Adult Learner Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who can be in the program?
Adults 18 years of age and older can enroll. You do not need to be a U.S. Citizen to be in the program. Once enrolled, you must commit to meeting regularly with your assigned tutor. If you frequently miss sessions without notifying your tutor, you will be subject to dismissal from the program.
How much does it cost to be in the program?
There is a one-time $20 registration/assessment fee for all learners. After that, the program is free for Manatee County Residents. You will be expected to pay for your books (approximately $12-$30 per book). Scholarships may be available for qualifying students.
How long will it take to get a tutor?
It may take a few months to be placed with a one on one tutor. In the meantime, we encourage you to join one of our online conversation classes. These are available 5 days a week and you can attend one or all the conversation classes. You may also be eligible to attend some of our other programs, like a book club, citizenship preparation, digital or financial literacy classes and more.
Do I have to take a written test to be in the program?
How long does the program take?
It depends on many factors: your incoming skill level, your personal goals, how frequently you meet with your tutor, and the work you put into practicing English outside of class. You can continue sessions for months or years.
Will I be expected to do work on my own time?
Where are lessons held and are sessions always one-on-one?
Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen?
Manatee Literacy Council does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, religion, race, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, or any other status protected by law. Individuals will be accommodated to the fullest extent as outlined in the ADA guidelines. Due to limitations of the volunteer-based program, Manatee Literacy Council is unable to serve some individuals who are cognitively disabled or developmentally disabled. Recognizing this policy, there may be individuals who, however willing, are not able to benefit from Manatee Literacy Council tutoring. If in the opinion of the tutor or a staff person and with the concurrence of the Executive Director, such a situation exists, the student will be advised that tutoring or continuing in tutoring is not recommended. If possible, the individual will be referred to another appropriate agency better able to meet his or her needs.