What
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WHAT WE DO
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The Washington Literacy Center(WLC) has been helping DC residents with the greatest barriers and fewest resources learn to read since 1963. Starting off as an all-volunteer initiative, the WLC has grown into a dynamic nonprofit with full-time staff, professionally-trained instructors, and passionate volunteers.

For approximately 90,000 of DC’s adults, low literacy skills are a barrier to just about everything –

completing their education, getting and keeping a decent job, and staying out of poverty.

The Washington Literacy Center removes the barrier by teaching basic skills – word attack (sounding things out), fluency (reading at a proper pace), and comprehension (understanding and thinking critically) – to adults who read below a fifth grade level.

We also have evolved to meet the demands of the 21st century by teaching math for everyday use, computer literacy, workforce and occupational literacy, and integrated instruction. We prepare our students for better jobs, continued education and real opportunities by providing them with hands-on opportunities. 

The WLC plans to expand to prepare more students for better work and educational opportunities. We can only make this difference with your help. You can change a life.

OUR CLASS CURRICULUM
INTENSIVE

The Intensive course is for students reading between the beginner- and approximately second-grade level when they enter. It is taught by certified teachers in small groups and is paced entirely by student mastery of the material. Students learn the basics of reading, spelling, writing and comprehension using research-based, multi-sensory techniques that were designed for people with reading disabilities.

Occupational literacy skills, such as planning, searching, and applying for employment, workplace safety and communication skills, are also incorporated into the lessons.

The Intensive course meets four times a week. Classes are 2 hours long.

JUST WORDS

Just Words is for students reading between approximately the third-to fifth-grade levels when they enter. It is designed for adults who need to improve their reading and/or writing proficiency. Reading and writing concepts are taught explicitly and are practiced for automaticity and accuracy. Word structure, vocabulary, and comprehension are emphasized.

The Just Words course meets four times a week. Classes are 2 hours long.

ADULT ESL LITERACY and EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS
ADULT ESL LITERACY and EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS

For beginning English language learners who have difficulty reading English and/or pronouncing English sounds.  This is an innovative pilot course, offered in conjunction with the Washington Literacy Center, the Washington English Center, and English Language Training Solutions.

 

Class size is limited to 8.  Rolling admissions.

For beginning English language learners who have difficulty reading English and/or pronouncing English sounds.  This is an innovative pilot course, offered in conjunction with the Washington Literacy Center, the Washington English Center, and English Language Training Solutions.

 

Class size is limited to 8.  Rolling admissions.

PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS and LITERACY SKILLS

For native English speakers or fluent non-native speakers who have difficulty reading and pronouncing English.  Designed to complement speech therapy and/or other literacy classes.  Combines word study, phonics, literature, composition, and pronunciation.

 

Class size is limited to 8. Rolling admissions.

ELECTIVES

The WLC knows that the best pathway to success for our students is to ensure they have access not just to literacy training, but also upskilling in all areas of life including:

COMPUTER TRAINING

This class is for students who want to start using computers or improve their existing skills. Topics include using the keyboard and the mouse, typing, word processing, saving, navigating to files and folders, using web browsers, using search engines, registering for email, and using email. At the end of the class all students who successfully completed the course receive a "Certificate of Completion".

 

LIFE SKILLS

Life skills are incorporated into all classes and are designed to empower our students to be successful in their communities, families, and careers.

 

MATH CLASSES

To ensure our students have the math skills they needed to succeed, we recently began offering small-group math classes. Students are placed into math classes based on their current level.

 

DRIVERS LICENSE TEST PREP CLASS

This class is for students interested in taking their Driver's License Test. Students learn signs and symbols of the road, talk through common driving scenarios, and take practice tests as a group. There is no actual driving involved in the course.

The Washington Literacy Center relies on the support of our community. Make a donation today to help make reading a reality.

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The space between illiteracy and literacy is dignity.

- Azar Nafisi

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