Adult Basic Education offers lessons to adult students who want to improve their reading comprehension, writing, or math skills.  Students in the ABE program are diverse.  They take lessons for a variety of reasons including putting an end to being illiterate, to prepare for the GED test or to acquire additional skills in English which is their second language.  As with ESL classes, we partner of the Literacy Council of Williamson County, providing volunteers for their program.  Our tutors work one-on-one with students for approximately two hours a week.  Day, time, and place are flexible. Most lessons happen online via Zoom. In addition to teaching, we can use volunteers to give administrative support.

Please consider joining our team.  We can make a real difference in people’s lives.

For more information, contact Kim Ono.

Monthly Reports 2021

March

  The highlight of March was enrolling three new students.  One hopes to get his GED but didn’t score high enough on the LCWILCO placement test to enter their pre-GED study program.  Another is truly illiterate.  This woman did not get to attend school at all due to a civil war in her home country of Liberia.(The language of Liberia is English, so her spoken English is good.)  She came to the US as a refugee.  After more than a decade living here, she has found (us) help learning to read and write.  We are truly starting at the beginning with the sounds that the letters make.  The third student is Nepalese and wants to learn to read and write English better to understand the world around her as well as make herself understood.  None of these students is Caucasian. Thus you can see that the ministry of literacy intersects with the ministry of social justice/anti-racism.
Nuts and bolts stats for the month are: approx. 81hours of instruction, given by 14 tutors, to 21 students.

May

ABE May report –
ABE program continues throughout the summer.  We are pleased that the woman originally from Liberiais making good progress through her lessons with Alison Dieter.  
The summer reading program – reading children’s books via zoom to kids at Bartlett Elementary School,is keeping both ESL and ABE busy.  We have been signing our students up, practicing reading with them,and working out the technical details of the Zoom meeting.  Audrey McMann has been helping with that.
By next month, we’ll have a report on how it actually panned out.