Students

Five Steps to Becoming a Student

Take action and get started today.

Pick up the phone and give us a call.   Once you’ve taken that first – and sometimes scary step – here’s what will happen:

Step 1: Call or visit the Literacy Council >>

Step 2: Schedule an appointment >>

Step 3: Complete assessment testing >>

Step 4: Be matched with a tutor >>

Step 5: Attend tutoring sessions >>

 

Step 1:   Call or visit the Literacy Council.

Our telephone number is 828-254-3442.

Our location is at 31 College Place, Suite B-221, Asheville, NC.   We’re in the Asheville Office Park near Beaucatcher Tunnel and on the bus route.

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When you call:

  • Identify yourself.
  • Explain that you are interested in becoming a student in either the Adult Education Program or the ESOL Program.
  • Ask to speak to the Program Coordinator for more information.
  • Be prepared to give your name and how we can contact you, such as a telephone number.

We have staff members who speak Spanish and Russian available to help you.

 

Step 2:   Schedule an appointment.

Adult Education Students

ESOL Students

  • The Adult Ed Coordinator will schedule you for an Intake Meeting.   The meeting will last 60-90 minutes and is completely private and confidential.
  • The Adult Ed Coordinator will gather information about your background (family, medical, and educational history), your learning goals, your preferences as to tutoring schedule, location, and instructor style.
  • You will then participate in a battery of skills testing.
  • The ESOL Coordinator will schedule you to attend a one hour Orientation Session.
  • The ESOL Coordinator will explain the program and you will complete a Student Registration form.
  • If space is available, you may be invited to join a small group class of up to ten people who speak English at the same level as you.
  • Or you can choose to be placed on a waiting list for a private tutor.
  • You will also be introduced to the Nancy S. Crosby Computer Center.   This lab offers many different ESOL online programs and can help you quickly advance your English skills.   You are welcomed and encouraged to use the lab as often as you like.

 

Step 3:   Complete assessment testing.

Adult Education Students

ESOL Students

  • At your Intake Meeting, the Adult Ed Coordinator will administer several tests designed to help us assess your reading skill level, design a reading program just for you, and match you with a tutor.
  • The tests include auditory (how well you hear individual sounds in spoken English), reading, spelling, writing, and life skills abilities.
  • You will be asked to complete a Student Agreement form which outlines your commitments and responsibilities as a student.
  • If you choose in home tutoring, you will be asked to complete the Home Study Disclaimer form.
  • The ESOL Coordinator will schedule you to for testing to determine your English level and match you with a tutor or small group class.
  • The tests take about 1 ½ hours to complete and include an assessment of reading, writing, and English speaking ability.
  • You will be asked to complete a Student Agreement form which outlines your commitments and responsibilities as a student.
  • If you choose in home tutoring, you will be asked to complete the Home Study Disclaimer form.

 

Step 4:   Be matched with a tutor.

Adult Education Students

ESOL Students

  • The Adult Ed Coordinator will assign you to a personal tutor.   This can take anywhere from one to six weeks.
  • The Adult Ed Coordinator will call you and arrange for the first meeting.   You and your tutor will agree on the time and place.
  • You will work with your tutor to set goals for your personal reading program.
  • The ESOL Coordinator will assign you to either a small group class or a personal tutor, depending on your preference.   We have a waiting list for ESOL tutors, and it can take several weeks or months to get a tutor assignment.
  • The ESOL Coordinator will call you and arrange for the first meeting.   You and your tutor will agree on the time and place.
  • You will work with your tutor to set goals for your personal ESOL learning program.

 

Step 5:   Attend tutoring sessions.

Now you’re a student and on your way to achieving your reading, writing, and English language goals.

You will meet with your tutor for two hours per week.   Your tutor will test you annually to measure your progress and will consult with the Program Coordinator to plan changes to your learning program to ensure your continual advancement.

We also hope you will share your stories with us.   How did you learn about the Literacy Council?   Why did you decide to become a student?   How has the Adult Education or ESOL Program changed your life?   Your stories can give others the courage they need to take that first step and become a student.   Just by sharing your story – even anonymously – you help others attain the gift of reading.

Congratulations!   You are now on your way to being a Reader!

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