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The mission of the Literacy Council for Josephine County, an all-volunteer community service organization, is to foster adult literacy by providing tutoring free of charge to adults in the Josephine County area.
We have two main learning programs, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE). Our ESL students have come from over 9 different countries. The ABE program consists mainly of our Dyslexia program. It was launched in 2013 using $10,000 in grant money specifically to help adults who suffer from dyslexia and similar learning disabilities. Dyslexia is an inherited disorder affecting up to 1 in 5 people. It makes it difficult for them to learn to read, write and spell.
We help students in a variety of ways: learn to read, write and spell or to improve those skills; learn English; improve basic math skills; prepare for GED; prepare for citizenship; prepare for the written driver's test; help with filling out job applications and other forms.
All of our tutoring is done one-on-one, which significantly enhances the learning experience for both the student and the tutor. No prior teaching or tutoring experience is required. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and professions: retired, employed, banking, fine arts, education, law enforcement, journalism, accounting, healthcare, social work, and science, etc.
The Literacy Council is an Affiliate of Rogue Community College and registers our students at RCC. We currently have around 28 tutors and 30 students, about half of which are ESL and half ABE (most of which show signs of dyslexia).
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