VITAL Services Online

VITAL Services Online

The global pandemic has closed classroom doors around the world, but adult literacy and language services remain essential during this time of health crisis and uncertainty. According to Proliteracy, over 36 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third grade level. Adults lacking these essential skills have increased vulnerability to COVID-19, and are at greater risk for financial instability and other social issues.

Volunteers in Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL) provides learning opportunities for adults who want to improve their reading, writing, math, or English-language skills. In order to safely continue services, VITAL services online provides distance learning opportunities that are flexible and can adapt to changing circumstances.

VITAL learners in a Zoom session

Virtual English Language Groups

VITAL volunteers offer weekly English language practice on Zoom. These small groups of English language learners practice speaking and listening, learn new vocabulary, improve pronunciation, and learn about American culture. The next session of English language groups begins September 6, new learners are welcome to join at any time.  

 

Guided Self-Paced Learning 

VITAL staff provide an initial assessment and help adult learners set goals for learning at their own pace, at times that are convenient for them. While the Library is closed, assessments will be conducted virtually via phone or video conferencing. Based on student preferences and technology access, we’ll recommend high quality print or online resources for learning:

Learning independently can be challenging. VITAL staff will help with selecting and accessing resources, and provide ongoing support, encouragement, and technology assistance for self-paced learners. When available, volunteer tutors may be assigned to help meet individual learning goals. 

Complete the  VITAL Interest Form to get started with VITAL services online.  VITAL staff will respond as soon as possible.  

VITAL services are evolving to meet the needs of the community, details on expanded services will be forthcoming.