Literacy Services

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Literacy is the key to success – in the community and on the job. It is about being about being able to function and navigate the systems we encounter everyday.

Literacy Services matches an adult tutor with an adult learner needing instruction in English. Students may be native English speakers but not proficient in reading and writing or, have a first language other than English and want to learn English.

Students have short and long-term goals. Long-term goals might include getting a GED, Citizenship or advancing to Higher Education, while shorter-term goals may be job advancement or  the ability to speak comfortably with a child’s teacher or a physician. Some stay with the program for a year, others stay to work on their long-term goals.

The match between tutor and student is based upon scheduling, geography and other commonalities. Tutors receive training, which includes a five-week Tutor Training course, required for certification.

NEW TUTOR TRAINING COURSE is being scheduled!

For more information, email literacy@helplinehc.org.

The literacy program provides a wonderful opportunity to gain a sense of reward with teaching opportunities. There is agreat sense of accomplishment and enlightenment with moments such as those in which one helps a student understand an American idiom or saying and sees an “aha” moment in which the student’s face reflects understanding of something that had confused them for some time. Karen T

I have been helping my student, Linda, with her English for at least 3 years now…I have stopped counting. We have become friends. I have said for a while now that I am learning just as much from her as she is from me! Jennifer V

When I hear the words, “It was a good lesson,” from my student, that’s enough to make me want to make the next lesson even better!  This is a very rewarding experience. Jane G.

To register as a student, become a volunteer tutor or receive more information, call  908-782-4357.

Literacy services is funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor, the United Way of Hunterdon County, corporations, foundations and individual supporters.

email literacy@helplinehc.org for information about becoming a student or a tutor.