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Vincent Valentine joined Alta in Sep-
tember 2010 at the Assumption RC
Church Parish Hall beginning as a
Level One student. From the start he
was totally fired up with the prospect
of learning. He lights up when he
understands how to apply a rule,
exclaiming, "I get it, Miss!"
His positive attitude, regular atten-
dance and consistent effort ensured that
he moved up to Level 2 after the first
year, then to Level Three after the second
year. As he enters a second year at Level
Three, his enthusiasm shows no sign of
The Trinity Broadcasting interview
below that Vincent did at the end of his
first year at Alta captures the joy that
learning to read can bring.
TB: Vincent, tell us your story
Vincent: Well I join Alta course last
year through Miss Romany. She is an
Alta teacher from Maraval, and she told
me about Alta. I'm very happy to be
here this morning. I learn plenty from
the Alta, like reading, spelling, writing,
even the phonics. Alta teach phonics to
pronounce a word. If you see letter t'
you say /t/, for p you say /p/. The
basics---I learn that from Alta and today
I could read and write and spell.
And how old are you?
And you joined the Alta course just
a year ago?
Just one year.
Well let s go back a little bit. At what
stage did you leave school?
I used to live in South, and I leave
school at Form One. And I come to Mar-
aval and I really never get myself back
So all this time, from the time you
left Form One to a year ago, you
couldn t read or write at all?
Not even a couple of words or any-
Well I knew a lil, one or two.
What did you do after you left Form
1? What kind of work were you doing?
Well, I come and do agriculture, gar-
dening, planting in Maraval. And now
I doing my li'l ice cream business, home
made ice cream in Maraval.
I m thinking of what the frustration
Well, it was a li'l pressure. Sometimes
you get a form to fill out and you cannot
full it out and you have to leave with
the form to go home to get help. But as
I going through the Alta school, I could
fill out a form now on my own. Once
when I passing in a taxi, I watch a word
and remember what I learn in the phon-
ics and I could pronounce the word.
Like Pen-ta, you could break it down
I actually know how to read
into syllables. Thanks to Alta again
for helping me. I'm still going
through it. I'm looking for... like
passes. I'm not giving up. And I
would like to say that those who
need help in reading and writing
and spelling, you could go to the
Alta and register. Don't be ashamed,
there's nothing to be ashamed of.
That's why I'm here this morning
to show how much I learn from
Tell us about the first day that
you went to Alta.
Well, the first day I went to Alta
I was nervous. Miss Romany from
Maraval, an Alta teacher, she took
me upstairs by myself and she give
me a rundown on some words and
she notice that I know some and
I do not know some. She put me
in Level One which is my teacher
here Marlene, and she's a very good
teacher. She teach very good you
know and she teach you how to
use the VC/CV rule to break down
words into syllables. This is the
cards we use in class. (Shows phon-
ics and sight word cards.) These
with words---the sight words ---you
watch the word on the card and
read the word.
So is there anything we need to
add to this that might be helpful
Well yes. I always tell anybody
interested in the Alta to come and
join. All those who don't have a lil
education who want to learn to
read and write, I'll still give them
the number to call or you could go
down to library to register on the
first Tuesday and Wednesday in
September and don't be ashamed
cause it's nothing to be ashamed
of. It's for you and for you to learn
and you could help your children
also. You can see here that in one
year (shows Alta certificate) I get a
certificate in one year which is to
show that I improve with the Alta
get to be a teacher or something.
Are you able to pick up a news-
I buying newspapers every day,
morning and evening even self you
can't read it. I don't rush the read-
ing. I take my time and say it out
and I actually know it, how to read.
I mightn't be at the highest point,
but I will get there. And I going for
more of this (shows certificate) and
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