Adult Students

The Family Literacy Center offers free and confidential, one-to-one help for adults who want to read, write, spell, or speak English better. Tutoring is available at flexible times and locations and is based on the student’s goals.

For our Adult Literacy Program, students should:

  1. Live or work in Lapeer County.
  2. Be at least 17 years old.
  3. Want to read better.
  4. Agree to meet in a public place like our office or the library. No meeting in private homes.
  5. Be able to get to the tutoring site without assistance from the Family Literacy Center or the tutor.
  6. Be able to attend to tasks for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Be willing to attend weekly sessions of at least 1 hour per week year-round.
  8. Demonstrate appropriate behavior at the initial interview, including appropriate personal hygiene, appropriate language and positive behavior patterns.

Who is the adult who struggles with reading?

Comes from all types of background and can be found everywhere
Becomes easily trapped in old, destructive patterns
Often has poor self-concept and low self-esteem
Can become isolated, hidden and a prisoner to a rigid, patterned life
Often intelligent and creative, often learns in non-traditional ways
Can become resentful, angry, and defensive
Often has highly developed “common” sense
Lets others take over, has little or no personal power or authority

Why don’t they “fix” it?

Fear of failure
Fear of ridicule and embarrassment if their “secret” is discovered
Fear of losing job (if the boss or another employee finds out)
Fear of failing in a group or classroom environment
Doesn’t know help is available
Doesn’t know where to get help
Inconvenient class times and locations
Thinks they are “doing ok” the way things are
Thinks they are too old to learn
Have become very good at putting other people’s needs first
Don’t have money for transportation, gas, babysitter, books, lessons, etc.
There may be family pressure to hide the problem
Change can be difficult and frightening

What challenges do people with limited literacy skills face?

Cannot fill out forms or read contracts
Often the victim of fraud or bad financial decisions
Cannon read medicine bottles or directions
Cannot use the telephone book, menus, or recipes
Cannot advance at work, may lose their job during cutbacks or slowdowns
May have trouble getting or keeping a job
Cannot read to children or help with homework
Unable to be fully active in the community
May constantly feel overwhelmed and inadequate