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Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council
February 18, 2011

When I retired from many years of public school teaching in 2004, I started to volunteer in the ESL program for the GPLC. It has been a very rewarding experience because I was able to use the training provided to help 1 Palestinian and 5 Chinese immigrants learn to make their way in their new life. Two students have become citizens, and three more are preparing to do that. Several have obtained better jobs. I, myself, have found that I learn as much from them as they learn from me. Of course, all of us find the truths about human nature.

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GPLC has provided not only initial training, but also continued support personalized for each student, appropriate materials to use to meet the student's goals, and continued training for the tutors.

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Perhaps more publicity for the organization would help. Many people in Pittsburgh have never heard of it.

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Volunteer & Some of my students asked for help with everything from job applications to taxes to health insurance to finding doctors. More than anything, of course, I taught English and American culture. One student and her family have become close personal friends.