All of LCNV’s programs are geared to help adults who read below the sixth grade level. Through one-on-one and classroom instruction, LCNV-trained volunteers and paid instructors teach a personalized curriculum that helps adults improve their employment opportunities, become citizens, acquire consumer skills, and increase their involvement in their children’s education.
Some learners find more success in a one-on-one tutoring program because of their limited formal education, busy work schedules, or transportation difficulties. LCNV tutoring programs provide individualized instruction focused on student goals.
•The BASIC ADULT LITERACY (BAL) TUTORING PROGRAM works with adults who speak and understand English but are beginning readers and writers.
•The ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL) TUTORING PROGRAM works with adults who speak English at a low level; it teaches reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking to these adults.
LCNV originally served primarily American-born adults who were considered functionally illiterate. Northern Virginia’s changing demographics have altered the learner population to nearly 65% foreign-born. Yet, many students are native English speakers, and overcome learning differences through tutoring.
The ESOL LEARNING CENTERS (ESOLC) is a classroom program that serves low-income immigrant adults, providing a curriculum that focuses on American culture and life skills important to the workplace, community, and family. Each semester has a different curricular focus based on students’ real world needs: Civics and Community; Workplace, Jobs and Lifelong Learning; and Health, Nutrition, and Safety.
The FAMILY LEARNING PROGRAM (FLP) provides ESOL instruction for parents (or adults who live with children) in a supportive classroom environment, while their children participate in literacy-related activities and receive homework help in a separate classroom. At least twice a month, the children join the adult classroom for PACT (Parent and Child Together Time) activities. The Family Learning Program also encourages family literacy and parental involvement in education through workshops, book give-a-ways, and fieldtrips.