Adult Literacy

Adult Literacy

The Adult Literacy program teaches reading, writing, spelling, and math to adults who read at or below a basic skills level. This program serves approximately 50 students per year. Students come to Literacy Together because they want to improve job prospects, help their children in school, enroll in a High School Equivalency Program, and better navigate the world around them.

Although English is their native language, Adult Literacy students struggle with recognizing individual sounds, written words, and comprehending a sentence or longer passage.  They comprise a diverse group in terms of educational background, socioeconomic status, personal goals, and learning styles. Many are challenged by learning differences such as dyslexia. All Adult Literacy students courageously take the step to give reading another chance. Sign up to volunteer with this program.

Read these Adult Literacy Program success stories

This video portrays Daniel and Ed. Daniel is an AL student, and Ed is his tutor. Enjoy it!


Instructional Tools

Literacy Together first assesses students to determine their reading level, learning barriers, and personal goals.  Then, students are matched one-on-one and in small groups with trained volunteer tutors who provide highly individualized instruction to meet students’ unique needs. Literacy Together trains tutors in the research-based Orton-Gillingham methodology and uses the Wilson Reading System curriculum. Tutors use a multi-sensory approach to reading – using sight, sound, touch – to make learning both fun and relevant to a student’s everyday life.  Tutors often help students practice new reading skills in their day-to-day lives.

Becoming a Volunteer Tutor

Should I be a tutor? What’s involved? Email or call (828) 254-3442 x 204. Sign up online to come to an online volunteer orientation meeting.

Referring a Student

Most AL students come to Literacy Together through referrals. Because it can be intimidating for an adult to disclose reading struggles, Literacy Together reaches out to the community to identify and recruit Adult Literacy students.  Our sustained success depends on you – family, neighbors, employers, co-workers, educators, clergy, and social services agencies – to help adults get the help they need. Click here to learn more and contact Literacy Together at  or 828-254-3442 x202 to refer an adult in need of literacy assistance.

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