Master of International Affairs degree.
The thought of sitting down and writing can often seem scary and daunting. It’s sometimes hard to put your thoughts into words, or to craft that perfect sentence. When you’re all finished, however, there’s no feeling quite like having written something you’re proud of—something you want to share with the world.
Technical skills are not only relevant to the youngest generation. While the latest gadgets are always in the hands of teenagers, everyone must adapt and learn new technology to access everything from doctor’s appointments and health insurance to job applications, online training, public services, and community information.
The best teachers are constant learners. In line with that axiom, an enthusiastic group of tutor recruits joined together to start their summer at our New Tutor Training in late May.
English literacy is very important to Zull-kifuly Moumouni, whose goal is to create an education center in his home community in Benin, Africa
Do you have a friend whose glass is always half full, who always makes lemon-aide out of lemons?
Every Tuesday and Thursday over the past winter, a group of 15 adult learners of English filled a classroom at Mid-State Literacy Council.
If a community is fortunate enough to be the home of such generous, personable, and kind-hearted people as Ron and Mary Maxwell, then it should reserve a time to celebrate them.
The 20th Anniversary of the Ron and Mary Maxwell Community Spelling Bee is right around the corner, making this a very lively and exciting time at Mid-State Literacy Council. The Spelling Bee is just one of Mid-State’s special events that gives the community a chance to celebrate literacy and recognize the organization’s goals.
One goal shared by many of the students at Mid-State Literacy Council is to increase confidence when conversing with native English speakers. Priyanka, a young woman from India, works in a local restaurant in downtown State College.
Maria lived in Cuba her entire life until moving to Miami, Florida two years ago to be with her sisters. She recently moved to State College to live with her daughter who is pursuing her Ph.D. from Penn State University. She started learning English only one year ago and began by watching television shows and YouTube videos.
A very important concept for getting a reluctant reader to want to read is how a book looks. This is the importance of design. The five features are: book shape and size; binding, dust jacket, cover and end papers; page layout; typography; and paper and ink.