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Who We Are

 

 

LVEC's primary goals are to: 

1. Provide tutoring services to adult English speakers who are learning to read English.

2. Provide tutoring, computer-assisted learning opportunities, and conversation groups to support New American adults to speak and understand English.

3. Recruit and train volunteer tutors to provide the services necessary for LVEC to accomplish its first two goals.

LVEC collaborates with a number of organizations in order to meet these goals. Of particular value to LVEC is its relationships with local adult and continuing education programs as well as the community libraries of Southeastern Connecticut.

Our History

Our organization was founded in 1978 in New London, CT and in 1997 merged with the Literacy Volunteers of Norwich. Our service area now encompasses all of New London county and much of Eastern Connecticut.

The original mission was to teach basic literacy skills to English-speaking individuals over the age of sixteen who were unable to read or write. The significant influx of immigrants to Eastern Connecticut in recent years has drastically changed the services LVEC is called on to provide. Today, fewer than 20% of our learners are acquiring basic literacy skills while about 90% are learning English as a second or third language. As a result, LVEC's primary goals are to: 

1. Provide tutoring services to adult English speakers who are learning to read English.

2. Provide tutoring, computer-assisted learning opportunities, and conversation groups to support New American adults to speak and understand English.

3. Recruit and train volunteer tutors to provide the services necessary for LVEC to accomplish its first two goals.

LVEC collaborates with a number of organizations in order to meet these goals. Of particular value to LVEC are its relationships with local adult and continuing education programs as well as the community libraries of Southeastern Connecticut

 

How We Teach

For our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners, LVEC provides:

1. An up-to-date computer lab equipped with language learning software.  The lab is located in the LVEC offices at the Otis Library, in Norwich.

2. Conversation groups led by professionally trained volunteer tutors. Unlike one-on-one tutoring, conversation groups encourage learners of various backgrounds to build language skills with their fellow students through conversation and exploration of the English language. Groups are informal, interactive, and focused on the practical needs of the learners - what the learners must know to thrive in the United States. 

 

For our Basic Literacy learners, LVEC provides:
1. Provide One-on-One Tutoring  for adult English speakers to read English 

This is with specially trained volunteer tutors. These tutors go through several training sessions to learn the most effective ways to teach adult learners how to read and write in English.

 

 

Finding LVEC

 

LVEC is located in a suite of designated classrooms and offices on the second floor of Otis Library, 261 Main St., Norwich, CT.

 

Mailing address is 261 Main Street, Norwich, CT  06360

Phone: 860-886-9096

 

Visit our website at: www.englishhelpect.com

 
 

Conversation Group Registration

Conversation Groups are offered but prior registration is required.  This can be done at the Otis Library and the Literacy Offices  860-886-9096

Otis Library Hours  886-8892-2365

 

Monday    -   9 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday    -   9 a.m. –   5:00 p.m.

Wednesday   -    9  a.m.  – 7:0 p.m.

Thursday    -    9 a.m. – 2: 0 p.m.

Friday    -   9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday    -   9 a.m. – 2: 00 p.m.

Sunday  -  Closed

Walk-in visits are not being offered.. Students must submit an application and we will contact the student to find out which group in which to enroll

For the current Conversation Groups available,  contact the Literacy Office at 860-8869096 or Nancy Stuart at 886-389-6367.  You may also e-mail us at englishhelpect@gmail.com

 

GET INVOLVED

 

 Would you like to support our efforts? Choose to volunteer as a:  

 

  • Tutor: Work with one or several learners of similar ability 

  • Conversation Group Facilitator: Work on speaking skills with larger groups of learners 

 

To become a LVEC Volunteer, we ask that you:

  1. Have proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing English

  2. Be patient, flexible, and sensitive to the needs and abilities of non-English speaking and functionally illiterate adults

  3. Contact us below.  

  4. Complete our free professional tutoring training!


Learning is like rowing upstream, not to advance is to drop back. 

– Chinese Proverb

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

-Fredrick Douglass

To have another language is to possess a second soul.

– Charlemagne

“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” 
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

-Dr. Seuss

 

LVEC located at Otis Library 

261 Main St

Norwich, CT 06360, USA

CONTACT US

(860) 886-9096

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LVEC Board of Directors

 
Linda Bonnell, Secretary 
Robert D. Farwell 
Janice Knudsen

Nancy Stuart

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