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My year in Alta: a student writes

Thursday, August 28, 2014

​In this week’s Reading, It’s Life column are words written by a Level Two student to her tutor and classmates, and to anyone curious to know what a year at Alta is like.

Firstly, I thank my teachers for having me in Level Two Alta in which I have learnt a lot and opened my mind. 

I know this because if I missed class I felt I missed so much work. It also felt like I lost a day’s pay.

Book 1: The first term 

I learnt that everyone has a talent. It doesn’t matter how big or small, rich or poor you are. And please, make use of it. We learnt the song My Heart Will Go On from the movie Titanic. Then we learnt suffixes, long and short sounds in vowels and syllable division. We also got cards to learn phonics and played a lot of games.

Book 2: The second term

I read about David and Goliath and the lesson I learnt was once you trust in God, don’t let any problem or obstacles get in your way. The next lesson I learnt was how to get the most from life. I learnt how to set goals, about being grateful, handling stress and being successful in what you do. We learnt how to help after an accident and about looking after children. We had some sewing tips and how it’s important to read sport news.

Book 3: The final term

I learnt some shopping tips and how to count my percentage. I learnt fire safety and household tips. That was very informative. I also learning how to handle anger, and how important it was to recycle and keep your country clean. We went on learning how to plant and budget for ourself. We had an outing. It was very nice. I like how the both classes came together and had a fun day. After that I had a lot of revision, spelling, phonics, dictation, more games and a whole lot more fun.

So to all who are reading, Alta is not only about learning to read and spelling. It is a whole lot more. It’s about teaching you about life and what ahead. What you taught me about most is that mothers don’t come in barrels. I was having problems and I was thinking the way to escape from my problems was to migrate to another country, but after reading this lesson, I don’t want to make that mistake.

So I want to say thank you for having me here at Alta. Thank you to my friends in Alta for being there when I needed your help. To you it may be small but it means a lot so I say thank you.


Alta registers people 16 and over on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of September, the start of the new academic year for free literacy classes. To register, visit your nearest public library or at the Warrenville Regional Complex on September 2 or 3 with a form of ID. Alta tutors will let you know the class options in the area and sign you up. 
Become a part of Alta. Volunteer, donate or sponsor a student. Call 624-ALTA (2582) or e-mail [email protected] or like us on Facebook: ALTA Trinidad.​


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