Adult Reading Classes


One out of ten Knox County adults cannot read or write above a 6th grade level. Friends of Literacy’s Adult Reading Classes are the only classes in Knoxville that teach basic reading skills for adults. Classes meet twice a week for one and a half hour sessions, for a total of three hours per student each week. The classes are led by a reading specialist and assisted by dedicated volunteers.  Classes meet at our Hill Avenue Office and are held in the afternoon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Also, students who would like extra help can request a tutor at no charge.

To learn more about our Adult Reading program or to enroll in classes, please contact us at 865-549-7007 or email us at

Meet David: Adult Reading Class Student

In late summer 2012, David’s life changed in a big way. At age 28, he was finally able to get a driving permit. For this accomplishment, he gives Friends of Literacy all the credit. 

After struggling in both private and home school settings, David eventually was diagnosed with mid-range dyslexia at the age of 17. He continued to flounder until three years ago when he joined Friends of Literacy’s Adult Reading Class, enrolled in a driver’s education class and obtained his long-held dream.

“Just imagine getting a permit at age 28,” says David. “This is huge!"

“Friends of Literacy has been a Godsend,” says David, giving high praise to both his teachers and the class volunteers. David takes pride not only in his own successes but in those of his classmates who have become “like a family” to him.