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Hectic training time
for Alta tutors
is one of the
times of the year.
Up to 100 pro-
tutors are trained
annually over a
to effectively and
the Alta program
to adults in Trinidad.
Volunteers who are trained would have attended
a screening interview at Alta between October
2016 and February 2017 and completed an oblig-
atory observation period at an Alta class to get a
feel of the classroom.
The course, which is intensive and fast-paced,
receives excellent reviews every year. The vol-
unteer tutors who are successful at the training
course will begin teaching in September.
Training prepares volunteers to deliver the cur-
riculum designed by Alta, and introduces them
to new concepts about the process of reading for
anyone whose aptitude is lower than the average.
At Alta, we describe the course as "intensive,"
because the topics and course content covered in
six days, can easily be turned into a year-long or
three-month semester course. But we are aware
that volunteer (and free) time is a scarce and lim-
The cost of this training is met by the service, in
time, which volunteers have agreed to give to Alta.
The fact that training is free for volunteers who
have agreed to teach does not mean there is no
cost to be trained.
Alta ensures this is made very clear to all vol-
unteers before they agree to participate.
Training is a whole day process and brings to-
gether some of the most experienced tutors in
adult literacy in T&T.
Their knowledge in Alta's structured, sequential
approach developed for teaching dyslexics and
the learner-centered approach of adult literacy, is
modelled through individual and group activities.
As part of our philosophy to engage student
interest and use material relevant to the student's
life, trainers give volunteers first-hand experience
of becoming students before they become tutors.
The best tutors are learners at heart.
In Alta, volunteers come from all walks of life,
with different personalities and convictions. Some
will master the teaching methods modelled by
trainers on their first try, but for others it may
take a couple tries.
Training is the best opportunity to make mis-
takes, learn from others and ask questions, so we
encourage our prospective volunteer tutors to take
advantage of the time among their peers to expose
It is something we also tell students, because the
message to "not fail" is sometimes conditioned
into crippling, irrational fear.
During the upcoming academic year, many
tutors will discover that fear finds its way to the
Alta classroom door, but it only takes hold if tutors
and students invite it in.
We haven't yet met an Alta tutor who didn't
feel fulfilled both after the training course and a
year of teaching in the Alta classroom.
If you would like to volunteer with Alta in any
other capacity feel free to call Alta at 624-2582.
To become a volunteer tutor, the next cycle opens
in October 2017, be sure to contact Alta today.
Volunteer, Donate or Sponsor-a-student. Call 624-
2582 or email Altapos.firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Keep up to date with Alta on Facebook, Twitter
and Instagram: Alta TT
Aretha blasts Dionne Warwick
but she declines to fire back
The Queen of Soul is coming out
swinging against fellow legend Dionne
Warwick, accusing her of making up a
story that she was Whitney Houston's
godmother, even though the alleged of-
fence happened five years ago at Hou-
"She blatantly lied on me ... fully well know-
ing what she was doing," Aretha Franklin said
in a phone interview.
Franklin called The Associated Press on
Tuesday, after sending a lengthy fax the day
before, to address what she claimed was a
"libelous" statement against her made five
years ago at Houston's funeral. At the time,
Warwick told funeral-goers that Franklin was
there and introduced her, but then realised she
wasn't in attendance.
"'Ree's not here, but she is here,'" Warwick
said, referring to Franklin by a nickname. "She
loves Whitney as if she were born to her. She
is her godmother."
At the time, Franklin said she was suffering
from swollen feet and had to skip the funeral
so she could perform later that night at Radio
City Music Hall in New York, which she said
she was contractually obligated to do.
Though Cissy Houston, Whitney Hou-
ston's mother, said in the days afterward that
Franklin wasn't Houston's godmother (it was
Darlene Love), Franklin felt the comment was
damaging to her and planned to address it at
a later date.
"There's been so much going on around
her (Houston), around the service, around
the drugs, around her and Bobby (Brown)
supposed to be fighting, I didn't want to add
anything to that and I didn't want to be a part
of that," she said.
Five years later, Franklin feels that time is
While the story that Houston was Frank-
lin's goddaughter has been part of her story for
decades, Franklin said she first met Houston
when Houston was a child---and she was far
too busy to be anyone's godmother.
Franklin saw Warwick last week at the
Tribeca Film Festival's premiere of mentor
Clive Davis' documentary, Clive Davis: The
Soundtrack of Our Lives, and she also per-
formed. Franklin said Warwick tried to talk
to her backstage.
"She said, 'Give me a hug.' I said, 'Oh hell
no. You couldn't be serious,'" Franklin said.
When asked if she wanted an apology from
Warwick, she said: "I don't care about her
apology, at this point it isn't about an apolo-
gy, it's about libel."
She added: "We've never been friends and
I don't think that Dionne has ever liked me."
Franklin once covered Warwick's hit Walk on
By, and, more famously, I Say A Little Prayer.
When asked for comment, Warwick's rep-
resentative Angelo Ellerbee said: "She will not
dignify a response to the statement made by
Aretha Franklin." (AP)
There's some beef between soul legends
Dionne Warwick, left, and Aretha Franklin.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
In the Estate of
No. 56 Crossbay Drive
Teacher and Widow,
NOTICE is hereby given
that creditors and other
persons having claims
against, or an interest in
the Estate of the above-
named deceased should
give notice in writing to
MESSRS. J.D.SELLIER +
CO., 129/131, Abercrom-
by Street, Port-of-Spain,
Trinidad, who are Attor-
neys-at-Law for DAVE AS-
TON PROTAIN and TESSA
STOLLMEYER the Legal
of the estate of the above-
named deceased and the
persons to whom a Grant
of Probate was issued by
the High Court of Justice
not later than the 8th day
of June, 2017 after which
date the said DAVE AS-
TON PROTAIN and TESSA
STOLLMEYER, the Legal
of the said deceased, in-
tend to distribute the Estate
of the deceased among the
parties entitled thereto
having regard only to the
claims of which notice has
been received by the said
MESSRS. J.D.SELLIER +
Dated this 27th day of April,
J.D. Sellier + Co.
DAVE ASTON PROTAIN
and TESSA STOLLMEY-
ER to whom a Grant of
Probate of the estate
of the above-named
deceased was issued by
the High Court of Justice.
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