We provide free literacy instruction to adults who live or work in Union County. Our staff and trained volunteers teach small groups and provide one-on-one tutoring.
Instruction relies on standardized curriculum and supplemental lessons that use real-life materials such as job ads, job descriptions, work procedural guides, newspapers, employee policy manuals, prescription labels, safety and other community information brochures. Students gain specific competencies that improve their overall work/like skill sets.
Who are adult literacy learners?
The diverse groups of people who need stronger literacy skills in the US include:
middle-aged and older U.S.-born, high school graduates who can no longer keep up with the reading, writing, and technology demands of their jobs.
under-prepared students in colleges
adolescents and adults who dropped out of school. The reasons are as varied as the number of people in this group: medical reasons, learning barriers, among them.
adults of all ages who have disabilities that were not fully accommodated in school.
highly educated immigrants who are literate in their native language but need to read and write in English
recent immigrants who have little education in their native language
Literacy Instruction Methods offered
Small Group Instruction (one tutor teaching 2-5 students) allows for peer-to-peer assistance, builds teamwork/collaboration, hones speaking/listening skills and improves reading comprehension. Research shows, small group instruction is very effective in adult education.
One-on-One Tutoring One-on-One Tutoring augments the primary instruction received in group classes. One-on-one tutors are made available to students upon request. Tutors are available for both ABE (Adult Basic Education) and ELL (English Language Learners) students. Trained volunteer tutors meet with their students at a time and place convenient for both tutor and student.
Self-Paced Study in a Computer Lab An array of cloud based literacy software options are available to all students. A 12-station computer lab give students access to online learning resources including: The Alphabet, Ultimate Phonics, Rosetta Stone, Reading Horizons, and more. Regular self-paced computer use reinforces and expands learning. Qualifying students can receive distance learning instruction.
Life Skills Workshops Life skill workshops for students are arranged ad hoc through-out the year, Lesson plans are built around a variety of personal skills and civics topics including financial literacy, emergency preparedness, employment, health education and healthy living, US History and parenting skills.
Customized Programs including work-site instruction and distance learning Call us about your specific needs. We can design programs for your employees that address your needs: workplace vocabulary, soft skills training, etc.