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Literacy Delaware Helps Adults With Limited English Language Skills

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This winter, help Delawareans gain English language and literacy skills through Literacy Delaware’s upcoming tutor training sessions.

This December, Literacy Delaware is recruiting volunteers for an upcoming tutor training session that assists Delawareans who have limited literacy and English language skills.  

Literacy Delaware was founded in 1983 and assists more than 200 adults with learning English and literacy skills each year through training, tutoring, English language acquisition and advocacy. The organization is even an affiliate member of ProLiteracy—an international nonprofit based in Syracuse N.Y. that supports adult literacy programs.   

According to Literacy Delaware’s 2020 annual report, there are more than 70,438 adults 18 and older in the First State without a high school degree. Last year, the organization reached adults who speak 27 different languages, including English. Plus, the program trained more than 55 new volunteer tutors in the last program, and 80 percent of learners achieved great progress.  

Literacy Delaware helps Delawareans combat the low literacy standard through one-to-one tutoring, small group classes, English language instruction, computer skills and more. The program benefits adult learners through enhanced employment opportunities, higher salaries, and an improved quality of life for children.   

This year, the organization is looking for new volunteers to join its mission and help reduce the waiting list of adults looking to improve their abilities. The orientation will be held on December 16, with tutor training every Thursday from January 6-27. All instruction and training sessions will take place online.  

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Interested in becoming a volunteer tutor? Email admin@literacydelaware.com, call 302-658-5624 or visit its website here. There are no requirements needed to be a tutor.  

Literacy Delaware provides all training and instructional materials. Each volunteer is individually matched with an adult learner or a small group looking for English reading and writing instruction. Volunteer tutors meet with their clients weekly at mutually convenient times and locations or virtually.  

The organization serves New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties and can be found at the Wilmington Library, Frankford Public Library, Dover Public Library and Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library.  

Related: Volunteers Over the Age of 55 Provide Crucial Help to Delaware Nonprofits

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