How We Study
Literacy Services, formerly Adult Learning Program, provides a friendly, supportive atmosphere in which every learner’s needs and goals are valued. Learners receive one-to-one tutoring, set to their own pace. All services are confidential and free.
When we study:
A learner and tutor meet at least twice a week for 1 ½ hours each session and set their own schedule. Tutoring can be scheduled daytime or evening, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We believe that:
- We all learn from each other.
- Learners and tutors are learning partners.
- Learning is fun and exciting.
- Learners and tutors have individual learning styles and goals.
- Each tutor and learner has a unique life history.
- How something is taught is as important as what is taught
Every learner in the program:
- Works on specific literacy goals, such as learning the alphabet, reading a book or learning to complete a job application.
- Reads and writes at every session.
- Starts with beginning skills and builds to more complex ones, filling in holes in previous learning.
- Reads printed materials, handwritten materials and information on a computer screen.
- Writes using pencil, pen and the computer keyboard.
Every tutoring session includes:
- Structured, step-by-step instruction in basic skills such as phonics, sight words, handwriting, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, vocabulary, and comprehension.
- Attention to a learner’s individual literacy needs and goals, such as filling out job applications, writing personal letters, or reading books to a child.
In addition to one-to-one tutoring, some learners study in small groups toward special goals, such as creative writing, computer skills, or registering to vote.