Our Programs for Adults


Adult Literacy

For adults who cannot read or write above a 6th grade reading level, Friends of Literacy offers the only classes in Knoxville that teach basic reading skills for adults.  The Adult Literacy 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. 

Literacy for English Language Learners

For native speakers of other languages who need to learn to read and write English, as well as expand their overall vocabulary and comprehension. Literacy for English Language Learners will help these students gain fluency to better navigate life in Knox County, be more engaged in the the community, and have better opportunities for employment and additional education. Students are assessed and matched with tutors for one-on-one instruction at times convenient for the student.

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.

HiSET Prep

Friends of Literacy offers individualized instruction for adults seeking their high school equivalency diploma.  Classes are offered in small groups with a curriculum focused on passing the HiSET.

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.

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 Kristin Yarnell at 865-549-7007 or Jennifer@friendsofliteracy.org or Kristin@friendsofliteracy.org, respectively.