Materials housed in the VITAL Resource area - includes reference and circulating materials
- Books with audio recordings:
- Composition and grammar:
- English pronunciation:
- High interest materials with low level vocabulary:
- Life Skills: - (How to deal with everyday situations)
- Recent additions to the VITAL Collection:
Resource materials used in VITAL Tutor Training.
- I Speak English: A Tutor's Guide to Teaching Conversational English
- Tutor a Collaborative Approach to Literacy Instruction
- Teaching Adults: An ESL Resource Book
Online sources for lesson planning, educational strategies and techniques for tutoring:
Adult Learning Activities: California Distance Learning Project offers reading and life skills study. Subjects include family, working, school, money and more. Online study includes text with available audio, along with vocabulary and comprehension exercises. Directed study for learners.
The Center for Adult English Language Acquisition: ESL and family literacy resources; FAQ's, first-day orientation guide, lesson plans, research-to-practice papers on English language and literacy learning.
English Maven: Language Arts for K - 12, GED, and ESL learners; variety of study and practice activities for phonics, spelling, grammar, also has citizenship study materials.
Khan Academy: Video presentations on wide variety of subjects, from introductory to advanced levels.
Literacy Volunteer Connection: Advice, tutoring tips, methodolgies, experienced tutor's stories
ProLiteracy Education Network: Online reading, writing, and math prep, lesson plans, activities, tutoring strategies, and techniques for tutors.
Discovery Education: Teacher and student tools for K-12, subjects include english, health, math, science, social studies, and health. Also make your own word search, crosswords and puzzles.
Thinkfinity: Teaching materials for a wide variety of subjects at any level: Lesson plans, teaching techniques, interactive materials, online tutor training, and more
Webquests: Web based activities for learners, activities, evaluation, and links for teachers
Online sources for self-directed learning:
Mango: Language learning program offering instruction in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, and many more languages! Free with your Monroe County Public Library card. Registaration required.
WIN Career Readiness Courseware: Coursework in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, Reading for Information, Applied Technology, Listening, Observation, Teamwork, Writing, Business Writing, Work Habits and Contextual Models. Registation available through VITAL Staff, also available through WorkOne.
ELLIS: English language learning program offering 4 levels of interactive language instruction. Registation available through VITAL Staff, also available through Broadview Learning Center.
ITTS and GED: Instruction in reading, language, mathematics, science, social studies, and GED preparation. Registation available through VITAL Staff, also available through Broadview Learning Center.
For more information about VITAL call (812) 349-3173, email vital [at] mcpl [dot] info or visit the VITAL office on the second floor of the Main Library.
Tutoring Report [PDF] (Required twice a year) For documenting your volunteer hours and your learner's activities and outcomes.
Inventory and Bader Assessment Report [PDF] To record your learner's inventory, needs, and Bader Assessment results. (Not required. Fill out and submit to VITAL as needed.)