Literacy Volunteers at Centenary College maintains eight programs designed to offer free, full-service adult literacy instruction that meets the needs of our community's diverse population.

The Basic Literacy Program assists adults age 18 and over to improve reading, writing and communication skills through individualized one-on-one or small group tutoring. Students range from non-readers to those who read at a ninth grade level.

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program assists adults who have come to the United States from other countries, but despite often being well educated and trained in their native countries, have limited knowledge of English.

Literacy Volunteers provides facilities and instruction for “ Pre-GED” classes for students at approximately sixth grade level or higher who wish to ultimately obtain a GED Certification. Certified teachers provide instruction for these classes, and the teaching methodology relies on computer instructional software that students can access in Literacy Volunteers’ computer laboratory.

The Obtaining U. S. Citizenship is a special program that provides instruction to those individuals who wish to become U.S. citizens. Instruction is provided regarding U.S. government, history, culture, and legal responsibilities to prepare students for the United States Citizenship Examination.

The Enhanced Learning Program for adults with learning difficulties has been developed because tutors and board members have increasingly witnessed a need to help individuals who have not been able to learn through traditional Literacy Volunteers methods, and who need more structured and multi-sensory instruction. The Enhanced Learning program is a two-year course that demands significant commitment from the students.

Spoken English is a unique and successful effort that provides instruction and practice in oral communication. Many of the Spoken English students have graduated from Literacy Volunteers Basic Literacy and ESOL programs, but still desire the skills to communicate effectively through speaking and listening in order to improve their employment prospects. Students write and perform plays, read poetry aloud, create professional role-playing scenarios, and rehearse interviews to increase their self-confidence and communication skills.

Read On! programs available for adults who need help with reading. The program provides scalable reading instruction for adult learners functioning as low as 1.0 to 10.5 grade level. This program builds reading proficiency by using a proven vocabulary based approach that results in measurable gains in reading achievement among struggling readers.

Health Literacy program will provide students the ability to communicate more effectively with medical personnel, read and understand the requirements of taking prescribed medications, have a better understanding of paperwork required when entering a medical facility, acquire skills in dealing with chronic disease management, and the ability to understand the importance of diet and exercise to maintain good health.

Literacy Volunteers at Centenary College is fortunate to partner with numerous educational, governmental, and civic organizations to increase access to our programs. As our organization continues to grow, more adults are increasing their independence, their ability to participate in our community, and their ability to improve the quality of life for themselves and for their families, through better literacy skills.

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