Mastering reading, writing, and comprehension of the English language can unlock a future of greater potential through access to better job opportunities. 

Due to our unique model at Indy Reads, our ELL Community Classrooms 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 6 hours a week in person or online. An Indy Reads teacher facilitates the overall lesson while trained tutors and AmeriCorps WorkLiteracy Coaches work with students in small groups. Tutors enable the instructor to teach at a pace appropriate to each student, rather than being forced to teach to the majority. When students reach a comfortable level in both reading and listening, they are eligible for our HSE Diploma program. Our Student Navigator can also connect students to certification programs or college education programs.

Update for 2022-2023 ELL Enrollment:

Thank you for your interest in joining an ELL class at Indy Reads. Our intake of new students for the current program year (July 2022 - May 2023) has ended.  

Please complete this interest form to give us your contact information. We will follow up with potential students in July to start orientations for the new program year that begins in August 2023. 

Our prospective student form will re-open on July 10th, 2023.  

Students seeking ELL classes are welcome to join our In-Person ELL Conversation Circle held at Indy Reads. The Conversation Circle group meets every Wednesday from 6-7pm at 1066 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46203. 

We look forward to meeting you soon!  

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