Texas Literacy in Learning collects an initial $25 fee for adults involved in our program. The fee includes practice tests, workbooks, and materials for the adult participant. We expect the fee to be paid upon orientation and it may be paid in installments if necessary.
Each person enrolled with TLL receives invaluable help. The longer someone is involved, the more value they receive. TLL has a limited number of spaces available at any time. Someone who begins but drops out without notifying the TLL may lose their spot to another participant.
English Language Learning (ELL)
Texas Literacy in Learning provides beginner and advanced English Language Learning programs (ELL) to adults with limited English skills.
- Learn to read, speak, and write in English
- Learn Civic opportunities and responsibilities
- Prepare for Citizenship tests
- Learn to use Computers
- Develop Health literacy skills
Adult students meet in small groups or with volunteer Tutors in one on one environments. To get matched with a Tutor, adults must first complete orientation, offered in each of our resource centers throughout the year.
We use the Test of Adult Basic Education-English (TABE-E) to assess students before matching them with a Tutor or enrolling them in a group.
Our (ELL) program helps students transition into their community, learning the language and about their opportunities and responsibilities. Long-term participation in our ELL program can serve as a catalyst to earning U.S. citizenship.
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education is for people who already speak English but want to improve their reading and writing or math.
- Learn to read and write better in English
- Learn basic computer skills
- Improve basic math skills
- Work on employment skills
- Basic household budgeting
Texas Literacy in Learning provides tutoring to local adults who want to improve their English reading, writing, and basic math skills in order to complete education and secure employment.
Adult Basic Education
Adult students work with trained volunteer tutors to develop basic reading, writing and math skills, depending on the student’s needs and interests.
Already Have a Diploma?
Since one of our goals is helping adults develop the skills necessary to obtain (better) employment and more wages, we’ll still help you even if you already have a high school diploma or a job.
All adults registering for help must pay an initial $25 fee, and complete a 3-week Orientation to qualify for a Tutor match. Orientation takes place in each of our resource centers throughout the year, and includes paperwork, testing, and goal-setting.
Maria Greene writes: “The thing that moves most people is not the abstract notion of justice, but the feeling that things aren’t fair” (2006, p. 40). When placed in the role of victim, students no longer sympathize about what might or might not be unfair; instead they inherently feel what is unfair and the reactions and consequences for the classroom can be profound. The impacts of globalization and diversity are causing educators to go further in their pursuit of inclusionary, culturally appropriate and relevant pedagogy. There is a need to move from “’celebratory’ to ‘critical’ or ‘insurgent’ multicultural art education and to increasingly acknowledge and embrace changing transcultural migratory experiences” (Chalmers, 2002, p. 293).
While both Art and Literacy teachers recognize the need to develop culturally relevant pedagogy that is inclusive of a global culture, there is often very little interaction between the Art and Literacy teacher when it comes to the delivery of critical multiculturalism within the classroom. Art is a cultural narrative and when presenting critical literacy within the confines of either the Art of Literacy classroom, the creation of artwork should be seamlessly intertwined with the delivery of text and writing. “A critical approach to multicultural literature promotes not only the pleasure and importance of reading as a cultural skill, but also encourages students to identify the issues raised in the books and questions the ideologies that the stories are based upon in terms of authentic vs. stereotypical depictions” (Reisberg, Brander, & Gruenwald, 2006, p. 121). The Art and Literacy teacher should work in tandem to present similar ideas, themes, and subjects at the same time to enhance learning and oral, written, and visual literacies by the constant interchange of information.
Lessons that encompass critical literacy, critical multiculturalism, and art have three main parts:
- Reading a narrative about a culture wherein the characters are given dignity.
- Creating artwork that provides for the opportunity for a personal connection to culture.
- An opportunity for reflection (written/visual/oral) wherein students can safely share