Adult Literacy

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Want to learn how to read better?                     

Want to practice your English?

Need help getting ready for the GED or TOEFL exams?

Contact the Literacy Program!  

Email: literacy@aclib.us    Phone: 352-334-3929   


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 databases. We also can connect you to other programs in the library and in the community.

Due to COVID-19, the Literacy Program is currently on pause. 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.

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.

Go to Transparent Language

 

Conversational English

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Our award-winning Conversational English program matches English language learners with conversation partners. The Conversational English program also hosts social mixers, an oral history program, and an art show for English language learners and their families. You can now join our remote Conversation Club.

 Join Conversation Club

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

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. 

Reading Skills 4 Todayhttps://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. 

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.

 

Adult Ed / GED

 

Classes in the Community: Most are paused due to COVID-19. We will update this list as programs start back up.

Santa Fe College Adult Education and GED:  $30 plus cost of books.  As of right now, Santa Fe plans to offer face to face classes but may go online due to COVID-19. Overview of programs


eSources you can use at home:

Learning Expresswww.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.comwww.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 testswww.testpreppractice.net/practice-tests/ged-practice-tests


*Test prep library resources

*Math resources

*Writing resources

ESOL - English Classes

 

ESOL / English Classes and Conversation Programs in the community:

(Updated August 2021)

Alachua County Public Schools ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages): Registration is open. $30 (cash only) plus cost of books. Fee lets you take multiple classes at the same level, if there are openings. You (or someone on your behalf) must register and pay in person. Walk-in registration is open on Thursdays from 9 - 11 a.m. at 620 East University Ave. Go to the check-in desk and ask for ESOL for Adults. 352-955-7035. We can email the class schedule and registration information to you.

Catholic Charities English ClassesFree Zoom classes. Beginning level: Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m. Intermediate level: Fridays 6:30-8:30 p.m. To sign up, contact Pat Rayos. Call or text: 352-682-5078. Email: patrayos17@aol.com.

English Corner, UF Christian Campus HouseFree. UF Student Group welcomes people of all ages who want to practice speaking English. You can Zoom in or meet in person at UF Christian Campus House, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. & Thursdays 6-8 p.m. Those interested can email Bob Gailey, gatorgailey@juno.com. You also can call (352) 258-9367. 1810 NW 1st Ave, Gainesville (Parking near there can be limited).

English Language Institute at UF: They offer a number of fee based programs for UF students and community members. Next session: FALL B (October 20 - December 10). Application Deadline: September 8. They also offer STEP Online, a six weeks course that costs $500. More about STEP Online classes. Contact Daryl Bish with questions. StudyEnglish@eli.ufl.edu Walk ins welcome. 223 Matherly Hall, University of Florida Campus, across the street from Target Copy. Parking limited. They speak Spanish. Se habla español.

English Partners at University City Church of ChristFree. In person English (ESOL) tutoring (1 tutor for each student). Face Masks required. Beginning to Advanced (6 levels).  Sundays, 9-10 a.m., optional Bible study 10-10:15 a.m. No separate childcare at this time. University City Church of Christ gymnasium, Family Life Center, 4626 NW 8 Ave. Must reserve a tutor by Friday before that Sunday's class. To reserve tutor, please email josmil733@gmail.com. En español, orosejo@cox.net. Call Church Office with questions: (352) 372-4911. 

Florida Literacy Coalition's free online Conversational English classes: Free. Intermediate level, 2 hours sessions via Zoom. See the Frequently Asked Questions.

International Learning Center at Parkview Baptist: Wednesday online mixed level class, 6:30-8 p.m. Free for Fall. Click here to register online. For questions: patrayos17@aol.com.

Santa Fe College ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages):  $30 plus cost of books.  Santa Fe offers both face-to-face and online classes.  

Williams Temple COGIC ESOL classesFree. Zoom classes will continue through Summer 2021. Beginning, Mondays, 5-5:45 pm. Intermediate/Advanced, Mondays, 6-6:45 pm. Conversation, all levels, Wednesdays, 6-6:45 pm. Call or email Yvette Colbert: 352-575-0746, wtcogicfl@gmail.com

 


While our programs are paused, here are some resources you can use at home:

Transparent Languagewww.aclib.us/Transparent
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 card. 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.comwww.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 Labwww.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


 

Digital Literacy / Computer Skills

 

Northstar Digital Literacy - Build your skills.  (No login required to watch the videos and practice the skills.)

 

Basic Computer Skills:

 

Email:

 

Microsoft Word:

 

Career Search Skills:

 

Volunteer Tutors

 

Due to COVID-19, all volunteer programs are paused. There is a tentative return date of January 2022. 

You may go ahead and submit a Volunteer Interest Form and two references. Once a completed application is received, you will be notified and placed into Waitlist status. 

Access the ACLD Volunteer Handbook online.