Blue Ridge Literacy Council's English for Students of Other Languages Program serves non-English speaking or low level English speaking adults. The goal is to help adults achieve a level of English, both oral and written, that allows them to accomplish their goals and participate fully as individuals, family members, workers, and members of the community at large.
Each student is taught English, reading, and writing in one-to-one or in a small group (2 to 5) by trained volunteer tutors using materials suited to their English level and goals. Many supplemental materials are available. Levels of instruction go from beginner through preparation to enter curriculum or technical programs.
The staff provides intake, evaluation, testing for all students, ongoing support for pairs and groups, training, research in adult ESL techniques and materials, and counselling and referral services.
Hours are set to be compatible with students' schedules. Some have class as early as 8:30 AM and some as late as 9:00 PM. There are NO fees. Tutoring sites are located throughout the county.