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Message From the Director

Lisa 5We have two training sessions this month, September 14th and 28th. If you would like to be a tutor, be sure to contact me as soon as possible to reserve a seat. 

Also, today is the first day of AACares, a community-wide fundraiser for nonprofits. Please help us win a $2,500 matching grant! Just click to support the AACLC. Every donation counts and allows us to continue expanding our free tutoring program in Anne Arundel County.   

Warmest regards,


Lisa Vernon   


Mark your calendars!

We have from Friday, September 6th (today) through Thursday, September 12th  to win a $2,500 Challenge grant this year.

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Why We Do What We Do

Tutor Liz McKibbin has recently experienced the real secret behind the AACLC's success. Workbooks, flashcards, and helpful hints may be the tools we use to help adults begin to tackle the mind-blowing difficulty of reading English. But it is simple kindness and patience that underlie the hard work that tutors and students do together.


Liz's student Linda has only been working with her for a little more than two months. Linda, whose limited experience with the English language was gleaned from listening to people's conversations and by paying attention to instructions she received at her babysitting job, was very self-conscious and frustrated by her inability to maintain a conversation and make herself understood properly. She despaired of ever finding help until a colleague suggested she contact the AACLC.


When Linda's tutoring sessions first got underway, Liz noted that "Linda wasn't quite sure how long our relationship would last and why AACLC volunteers teach people the way we do. She wasn't expecting such kindness!" But in just a few short weeks, Liz became aware of a big increase in her student's self-confidence. "Once she realized that I would really be there for her on a regular basis, she simply blossomed. Linda is extremely hardworking and a very easy-going person." 


Liz intuitively knew that focusing on something that had an immediate impact on Linda's life would be a powerful motivator: "A big step for her was learning Anne Arundel County Environmental and Fire Procedures, a requirement for keeping her job. We studied together for five successive lessons, role playing all the steps she had to master, until she was ready to be tested on them."

Recently, Linda described the difference her tutoring sessions with Liz have made in her life. Tears of happiness streamed down her face as she remarked: "I felt like I lived in a very small house with lots of windows which I could not open or see through. But now, Miss Liz has come into my life and is opening these windows, one by one, bringing in sunshine and fresh air every time I learn something new"

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2012 & 2013 Tutor training Classes

We will have two tutor training dates to choose from this Fall!  Both trainings will be held at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park.  Our training will familiarize you with the Laubach teaching materials we use, and will cover both basic literacy and ESL instruction.  We hope to match you with a student at the end of the training day.  There will be a required October 26 Tutor Follow-On Workshop 9:00 am-12:00 noon, also at Woods Memorial.   


Here are the training dates and the Follow-On Workshop information: 


September 14 Tutor Training 9:00-3:00 
September 28 Tutor Training 9:00-3:00 
Required October 26 Tutor Follow-On Workshop

Class size will be limited to 20 participants for each training.  If interested in either of these training dates, please email or call 410-269-4419 as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

Tutor Resourses
MrSkypelessons has 80 free YouTube videos for ESL learners.  IDIOMS lesson 3 "Body" explains how we use 10 different idioms all connected to the theme of the body.
Click here 
Another excellent YouTube video from MrSkypelessons on the most common mistakes in English, Lesson 3.


ProLiteracy Education Network has a wealth of free online courses for tutors. Click here to see the full selection of courses available and to register.  

 Free learning apps listed which include Spelling City, a fun way to learn spelling and vocabulary words. Play engaging games using premade or custom spelling lists. Click here 

 Notice of the 2013 annual meeting of the members of the AACLC 


Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 at 7:00 pm 

Eastport United Methodist Church

926 Bay Ridge Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403. 


The purpose of the meeting is to elect those Directors of the Board who are up for re-election, present the Annual Report, and conduct such other business that may come before the membership.


The following Directors were elected to the Board by the existing Board members in January 2013 and are up for re-election for a three-year term beginning September 2013:


Please click the link below to see the  

Mike Keller
Veronica Jagoe
Nancy White 
Lisa Vernon
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We did it again! We have won both the 2012 and  2013 Top-Rated Great Nonprofits award, as well as the GuideStar Exchange Seal, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. Please take a moment to check out our 40 five-star reviews.  


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