Thousands of people in the Bangor area have difficulty with basic, everyday literacy activities. Literacy Volunteers of Bangor’s Adult and Family Literacy program offers personal tutors to those who want to improve their lives through better literacy. We are dedicated to helping any Bangor area adult who wants either to work on basic English skills or to learn English as another language. Our student-centered methods reduce barriers and get results.
A native of Cameroon, in central Africa, Elodie could not speak or understand English when she arrived in Bangor. She lived in an apartment with her husband and preschool daughter and was isolated from the English speaking world. Elodie’s husband reached out to Literacy Volunteers of Bangor on her behalf. Soon after, Elodie was matched with tutor Kristen.
Elodie & Kristen were instantly compatible. Still, their English conversation was strained due to Elodie’s limited English skills. So, they started simply, naming and labeling the items in Elodie’s apartment. They pored over sales flyers, made grocery lists, went shopping, and completed paperwork. One day, Kristen realized that the conversation was flowing naturally.
With Elodie’s improved English skills, she is better able to support her family and gain back some independence. “My husband no longer talks for me. I talk for myself,” she states proudly.