The Hillsborough Literacy Council (HLC) offers two programs, adult basic literacy and English for speakers of other languages.
HLC teaches functionally and marginally illiterate adults to read and write through its Adult BASIC Literacy Program. This program is geared towards adults over the age of 18 with a goal to bring them to a minimum fifth grade reading level. Students are taught using the Laubach Way to Reading curriculum published by New Readers Press. This phonics-based approach with four books gives nonreaders the basic building blocks to language, emphasizing word analysis skills, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, spelling, and writing. This program prepares students for continuing education and GED preparation courses, which are available through the county school system. In the BASIC program, tutoring is done on a one-on-one basis.
In the English for Speakers of Other Languages Program (ESOL), the tutors teach speakers of other languages, over the age of 18, to read, write and communicate in English. ESOL students are local residents with various nationalities and limited communication skills. As with the BASIC program, students are taught through a variety of materials, including the Life Prints series of manuals published by New Readers Press. Because ESOL students come from Central and South America, Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Pacific Rim, ESOL tutors are trained to understand the various cultures in an effort to communicate with the students. ESOL classes are generally taught in groups, but may also be done one-on-one.
Prior teaching experience is not required of our tutors. Both the BASIC and ESOL programs are taught to potential tutors through a five-hour training class held on Saturdays. HLC provides ongoing opportunities to review and reinforce tutor training methods through meetings and workshops held periodically throughout the year. Every effort is made to match tutors and students according to their preferred tutoring locations and schedules.