Adult Basic Literacy (ABL)

In the central Arkansas area, more than 30,000 adults are functionally illiterate. Most do not have the reading skills to succeed in the workplace; address their healthcare needs; read to their children; or read schedules, labels, or billboards.

The Adult Literacy Program is designed for people 18 years or older who read below an 8th grade level. Many of these adults have coped for years with the enormous handicap of being unable to read and write well enough to function effectively in the community. They have realized that to improve their lives, they must improve their literacy skills. For some, making the first contact with Literacy Action means overcoming the embarrassment of admitting they cannot read.

Adult Learner Profile

Self-identified non-readers who:

  • are highly motivated to learn.
  • have specific, practical goals such as getting a better job, helping their children with their homework, reading mail and paying bills, and functioning more fully in society.
  • have made a commitment to meet and work with a tutor for up to three hours per week.

How the Literacy Program Works

New students come to Literacy Action for an individual assessment to determine their reading and comprehension levels. During the initial appointment, students are informed of the program guidelines and commitment necessary to achieve results. Students are matched with a trained tutor as soon as possible. All lessons are conducted in a mutually convenient public location, and all services and materials are free of charge.

Tutors are trained by Literacy Action to teach the specific literacy skills that the students want to learn. Tutors use a wide range of nationally recognized teaching materials, as well as incorporating other materials geared to the student’s particular needs and interests.

Students are retested periodically to assess their progress. At every lesson, the tutor evaluates the student’s small and large steps toward achieving their personal objectives. Tutors are both instructors and cheerleaders, making sure students stay engaged and see the results of their efforts.

Who is eligible?

Literacy Action of Central Arkansas serves all of Pulaski and the surrounding counties’ residents who are at least 18 years of age and read below an 8th grade level. For more information, email or call the Literacy Action office at 501-372-7323.