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Formal education isn’t always an option for Latino immigrants, especially adults. Teaching native-language literacy first can significantly increase the percentage of Latino immigrants who feel confident enrolling and succeeding in English language classes and other adult education classes.
Not only is achieving literacy in Spanish a necessary first step toward English acquisition, but learning to read and write in one’s primary language is vital to success and self-confidence in the workplace, managing health care, or raising children, etc. In addition, eradicating non-literacy among Latinos could add billions of dollars to our economy and lower health care and social-service costs.
Leamos (Let's Read) is an online Spanish literacy course for Spanish speakers with two years or less of formal education. Leamos helps those who did not attend school as children to learn basic literacy so they can confidently pursue other educational goals for the first time in their lives, including learning English, passing the citizenship exam, etc. It teaches non-literate Spanish speaking adults to read and write Spanish at a basic level with the help of a tutor. The course consists of 43 self-paced instructional lessons divided into nine modules. It takes approximately 150 hours to complete.
There are 36 million low-literate American adults. Of those 36 million, a little under 1.6 million are non-literate Spanish speaking adults. ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, acquired Leamos in 2018 from Centro Latino in order to scale this effort and improve the quality of life for adults by increasing literacy rates.About Proliteracy
Empowering adults through literacy for more than 60 years.
ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, believes that a safer, stronger, and more sustainable society starts with an educated adult population. For more than 60 years, ProLiteracy has been working across the globe to create a world where every person can read and write.
ProLiteracy aims to solve socioeconomic problems like world health, gender equality, poverty relief, and more through literacy. To do this, we must start by building a more literate adult population. Because when individuals the world over learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers, the more likely they are to lift themselves out of poverty, contribute to improved health care costs, and find and keep sustainable employment.
We improve the quality of life for adults by increasing educational access and awareness to raise literacy rates worldwide. ProLiteracy promotes adult literacy through technology and a network of education programs and partners that use our unique research, advocacy, professional development, and student educational materials. Our goal is to increase access to educational resources for adults who want and need to improve their literacy skills and to help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of adult literacy programs.
ProLiteracy was formed in 2002 when Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America, two of the world’s oldest and largest adult literacy organizations, merged. The merger created more educational opportunities for adult learners through an expanded national network and new international initiatives.
WE ADVOCATE for awareness, funding, and support to create a more literate society.
WE PROVIDE professional development to increase the capacity and quality of adult literacy programs.
WE PRODUCE more than 400 print and digital instructional tools for tutors and students.
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