Adult Learning Center Students

The Adult Learning Center provides tutoring to adult learners who need to improve their English literacy skills. We serve two main types of students:

Adult Basic Education: These students are native English speakers who need help improving their reading and writing skills.

English for Speakers of Other Languages: These students come from many different countries including Japan, Korea, China, Bosnia, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, Colombia and Russia. Some students have already learned English and need help with pronunciation, grammar, or learning American culture and society. Others need help learning English from the beginning.

Sample Student Goals

Our students use ALC tutoring to learn and improve a wide variety of skills. Here are a few goals our students have achieved with the help of ALC tutors:

  • Talk on the telephone
  • Open a business
  • Communicate with teachers and help their children with school
  • Become U.S. citizens
  • Be able to communicate with doctors or emergency workers
  • Pass the TASC/GED exam
  • Open a bank account
  • Fill out job applications and go to job interviews
  • Read mail
  • Read the Bible

If you or someone you know could benefit from the Adult Learning Center’s services, please fill out the ALC Student Form and tell us about your learning needs. A staff member will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Online Resources for Learners:

Voice of America - Let's Learn English: Free weekly course for English learners
Guide to Grammar and Writing: Learn how to write well
Many Things: A website for studying English as a Second Language. Includes games, quizzes and vocabulary
USA Learns: Video lessons and educational activities for English learners
US Citizenship & Immigration Services: Information for immigrants and visitors hoping to become US citizens

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Online Courses for Learners:

These courses are offered free-of-charge to Johnson County Public Library patrons. Courses begin monthly and run for six weeks. All course material and work is conducted online. If you need help registering for a course, or need computer access, please contact ALC Manager Wendy Preilis.

Grammar for ESL
Writing for ESL
Easy English (available in: Spanish, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, and Arabic)

Other courses are available in a wide variety of topics.