Whom Do We Serve
The Literacy Council works with adults who want to learn to read, to speak English, to improve reading comprehension, or to develop basic writing skills.
Adult Education Students
The Adult Education program targets students who read at or below a basic skills level, generally classified as Levels 1 and 2 – the lowest of four levels described by the U.S. Department of Education National Assessment of Adult Literacy. This means they cannot read basic signs or maps, complete simple forms, or carry out many of the tasks required of an adult in our society.
Our Adult Ed students are a diverse group. Some dropped out of school and need better reading skills before they can enroll in a GED program. Others are already in a GED class, but need the help of a tutor. Others have a high school diploma, but never learned how to read. Some are displaced workers having a hard time finding another job. Some want to improve their on-the-job performance. Others want to help their children in school. Many have learning disabilities that were never acknowledged and left them entering adulthood as non-readers.
If you, or someone you know, are one of the adults described above, then the Literacy Council is here to serve you.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Students
The ESOL program targets adults who have immigrated to the U.S. from around the world and want to learn the English language to converse, read, and write.
Our ESOL students are also a diverse group. They span a wide range of ethnic, national and socio-economic backgrounds. Some come to us with advanced university credentials and professional career backgrounds. Others come with no formal education at all. They have often had to overcome numerous obstacles, and all have taken the bold step to improve their language skills despite leading busy, challenging, and complex lives.
Every ESOL student aspires to learn English and offer their best to their new homeland.
Our 300+ students prove there is help for non-readers.
… Alice learned to read at age 74.
…Bill proved the “experts” wrong – he learned to read and holds a job.
…Maria wants to renew her nursing certificate.
…Jose owns his own business and is sending his three children to college.
…Luz now teaches ESOL classes and opened a day care center.
…Many students plan to enter a GED prep program.
…Nearly 60 students have earned their U.S. citizenship.