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September 25, 2013
Big Tex? No, TEX joined Literacy Connexus . . .

Big Tex is waiting to greet you at the state fair of Texas in Dallas this Friday afternoon.  He's had quite a year since the fire that damaged this friendly landmark.  New duds in Fort Worth.  A complete makeover for this 61-year-old.  A sight to see: Big Tex-welcoming fair goers at the State Fair of Texas.


Another TEX has had a busy year, too.  The Literacy Connexus approach to training volunteers to speak English is also known as TEX--Teaching English with Excellence.  Developed by Robin Feistel of Nacogdoches, TEX is a combination of several methods of teaching ESL (English for speakers of other languages), ideas, resources, and years of experience.


The training prepares volunteers who have no teacher certification or experience and do not speak a language other than English to teach effectively.  The emphasis in the initial TEX Basic training (usually nine hours taught on a Friday evening and Saturday) is teaching the beginning student.  However, many of the teaching activities introduced are applicable to higher level students, and future teachers of those levels can also benefit from the Basic training. An additional 12-plus hours of training cover teaching higher level students, pronunciation, cross-cultural witnessing, and writing English lessons from the Bible. 


TEX has covered more of the state than Big Tex this year.  In August and September alone, TEX trainings have been conducted in Fort Worth, Garland, Georgetown, Houston, Kingwood, Midland, San Antonio, Weslaco, Wichita Falls, and Tyler.  More than 250 persons have completed TEX training.  These energetic, equipped volunteers are now beginning to teach ESL in their communities--most through church-based programs.  That's a story in itself.  If each teaches just five students, then a thousand persons will be impacted.



There's another part of the story that is worthy of note. Robin created more than a thick notebook and a box of pictures and manipulatives. She has trained a cadre of TEX trainers and apprentices. Paul's encouragement to Timothy comes to mind:

"And what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well."  II Timothy 2:2


Robin taught Beth and Martha and Karen and Dora and Ella and Blenda and Dean. They are teaching apprentice trainers Kathy and Elsa and Kathleen and Connie and Carol. It's an apprentice model with more details than we've space for here.   


And more training is on the way in Houston and Dallas and beyond. Keep up with Literacy Connexus TEX trainings on our website under Events.

Kathy Cervantes is a TEX trainer apprentice and Literacy Connexus board member. She recently reflected, "I wish I'd known about TEX when I first began to teach ESL."


Now you know, too!



Adult Literacy Workers . . .

A request from ProLiteracy:

Given the growing need for native language literacy both in the United States and overseas, ProLiteracy's publishing division, New Readers Press, is exploring the possibility of re-printing literacy materials with a Christian theme and making them available for faith-based organizations. 


We've included a link below for a short survey - we appreciate any information you can provide on whether these materials would be of use to you in your work in the United States or other countries.


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 Click here for more information about the history and development of these materials.


Thank you in advance for taking the time to assist us in this research,

Lester Meriwether, Executive Director 
4802 Highway 377 S., Suite 14
Fort Worth, TX 76116
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Pam Moore, Editor   

Trivia Challenge 
1. Who said, "I speak two languages: Body and English?"

a) Mae West

b) Anne Bancroft

c) Muhammad Ali

d) Ronald Reagan 

2. An ulu is an item used daily in Alaska. It literally means:

a) child's toy

b) man's axe

c) woman's knife

d) family washboard

3. Capturing a wild horse, caballo salvage in Spanish, by shooting a bullet or arrow into just the right spot at the top of its neck in order to stun rather than kill,  was a technique used by Mexicans, Native Americans, and settlers on the early plains. It is called:

a) shearing

b) feathering

c) snagging

d) creasing


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