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Literacy Council of Kingsport

Listing Last Update: November 9, 2018


326 Commerce Street
Kingsport, TN 37660

Primary Contact

Dawn Blake

(423) 392-4643

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Educational services

  • Reading and writing
  • To study for high school equivalency
  • English language
  • Math
  • Volunteer at a Program
  • Citizenship Classes

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

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Program Overview

The Literacy Council of Kingsport offers free one-to-one tutoring for adults and qualified children who want to improve their literacy skills as well as achieve their individual goals. A trained volunteer tutor is matched with each student at a location and time that meets the needs and schedules of the student and tutor.

Adult Basic Literacy Program - This program provides specialized, one-on-one tutoring instruction by trained
volunteers for adults, who read at or below a fifth grade level. It utilizes a phonics-based reading program, Laubach Way to Reading, to help students develop basic reading and writing
skills at his or her own pace. Volunteers also work with students on achieving their individual goals like improving employability skills, enrolling in an adult or higher education program, engaging in their child's education, and volunteering in the community.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) - This program teaches speakers of other languages to speak, read, understand, and write English to improve English language
proficiency and successfully integrate into a new culture. It utilizes Intercambio Adult ESL Curriculum, a 12-book English language curriculum that incorporates reading, writing, listening, and speaking as well as life skills and cultural tips in each lesson.

Other Classes:

1. Computer Programs:

    • Rosetta Stone Computer Program - This computer program helps speakers of other languages learn English by using reading, vocabulary, speech recognition and writing lessons.
    • Typing Computer Program - This computer program helps students learn to type, develop and improve keyboarding skills.

2. English Conversation Classes:

    • Peer-to-Peer Conversation Groups - These conversation groups helps speakers of other languages practice speaking English with other students and a teacher in a group setting.
    • Citizenship Classes - This program helps students complete the application, study for the Citizenship test and interview in a group setting.

Mission Statement

To provide tutoring for adults and qualified children to improve their literacy skills as well as achieve their individual goals and to be an advocate for litercy within the Greater Kingsport community.

Hours of operation: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. & Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cost info: Materials are provided at no cost to students.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Richard came to the Literacy Council in hopes of improving his reading skills in order to achieve his individual goals. He wanted to no longer receive public assistance or supplementary security income. He also wanted to enter into employment and a higher education program. By the end of 2016, Richard no longer received any form of government assistance. Not only did he secure employment with Goodwill Industries, he improved his employability skills by working one-on-one with his tutor each week and successfully achieved certification to operate the forklift. He recently started a second job to support his family. In 2017, Richard hopes to be prepared to enter into an adult education program to earn his GED.

Anna, Charmaine, Virginia and Song came to Literacy Council in hopes of obtaining their Citizenship. Although they each had studied English for many years they knew they still needed additional help to prepare for the Citizenship Test. They started their journey in January 2018 in Literacy Council's first Group Citizenship Classes. They have successfully read, understood, completed and submitted their Citizenship Applications. They are halfway through completing the Citizenship Preparing for the Test and Citizenship Preparing for the Interview study materials. They are awaiting to be notified when they are able to take their test. They are confident that they will be prepared to take and pass their test in the future.

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

• In 2017, volunteers provided 7,790 hours of service which equates to a value of $188,050.

• 95% of adult students improved their literacy skills resulting in an employable workforce; engaged parents and/or caregivers; well-informed, educated citizens; and passionate community volunteers.

• 100% of adult students set individual goals, such as, improving employability skills, enrolling in an adult or higher
education program, engaging in their child's education, and volunteering in the community.

• 6 students completed college semester with an average
GPA of 3.0 and 1 student obtained their Master's Degree.

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