PBALC offers services in the following areas:
English Language Learning (ELL) – Improve English language skills of adults, from beginner to advanced. Citizenship class is also available.
Adult Education & Literacy (AEL) – Encompasses reading, writing, math, and other fundamental skills.
Digital Literacy (DL) – Learn to navigate computers and utilize basic software.
Our Adult Literacy Program utilizes trained volunteer tutors and professional staff to provide individualized tutoring for adults, 18 years of age and older, in one-to-one, small group, and self-paced settings.
Reading Comprehension Testing – PBALC provides a test of reading grade level for employment and education purposes. The fee is $15 per test. Tests can be scheduled by contacting our office at (432) 682-9693 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All testers who meet the student requirements are welcome to improve their literacy skills by enrolling as an PBALC student.
Our vision is that all adults would be able to accomplish their learning goals, regardless of language or literacy barriers.
“The instructors are very patient here…and you feel very comfortable asking questions.” Shirley Fox
One-to-one – A volunteer tutor assists one student in reaching their personal literacy goals. PBALC staff guide the pair in selecting appropriate materials and curriculum that will best help the student.
Small Groups – A volunteer tutor facilitates a group of students with similar levels, goals, or interests. The focus of the groups is to build community, address shared issues, and practice English conversation (for ELL).
Classes – A volunteer instructor or PBALC staff member instructs a small group (6-12 students), focusing on one subject (grammar, pronunciation, computer usage, math, etc.). Classes are scheduled in sessions (8-12 weeks at a time) throughout the year. Registration dates times will be posted on the PBAL website and on the PBALC Facebook page as they are scheduled.
Self-Paced – An PBALC student works independently on one or more of the programs licensed to PBAL. Such programs assist the student in practicing and improving their skills in a variety of areas (reading, language learning, vocabulary building, computer skills, and more). PBALC staff monitor student usage and progress, providing encouragement and support. All program offerings are designed to last one-and-a-half to three hours each week. One-to-one, small group, and small class meetings can take place either at the PBALC Literacy House (1709 W. Wall St.) or at approved community locations. Most self-paced programs can either be accessed at the Literacy House Computer Lab or remotely via internet-enabled devices (some programs may only be accessed at the Literacy House).