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.
Getting Started


Free tutoring for adults, provided by VITAL-trained volunteers:
  • 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.  
cathyrobertstongrad518.pngAdult Learning
Adult learners may have difficulty identifying letters or words, reading the newspaper, filling out forms, or doing simple math. VITAL welcomes them all, from non-readers to those studying for a high school equivalency exam. VITAL’s learner-centered approach accommodates different learning styles by providing individualized lesson plans and high quality resources.

TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) High School Equivalency Exam Information and Resources

“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.

Citizenship Information and Resources

 “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


Getting started:

  • 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: Vital AgreementAs 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
  • ENL Conversation Groups Drop in at the VITAL office during regular library hours. First-time visitors register at the VITAL desk before attending class. Staff will conduct an informal language assessment, recommend learning resources, and provide the ENL Conversation Groups Schedule.
  • VITAL Tutoring Opportunities
  • VITAL Resources:

    Reading and invitalmtrls_4.jpgstructional materials are available for adult learners at a variety of reading levels. Materials in the VITAL Collection may be borrowed for up to 6 weeks. VITAL Computers feature Learning Resources for interactive, self-paced learning in Reading and Math, English as a New Language, Computer Skills, and Test Preparation.

    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.