VITAL offers a safe, respectful learning environment for adults who want to improve their reading, writing, math, or English language skills. Adults of all ages, nationalities, and economic and social backgrounds are welcome at VITAL.
One-on-One Adult Learning Reading, writing, comprehension, and basic math skills
- One-on-One English as a New Language (ENL) Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills for beginning to intermediate ENL learners (more advanced ENL tutoring as available)
- ENL Conversation Groups Practice everyday conversation skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Intermediate to advanced English speakers learn about US culture and opportunities to connect with the local community.
“I’ve never read a book before. Now I’ve read 3!” –A VITAL learner
English a New Language (ENL)
Whether experiencing English for the first time or having studied English previously, ENL learners may struggle to communicate in everyday life. ENL tutors individualize lesson plans to help learners take more active roles in the community, including U.S. Citizenship test preparation—learn how to make appointments, get a job, help children with homework, and other goals.
“The tutoring helped me pass my citizenship test. She explained everything to me with lots of examples. It made sense. She is so friendly and she encourages me.” –A VITAL Learner
- One-on-One Tutoring To make an appointment for a new learner, call (812) 349-3173 or email vital [at] mcpl.info. Appointments last about 45 minutes and include a skills assessment, learning preferences and goal setting. Learners will be matched with a tutor based on mutual availability and learning preferences. New tutors and learners are asked to commit to the following: As a VITAL tutor/learner I agree to:
- Meet in a public place (not a private residence)
- Schedule and keep weekly tutoring sessions.
- Contact my tutor/learner in advance if I must cancel
- Set goals and work towards them together (6 months minimum)
- Prepare for meetings by completing homework or lesson planning
Visit the VITAL Collection at the Main Library in Bloomington.
Successful students are motivated to learn, and have decided for themselves to participate in the VITAL program. Try these ideas for talking with a friend or client about reading.
VITAL may not always be equipped, nor obligated, to serve all learner applicants. Indiana University students are not eligible for one-on-one tutoring. Information about more educational and literacy organizations.