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January 30, 2013
I joined Literacy Connexus . . .

God directed me to Literacy Connexus through a variety of twists and turns.


I came to Dallas in 2010, and began serving refugees in the Vickery Meadow area. I served through an organization which reaches out to Bhutanese refugees. I fell in love with the Bhutanese friends that I had made, and decided to stay in Dallas. However, I also knew I needed to continue studies; so, I began searching for schools in the area. 
Matt Johnston
I began studies at Dallas Baptist University and completed an MA in Global Leadership with a specialization in ESL in December of 2011.Through a professor at DBU, I learned about Literacy Connexus and an opportunity to work as an intern there. When I met Lester Meriwether, I quickly saw that the organization has similar goals to my personal goals.   
Matt Johnston
Through Literacy Connexus, I am learning how to serve refugees, immigrants, and others with literacy needs in tangible ways. It's been a pleasure to work alongside Lester, Wendy, and Robin. Through Robin Feistel and TEX Trainers, I have learned more about teaching ESL. My fiancÚ and I are planning to teach English in China, and this internship is great preparation! I am excited to see some of our work come together at a TEX Trainers meeting in February and at the Gulf Coast Literacy Conference.  
Matt Johnston 
Matt Johnston
Literacy Connexus Intern 
Gulf Coast Literacy Conference
The GCLC is this weekend! By all means, plan to attend if you:
  • Teach ESL or Adult Basic Education--or would like to 
  • Need in-service training for ESL or Adult Basic Education
  • Work with refugees, immigrants, or internationals--or would like to 
  • Are looking for fresh ways to reach out to culturally diverse populations in your community 
  • Have a desire to learn about exciting opportunities to impact lives through literacy missions ministry 
Our keynote speaker is Dr. Guadalupe Quintanilla.

Click here to see the line-up of sessions and presenters.

        Registration closes tomorrow!
GCLC with time
You Are Invited
Luncheon invite
Join us to learn about church-led back-to-school projects. 
Jeannette Kelley, director of Belton's prolific Project Apple Tree, will be our featured speaker.

Click here for more information. 
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ProLiteracy Logo Contact to join the new nation-wide faith-based listserv. It's that simple. Don't miss out on the opportunity to connect, ask questions and exchange ideas with other literacy providers! Questions on what this is all about? Give us a call.
Lester Meriwether, Executive Director
4802 Highway 377, Suite 14
Fort Worth, TX 76116
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Trivia Challenge 
1. According to the UN, on average, a language disappears every:

a) one week

b) two weeks

c) one month

d) two months 

2. Dogs have about 10 vocal sounds while cats have about:

a) 25

b) 100

c) 300

d) 500

3. The language with the greatest number of distinct words is:

a) Bantu

b) English

c) Mandarin

d) Portuguese   


Problem accessing  the answers? Reply to this email and we'll shoot them your way.  


These instructional links may help: 


TEX Video

Check out our new video!   
The Impact of TEX Trainers

Created by intern Matt Johnston.
Did you know?
According to a 2012 survey from the Pew Hispanic Center:
  • 38% of total U.S. Hispanics prefer Spanish


  • 38% are bilingual


  • 24% prefer English


  • Use of English rises through the generations


  • 51% of U.S.-born Hispanics prefer English


(Statistics cited in Parade, January 20, 2013)