Adult Basic Education (ABE)
We provide one-on-one tutoring services for adults through our Literacy Volunteers Program. We help adults improve their basic reading and writing skills so they can enhance their lives and achieve their personal goals.
Each incoming learner is first given a brief skills assessment and then matched with a trained LV tutor. The learner and the tutor decide where, when, and how often they will meet. They commit to meeting for at least one hour once a week, but may agree on longer or more frequent sessions. Tutoring sessions are usually held in libraries or other community facilities.
The adult learner and the tutor set learning goals based on the needs and preferences of the learner. A learner may be focused on obtaining a driver’s license or filling out a job application or may simply want to improve his or her general reading and writing skills. The tutor will prepare a lesson plan for each session based on the learner’s goals, current skill level, and strategies learned from tutor training sessions.
At times, a volunteer tutor may lead small group sessions for adult learners who may want to meet together. For example, adults with developmental disabilities who are engaged in the same program or employees from one business may want to participate in tutoring as a group.
Adult learners come to TCL with diverse levels of literacy knowledge and experience. They also come with a variety of goals in mind:
- filling out a checkbook
- helping a child with homework
- reading directions for medications
- going back to school
- applying for a job
- understanding road signs and mail flyers
- enjoying books and magazines
We strive to meet each learner where he or she is and build toward success.
English Language Learning (ELL)
Tutoring services are available for immigrants and refugees who want to improve their English literacy skills. Just as with our adult learners, we first give a brief skills assessment to an incoming English language learner and then match the learner with a trained Literacy Volunteer tutor. The learner and the tutor decide where, when, and how often they will meet. They commit to meeting for at least one hour once a week, but may agree on longer or more frequent sessions. Sessions are usually held in libraries or other community facilities.
The learner and the tutor set learning goals based on the needs and preferences of the learner. These goals can include improving speaking and conversational English, as well as, reading and writing skills. They may also include improving familiarity and comfort with such daily activities as shopping, taking public transportation, speaking with customers, paying bills, or communicating with a child’s school. A learner may also have a very specific goal such as applying for citizenship or preparing to take a college course.
English language learners come to TCL with diverse levels of literacy acquisition in their first languages, and possibly in other languages as well. Our LV tutors will develop lessons plans that build upon the existing skills and literacy proficiency of the learners to help them successfully meet their goals.
Reading for Better Business (RBB)
Reading for a Better Business is an outreach project that informs local employers about Tri-County Literacy’s LV tutoring services for adults. Employers are often in the position to notice when an employee is struggling to complete work or tasks. Sometimes inadequate literacy skills can be the reason behind low performance. RBB shows employers how they can support their employees to get individualized tutoring in our Literacy Volunteers Adult Basic Education Program. Employees who improve their literacy skills are more likely to do their jobs more successfully and feel better about themselves as productive workers.
We have Literacy Volunteers tutors trained to work with both English language learners and adults in need of basic education instruction. Each individual who comes to TCL for services is welcomed to the organization, given a brief assessment to determine a starting point, and then matched with an appropriate tutor. Please read the Adult Basic Education description for more details about our LV program.