Our Programs for Adults

 

Beginning Readers

For the one in ten adults in Knox County who cannot read or write above a 6th grade reading level, Friends of Literacy's offers the only classes in Knoxville that teach basic reading skills for adults.  The Beginning Readers classes allow students to work one-on-one with tutors who utilize the renowned Wilson Reading System.  Incoming students are assessed to determine their entry level and are paired with a tutor accordingly.  The meeting times and places are flexible to suit the needs of the students.  Students may be native speakers of English or of another language, however students must be able to communicate verbally in English.

Availability

Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

Varies


Adult Basic Education

Friends of Literacy offers language arts and math classes for adults functioning below high school grade level.  After attending an orientation and initial assessment students are placed in classes with a small group of peers who have similar educational skills and goals.   There are separate classes for each subject.  Students can attend both subjects, or focus on the one area where they need the most help.

Availability

Mondays & Wednesdays
Mornings & Afternoons

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Evenings

Location

1323 N. Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37917


HiSET Prep

Friends of Literacy offers individualized instruction for adults seeking their high school equivalency diploma.  Norwood classes are in conjunction with Great Schools Partnership and are taught by FOL staff. Classes at FCUMC are taught by volunteers from the church. 

Availability

Mondays & Wednesdays
Evening

Location

Norwood Elementary School
Fountain City United Methodist Church


Literacy and Math Tutoring

For students needing additional help outside of the classroom or adults whose work schedules won't accommodate regular weekly classes, Friends of Literacy offers one-on-one tutoring at our office and other locations. Tutoring sessions are led by dedicated volunteers.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor, please apply here.

Availability

Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

Varies


Tennessee Valley Reads

Tennessee Valley Reads brings education closer to adults who need it by expanding our beginning readers program to include not just the Friends of Literacy office, but also satellite locations throughout the area. We foster other organizations, churches, and civic groups, as they implement literacy programs for adults across our community.  Friends of Literacy trains the volunteers, provides initial and quarterly student assessment, and tracks student progress.  If you are interested in partnering with Friends of Literacy to develop a literacy program at your organization, please contact Jennifer Riley or Angela Long at 865-549-7007 or Jennifer@friendsofliteracy.org or Angela@friendsofliteracy.org, respectively.

 

Availability

Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

1323 N. Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37917