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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:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Live or work in the Newport Beach area
  • Be able to speak English (See our ESL Referrals if not)
  • Commit at least one year to working with your tutor for at least one 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.

Below are classes we currently offer. Please be advised that class offerings are subject to change.

Morning Book Club - A discussion group for adult learners about classic and contemporary American writings. The goal is to deepen and enrich the adult learner's understanding of American culture, and to promote critical discussion.

Life Skills: Idioms - This class explores idioms and expressions that apply to a life skill such as talking to your doctor, ordering in a restaurant, working with coworkers, buying food at the grocery store and more.

Evening Book Club - A discussion group that read classic and contemporary novels with the objective to develop reading skills and encourage lively discussion.

News You Can Use - Current events from our provided publication "News for You" and from local newspapers are the main subject materials for this class. Discussion of selected newspaper articles leads to interesting debate and conversation. Participants are encouraged to learn new vocabulary words and to develop a better understanding of current events.

Grammar & Vocabulary - Learners gather to strengthen their grammar and vocabulary skills through reading and writing exercises.

Creative Writing - Learners use their imaginations to express themselves through stories, poems, and exercises. In addition to becoming better writers, learners will work on speaking and reading comprehension skills as they exercise their literacy muscles.

Discussion: Idioms in Everyday Life - The goal is to help participants understand and communicate comfortably in every-day idiomatic English. The discussions cover topics such as current events, history, language differences and problems.

Script to Screen - Discover the magic of movie making with entertainment industry veteran and renowned storyteller, Nathania Oh, at this monthly workshop. Learners will read and break down a film's iconic scene in script form then view what ended up in the movie. Does the film match was was written? Learners will discuss.

American Sitcoms- An intriguing class that focuses on popular TV sitcoms and discusses everyday situations and events. Each learner will observe, study and interpret everyday verbal and facial expressions.