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One man tutoring another in a libraryWant to learn how to read better?

Want to practice your English?

Need help getting ready for the GED or TOEFL exams?

The Literacy Program offers one-on-one tutoring and small classes for adults. We can help you sign up for a library card and show you how to use library books and eSources. We also can connect you to other programs in the library and in the community.

Below you will find information about classes, programs, and links to free online resources.

To translate the Alachua County Library District website into another language, scroll to the bottom of this page. Click "select language" and scroll through the list for that language.
Para traducir el sitio web del Alachua County Library District a otro idioma, desplácese hacia abajo hasta el final de esta página. Haga clic en la barra "select language"  y desplácese por la lista hasta que encuentre el idioma que desea.

Due to COVID-19, all Literacy Programs are currently on pause. All Alachua County Library District locations will remain closed until further notice. We have more information about our current services and a list of community resources and information about COVID-19

We are looking into ways to offer classes and services online and offline. If you have ideas about how we can serve you, please do not hesitate to share them with us.

Reading Help

While our face to face tutoring and most community programs are on pause, here are some things you can do to practice reading at home. Please email us at literacy@aclib.us if you would like a list of more resources.

Reading Skills 4 Today: https://www.readingskills4today.com/

Reading practice for adults. Audio to play with the readings.

The Times in Plain Englishwww.thetimesinplainenglish.com
Reporting on current events in easy to read, plain English. 

The Easy English Times: Free online edition for July and June. July edition will be the last one.

http://easyenglishtimes.com/free_june_online_edition.pdf

http://easyenglishtimes.com/free_july_online_edition.pdf

Khan Academy Reading - https://www.khanacademy.org/ela

For kids, but could be good resource if you want to work with your children or grandkids. 2nd grade and up.

We will update our list of community programs as we get more information: https://www.aclib.us/AdultEducation

    English Classes and Programs

    While our English classes and most community English classes are paused, here are some resources you can use at home. Please email us if you would like a list of more resources, literacy@aclib.us

    Transparent Language: www.aclib.us/Transparent

    If you haven't used Transparent Language before, it is an online language learning program with over 100 languages; including courses for English Language Learners. You can access it for free with your Alachua County Library District library card. Go to our Transparent Language. Login with your library card. Use your email to set up your user ID and set a unique password.

    Learning Expresswww.aclib.us/LearningExpress
    Has prep courses and practice tests for the TOEFL. Some resources in Spanish. Sign in with your library card. Create an account with an email and password to keep track of your progress.

    Tutor.com: www.aclib.us/Tutor.com
    Better for K-12 students. Some practice tests, but the big deal is live homework help as well as the ability to submit writing for feedback. Log in with your library card number. Create an account with an email and password to track your progress.

    Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab: www.esl-lab.com
    Practice your English listening skills- easy, intermediate, and difficult levels. Free to use, but please be mindful of the terms of service

    We will update our list of community programs as we get more information: https://www.aclib.us/EnglishClasses

    Adult Ed and GED Classes

    We will be checking in with community organizations about their GED prep classes. When we have more information, we will add that information to our list. Please email us if you would like a list of more resources and updates on community programs re-opening, literacy@aclib.us

    For now here are some resources you can use at home.

    Learning Express: www.aclib.us/LearningExpress
    Has prep courses and practice tests for the GED. Some resources in Spanish. Log in with your library card number. Create an account with an email and password to track your progress.

    Tutor.com: www.aclib.us/Tutor.com
    Better for K-12 students. Some practice tests, but the big deal is live homework help as well as the ability to submit writing for feedback. Log in with your library card number. Create an account with an email and password to track your progress.

    Free practice for GED reading and math tests: www.testpreppractice.net/practice-tests/ged-practice-tests

    We will update our list of community programs as we get more information: https://www.aclib.us/AdultEducation

    Conversational English

    Alachua County Library District's Conversational English program is an award-winning program that matches English language learners with conversation partners. The Conversational English program also hosts social mixers, an oral history program, and art show for English language learners and their families.

    For information about the Library District's Conversational English program and to be placed on the waiting list for a partner, contact Pat Carr, the Conversational English LIbrarian, pcarr@aclib.us.

    While the Conversational English program and most community conversation partner programs are paused, here are some resources you can use at home. We will be checking in with community organizations about their Conversational English programs. When we have more information, we will add that information here. 

    Transparent Language: www.aclib.us/Transparent
    If you haven't used Transparent Language before, it is an online language learning program with over 100 languages; including courses for English Language Learners. You can access it for free with your Alachua County Library District library card. Go to Transparent Language. Login with your library card. Use your email to set up your user ID and set a unique password.

    Learning Expresswww.aclib.us/LearningExpress
    Has prep courses and practice tests for the TOEFL. Some resources in Spanish. Sign in with your library card. Create an account with an email and password to keep track of your progress.

    Tutor.com: www.aclib.us/Tutor.com
    Better for K-12 students. Some practice tests, but the big deal is live homework help as well as the ability to submit writing for feedback. Sign in with your library card. Create an account with an email and password to keep track of your progress.

    Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab: www.esl-lab.com
    Practice your English listening skills- easy, intermediate and difficult levels. Free to use, but please be mindful of the terms of service

    Check out Pat Carr's blog for more resources: www.aclib.us/headquarters/blog/learning-english-speakers-other-languages-esol

    Volunteer Tutors and Instructors

    Due to COVID-19, all volunteer programs are paused. We are researching ways to provide literacy services to the community. 

    If you are interested of being notified when volunteer programs resume or in being added to a semi-weekly email about literacy related resources and topics, please email Jeremy Merritt, jmerritt@aclib.us.

    If you have questions or would like to share resources, please email Sheila Bishop, sbishop@aclib.us.