Literacy Spotlight: Asian Human Services

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This week the Illinois State Library spotlights Asian Human Services in Chicago.

An Iraqi student lived in the United States for three years before beginning English as a Second Language classes at Asian Human Services. Prior to working with a tutor, she would guess at words she didn’t know because she lacked the skills to break down words into syllables in order to speak and comprehend.

A tutor was assigned to help her work on phonics, word recognition, speaking and writing simple sentences. The two women developed a friendship, and with the tutor’s help, the student gained confidence and improved her ability to form complete sentences. Hard work and dedication enabled her to succeed. She is now fluent enough that she shared her story about her move to the United States at the Chicago Northside Literacy Coalition’s “Night of a Thousand Stars” event last year.