Volume 65 | February 18, 2023

Hello, Tutors! 

Literacy DuPage is fortunate to be in the company of such compassionate and wonderful tutors. Our staff is inspired by the energy each of you gives to your student and to our organization. The impact of your service continues to provide students and their families with increased choices and opportunities that may not be possible otherwise. With your unwavering support as our dedicated volunteers, we will continue to empower adult learners through literacy.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or need help with tutoring strategies. Be well and take care.

With gratitude and hope,

Carol Garcia

Your Tutor Support Specialist


Tutor Resources

Using Photos with English Language Learners

Pictures are all around us in our everyday lives, so why not include them in tutoring sessions as well?

Pictures are one of the most obvious and common resources for teaching English as a second language. After all, as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. If we can get our students to respond to a single image with a thousand of their own words, or a hundred or ten or even one, that can be a significant step toward language production and effective word usage. 

Pictures are enjoyable, they set the scene or context, they inform us, they interest us. They provide a basis for communicative and interactive tutoring sessions. 

Why use pictures?

They form a key resource for accessing the learning style that each student has. Using pictures strongly appeals to visual learners, who may under-perform in a speaking- and listening-based tutoring setting. They also offer an opportunity for movement and a multi-dimensional perspective, which will reach kinesthetic learners.

  • Pictures are not based on level. Of course, specific pictures can be selected to access a certain area of vocabulary; however, any picture can be the basis of any kind of activity at any level.
  • Pictures add a touch of intrigue to the tutoring session and make a lesson much more dynamic, as the student’s imagination is aroused. This is especially useful with a student who finds it difficult to use their imagination. A picture provides a support for ideas, which the student can then build on more easily than inventing their own context all together.
  • Pictures also add pace to tutoring sessions. A student’s reaction to a picture is almost immediate, whereas the same reaction from a discussion or a worksheet could take much, much longer. Interest and enthusiasm are evident when a picture is introduced.

Finding pictures:


The internet is a fantastic source of pictures. This adds the bonus of being current and relatable. These are some suggested sites:

Magazines and Newspapers

These provide a constant supply of topical pictures in a wide range of styles, color, black and white, photographs, and stylized images. If using ready-made picture stories in the form of cartoon strips and comics, delete any text that appears. 

Digital Photos

Now that digital technology has become widespread and accessible, digital photos taken by either the student or the tutor provide a personalized touch and are highly customizable to the context. 


For those more artistic tutors and students, consider drawing your own pictures. 

Pocket Pictures

Last but not least, do not underestimate the power of sketches or stick people on the board or paper. They are accessible, fun, and add another dimension to the usual session! 

Don’t limit yourself to worksheets and book activities. When it comes to using pictures during tutoring, you and your student will enjoy a more dynamic time, your preparation time will decrease, and your student’s vocabulary and confidence when speaking will increase. It sounds perfect, doesn't it? Just try it!

Need More Resources?

The Literacy DuPage team has updated the Newsletter Archive on the website. You can now access all volumes of "Keeping in Touch", organized by year, so that you no longer need to sift through your email to find what you saved.

You can also find previous issues of our community newsletter, “The Spark”, which was discontinued in late 2021. Some tutor-student stories were highlighted.

In Case You Missed It

February Virtual Peer Tutor Mentoring

Join us and pose your tutoring questions, connect with your peers, and share learning experiences.

  • Wednesday, February 22 - 6:30-7:30 p.m. - On Zoom

RSVP: To participate, please e-mail Program Manager Laurie Hoffman You will receive

a confirmation of your reservation, and the Zoom link will be sent prior to the session.

We are excited to announce that Literacy DuPage is the feature display this month at Roselle Public Library!

Follow us on Instagram and check out our Instagram post here!

Thanks to Indian Prairie Public Library, Literacy DuPage participated in their Volunteer Fair on Saturday, January 28th. There was a great turnout.

Head over to Facebook, give Literacy DuPage a "like", and check out our post here!

New Additions to the Literacy DuPage Website

We have added training videos and new lesson packets to our Tutor Resources page.

You now have access to:

Community Resources

211 DuPage County provides social services and health resources to the community.

Visit their website for more information.

workNet DuPage is excited to announce a new offering: free resume reviews 12 times a year on the final Monday of each month.

Find more information at Walk-In Resume Reviews - workNet DuPage Career Center

Access DuPage is offering a free, six-week program in Carol Stream to help you improve health and learn about diabetes. This workshop is conducted in Spanish.

Check out the program flyer!

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet drive through, contact-free food distribution in partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank:

2/27 at St. Joan of Arc

820 Division Street, Lisle

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Mary’s Closet at St. Petronille in Glen Ellyn is restocked with donations of winter coats, hats, gloves, boots, and clothing for children newborn to size 14/16.

Don't forget that Literacy DuPage has an extensive list of community resources on the website!

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