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Adult Learners

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Becoming an Adult Learner

Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy offers one-on-one tutoring and small group classes free of charge. To be eligible for a tutor you must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Live or work in the Newport Beach area
  3. Be able to speak English
  4. Commit at least one year to working with your tutor for at least 1 hour per week.

To become part of the literacy program, contact the Literacy Office at 949.717.3874; email us at literacy@newportbeachca.gov or stop by for an application.

Every potential adult learner must attend a new learner orientation. Space is limited so a reservation is a must!!!

Once you have attended the orientation, you will be asked to take a skills evaluation. The evaluation will help us determine the best tutor to match you with.

Please understand that our tutors are all volunteers and that there are many adults waiting to be assigned a tutor. Please be patient and we will match you with a tutor as soon as we can.

Programs

We offer many support programs to help our learners improve their skills.  Classes and activities are opened to all learners who have officially entered the Literacy Program.  Please call for times and dates of each program 949.717.3874.

Book Club - a discussion group for adult learners about book selections in classic or modern fiction.

Pronunciation Workshop - work with a professional speech therapist in a  small group setting on American English pronunciation. Each workshop is typically 8 weeks.

Learner Network - A quarterly meeting for Adult Learners to learn more about the program, and each other in a safe, non-judgmental environment.  Often, guest speakers share their knowledge on items of interest to the adult learners.

Tutor Connection - A quarterly meeting for tutors to keep up to date on the latest in literacy and to share accomplishments, tips and anecdotes about the program

Writing Workshop - Geared to working with the adult learner on creative writing.  Each workshop is typically 6 weeks.

Discussion Group - A weekly gathering of learners who are encouraged to participate in speaking on any number of topcis that are presented during the session.

Conversation - The goal is to help participants understand and communicate comfortably in every-day idiomatic English.

Movie Talk - Once a month a movie selection is screened for assembled learners. Each film normally deals with different issues that we face in the United States and afterwardes the group participates in an open discussion about the different topics addressed in the movie.

International Literacy Day - an annual celebration of literacy and Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy held each year in September.

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