For adults who want to improve reading and writing skills to use printed information in everyday living.
At P.A.L.S. Literacy students work one to one with a volunteer tutor to improve their comprehension and fluency when reading and writing. They attend a 2 hour class once a week and are expected to go home and do 2 hours of homework in the week and 30 to 60 minutes of reading per day. There is an established curriculum that they can work through that will help them build their skills. Classes are available during the day and in the evenings or on weekends so the student can attend classes and continue working to maintain a living and support their families.
The tutor guides the student through the process and is available to help when they encounter a difficulty. They also serve as motivators and encourage a student to keep going. Many low level students have had very negative experiences with schooling and need positive support.
Students can join a book club or a writing circle to work on their skills in a more informal manner. It is good to work with other literacy students and see that they are not alone. Extracurricular activities like workshops and conferences help them to laugh and learn and expand their abilities.
Tutors attend a 3 hour training session in their chosen program. They also have a 1 and ½ hour session with the coordinator to familiarize themselves with the material for their specific student and work with lesson plans. All books and materials are provided by P.A.L.S. The coordinator is in the office from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, to provide any support or help the tutor needs.