COMMUNITY CLASSROOMS: ELL

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For over 30 years, Indy Reads has promoted literacy to families and adults in Central Indiana. We believe that the foundation for success is literacy. High literacy levels give access to better educational, career, and developmental opportunities, but statistics show that 1 in 6 Hoosier adults currently read at or below a fifth-grade level. Through our interactive Community Classroom model, we offer programs for adult learners to increase literacy and English language proficiency. Our vision to Make Indianapolis 100% Literate will give everyone the necessary skills for a greater quality of life. For more information about Indy Reads, call (317) 275-4040 or visit www.indyreads.org.

Due to our unique model at Indy Reads, our ELL classes offer both highly individualized lesson plans that incorporate the goals of each student and sensory-cognitive instruction, which allows students to progress faster. The same instruction that we provide our literacy students also improves progress with ELL students, especially since English is not a phonetic language. Students attend class twice a week for two hours. An Indy Reads Instructor facilitates the overall lesson while trained tutors work with students in small groups of  1 to 3. Tutors enable the instructor to teach at a pace appropriate to each student, rather than being forced to teach to the middle. Class sizes are limited to 15-20 students. The small class size combined with small-group tutoring allows us to provide encouragement and extra support for low-level ELL students who often get lost in the shuffle, including those with learning difficulties. At the same time, we are able to challenge our higher-level students to help them reach their goals faster. When students reach a level 5 in both reading and listening, they are re-tested to determine their eligibility for the literacy program. When students reach a 6th grade reading level, our Student Navigators connect them to ABE/HSE, job certification or college programs to continue educational pursuits.