Our Tutors Make a Difference!
This is a picture of my tutor, Bob, and I studying at the Northville Library.   I am from Colombia, a college graduate and working here as an au pair to improve my English.  My goals are to become proficient in English, eventually earn an MBA and to have a professional career.  At our Monday morning sessions we worked on my preparation for the TOEFL, pronunciation, and grammar with an emphasis on the language of business.  I really appreciate the tutoring I received through the Community Literacy program.  It has definitely given me more confidence in speaking 
and writing English, which will help me to reach my goals.  Thank you very much!  
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My name is Junko.  I have been taking ESL lessons for 1-1/2 years.  I learned about American culture 
and American holidays.  I improved my conversation skills and shopping knowledge.  Sometimes I asked my tutor to explain my son's school programs.  I was in a car accident.  My tutor phoned the insurance company about the  collision.  My tutor took me strawberry picking.  My tutor introduced me to a Chinese friend who is now in Japan as a missionary. I learned how to write good sentences.  I learned grammar and how to read stories and increased my vocabulary.  Traudy is the best teacher.  I was comfortable having tutoring sessions with her because she helped me correct my mistakes immediately.   The Community Literacy Council’s ESL tutor program is a good program.  My tutor and I have become good friends.
- Junko


I am so happy to tell you that my work with my tutor, Chris, paid off.  I finally achieved my goal and I have passed my TOEFL exam.  Now I have my license to be an intern pharmacist here is the U.S., and soon I will be a registered pharmacist after the completion of my training hours at a pharmacy or hospital.  

Chris helped me so much.  He worked with me twice a week for two years.  Some weeks he spent more than four hours a week with me.  We worked so hard.  He supported and encouraged me when I thought it was impossible to pass this exam with such high scores.  I want to say THANK YOU to this amazing and supportive person.  This man changed my life and my family's lives forever.

Moreover, I want to say thank you to all the people who organize and coordinate this program.  This program really changes people's lives.  Please continue offering this valuable service.

Finally, I want to end with a quote by Nelson Mandela: "A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination.  But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - Waleed


I have a good news, I passed my IELTS test  with 7.0, 9.0 is the maximum. Now I'm able to apply for my masters degree at universities and continue my journey. I'm so glad and thankful because you, Gene and Gil were so helpful and easy to work with.

Gene is an incredible tutor. I have no words to express how thankful I am. I'm sad because I just met incredible people like you, but at the same time I am happy because I'm going to see my family again! This program is an example of dedication, love, and helpfulness in this life!

Thank you so much, I won't ever forget you!

Greetings,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       - Lorena ❤



I passed my IELTS. My speaking was 7.5. I want to thank you for your program. It helps me to move to the next level of my dream to work as a registered nurse in Michigan. In addition to talking in English, my self-esteem is back to normal. I have self-confidence again. My tutor helped me improve all my scores. It is cool.

Thank you,