Teach an Adult to Read

Aug 30, 2010 08:41:06 AM

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Kalamazoo, MI –

Tutors wanted! The Kalamazoo Literacy Council is seeking patient, caring adults willing to help another adult learn to read and write. Tutors work with just one adult learner two hours a week, for a minimum commitment of one year, at a time and place convenient for both tutor and learner. Tutors often find they gain as much from sessions as learners. The Literacy Council currently supports 75 active tutor-learner pairs, but more than 20 prospective students need tutors.

The Literacy Council trains tutors in the internationally recognized Laubach Way to Reading, designed specifically for volunteers working with adults. The method allows learners to work at their own pace, with tutoring customized to their own needs, to develop basic reading and writing skills. The next training session will be held September 11 and 18, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, for a total of 12 hours.

Sadly, 13% of Kalamazoo County adults (approximately 31,000) cannot read well enough to share a bedtime story with a child or understand memos from school. Adult learners seeking help from the Literacy Council range from 18 years to senior citizens. Many are motivated by a desire to read to their children or grandchildren, or to help them with their homework. Other learners want to read the Bible or earn a GED.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer tutor, please contact Andrea Enyedi, Literacy Office, Kalamazoo Public Library, 553-7885.

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