Arriving recently in T&T, I began to see some curious cases. One day a father came in with his two-year-old son, who appeared quite normal, strong and active.
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“Alta creates real opportunities for us to learn and grow. I came to Alta believing that I only needed help with spelling and pronunciation. However, after a very short time in the programme, I realised there were many other areas in which I needed help. I learnt there is much more to understanding Standard English.
“Prior to attending Alta, I knew very little about phonics. Through the trained tutors at Alta, I was taught Phonics, Grammar, Spelling Strategies and understanding the difference between Creole and Standard English. I also learnt the difference between American spelling and English spelling.
“Alta provides support material for lessons that are instrumental for learning. From this material, I have learnt structured writing, formal letter writing, understanding and writing dialogue.
“Similarly, this material provided information on a lot of informative topics, such as: the benefits of national insurance, electrical safety, buying a home, business loans, reading a floor plan, dyslexia and cancer prevention.
“Since Alta, my life has improved overall. My ability to spell and comprehend is much better than before Alta. Furthermore, Alta has helped my self-esteem blossom. My self-confidence was boosted and my communication skills. I now make better contributions in discussions”
These are the words of Level 3 Alta student, Lisa who speaks about her experience with the literacy programme.
If you know someone over the age of 16 who needs to improve their reading, writing or spelling, Alta welcomes students to free classes around the country for the rest of the month.
While classes began at the start of the 2017/2018 academic year, most classes can still accommodate people who need to improve their literacy skills.
People who are interested can simply walk into any Alta class with a form of ID and indicate interest. For information on class venues call 624-2582.
While most people are hesitant to come to Alta for various reasons, the Alta classroom is a very welcoming space and the programme is designed with adult learners in mind.
Tutors are trained to work with students at differing levels of literacy as well as students who may be dyslexic.
Alta also has a Spelling Programme and a Reading Circle programme for people who want to focus on improving their spelling, or who need extra assistance with the development of their reading skills. Alta students are able to take advantage of these programmes and also benefit from the wealth of resources at Alta.
All material used in the literacy programme is produced by Alta, ensuring that lessons and exercises are interesting and relevant to the lives of adult learners. ALTA classes are also accessible as most are held in churches, schools or community centres.
If you know someone who can benefit from the literacy, spelling or reading programme encourage them to give Alta a call today!
Alta students go on to do CSEC examinations, gain permanent employment and are able to confidently and independently navigate the world.
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