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Tutoring Materials at the LCFC Office

Tutors, please feel free to come in and browse our resource collection in person, or search online for materials that may be of use in your tutoring.

To search our literacy library collection online click here, then click on Literacy Council of Frederick County, and then type a key word (such as phonics, grammar, math, conversation) into the Find box.

Once you have identified the items you want, just call the office at 301-600-2066, or send us an email, and the staff can have your selections ready for you to pick up at your convenience. You can also ask the office staff to send your books to another Frederick County branch library by courier for pickup closer to your home.

If there is something we don’t have that you’d like to use with your student, please let us know! We will be happy to order it.

The list beolw includes some of the more popular tutoring materials we have on hand, but there are many other items not listed here.

ESL Series

Laubach Way to English – suitable for use with the lowest level ESL students, it teaches conversation skills, reading and writing, is phonics-based and correlates with Laubach Way to Reading.

English No Problem! – a theme-based problem-posing approach teaching English for home, school, work and community.

Life Prints – teaches English in the context of life experiences.

Weaving It Together – an integrated approach to speaking, reading, and writing English.

Ingles Ya! - a low level, high interest series with workbooks, Teacher's manual, DVD's and CD's that provides English language instruction with Spanish bilingual support.

Basic Reading and Writing Series

Laubach Way to Reading – a phonics-based, multi-sensory approach suitable for adults with very limited or no reading skills, or students who have had negative results with other methods.

Challenger – uses phonics, a controlled vocabulary and sequential skill development to take learners from beginning reading levels up to GED preparation. It includes fiction and nonfiction selections. It can also be used with some ESL students.

Voyager – a contemporary theme-based approach using phonics and word recognition strategies and writing process instruction building on students’ experiences. It can also be used with some ESL students.

Endeavor – this series begins at 3rd grade level and is an integrated reading and writing approach based on relevant life-skills themes.

Supplementary Books

Focus On Phonics – this series of 4 books can be used alone or with any of the core series to help students build a solid foundation in phonics skills.

Patterns in Spelling – this series of 4 books is designed for low-level readers and uses a systematic method to teach spelling by concentrating on the patterns regularly found in English words.

Talk of the Block – each of the 4 books focuses on a theme of family, home, shopping, or health. Low to high-beginning reading level.

Stories Plus and Easy Stories Plus – a collection of entertaining short stories to encourage reading fluency and build basic language skills. Low to high-beginning level.

Health Stories – strengthens students’ understanding of common health issues.

Oxford Picture Dictionary – for use with ESL students to teach vocabulary.

New Readers Press Dictionary – user friendly and written at a low level. Teaches dictionary use and helps expand vocabulary.

Breakthrough to Math – a series teaching skills from “understanding whole numbers” through Algebra and Geometry. There are also other math books available.

News For You –a weekly newspaper with up to date articles and crossword puzzle for use with 3rd grade level plus. Excellent supplementary teaching tool.

Mid America Books - New, beautifully illustrated short books with specific topics. Includes biographies of First Ladies, Famous Americans, Countries of the World, States of the U.S., Elementary Science, Human Body and many more.

Workplace books – we have many workplace related books such as On-the-Job English, Key Vocabulary for a Safe Workplace, Conversations for Work, At Work in the U. S., and books about getting a job.

Books on these and other topics:
Money management and banking
Filling out forms
Life skills
Cars, driving, and getting a driver’s license
Maps and Geography
Religious reading materials
Many low-level fiction books, both simplified classics and contemporary

Audio Tapes, CDs and DVDs

Ingles Ya! – a low level, high interest DVD series that provides English language instruction with Spanish bilingual support.

English No Problem! CD – listening passages, activities and pronunciation correlated to the Student Book.

LifePrints Audiotapes – uses authentic language and provides realistic models for conversation and listening practice.

Reference Books for Tutors

Teaching Adults: A Literacy Resource Book and Teaching Adults: An ESL Resource Book – easy-to-use activities to help the tutor to adapt instruction for the needs of their student

Litstart – provides framework, guidance and strategies to teach lessons that focus on a student’s goals and learning styles.

Taking the Mystique Out of Learning Disabilities – helps tutors meet the needs of students with learning disabilities.

Again, these are just a few of the reference books we have available. For more, please browse the shelves on the back wall of the office, or search our online listings, as described above.