Literacy & English as a Second Language
Harris County Public Library
Our literacy and English as a second language programs help adults with the basic reading and writing and/or spoken English skills they need to reach work, family and personal goals. Our branches provide a place where tutors and students from a variety of cultural and educational backgrounds can meet to share what they have learned.
The basic literacy program is designed for adults who speak English fluently and read at a fifth-grade level or below. Students and volunteer tutors meet one-on-one at most branch libraries to work in books provided by the library or on reading and writing skills students would like to apply in their own lives.
English as a Second Language
English as a second language tutors and students usually meet in groups of two to eight. As in the adult literacy program, meetings can take place in the daytime or evening at any location convenient for students and tutors. It is not necessary for tutors to be able to speak another language. The library provides materials and training to enable tutors and students to practice reading, writing and speaking the types of words and phrases they are likely to need daily.
To register for a training session above, or for more information, please call the library or contact the literacy coordinator by email or phone at 713-274-6600.
Please contact your local branch for program availability.