Transforming Lives Through Literacy

How to Help

  • Tutor 2-3 hours per week
  • Refer someone for tutoring
  • Make a donation
  • Volunteer your expertise

Our Vision

We envision a community where all adults have the literacy skills that enable them to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Our Mission

We provide free, one-to-one tutoring for adults reading at or below 6th grade level. We work with both Basic Literacy students and new English learners.

Copyright © Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program

PO Box 1113, Española, NM 87532   •   505-747-6162 (office)  505-614-5748 (cell)


Physical address:  Española Public Library at Lucero Center, 313 Paseo de Oñate




​​​​​​English as a Second Language (ESL) Program:

In our English as a Second Language program, tutors work with adult students who are learning the fundamentals of speaking, reading and writing in English. 


Our English as a Second Language tutor training is certified through ProLiteracy and consists of a full day (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) training, plus an orientation and a follow-up session.


English as a Second Lanaguage tutor instruction involves all language components: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Using VAKT (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile) methods, and hands-on role-playing activities, you will learn effective strategies for teaching spoken and written English to native speakers of other languages.  Due to the intense nature of this training, attendance is required at all sessions. Ruth Johnson Colvin's text I Speak English: A Guide to Teaching Adult English Language Learners is the companion material to the training course.


It is NOT necessary to speak a foreign language in order to be an ESL tutor.


The next English as a Second Language tutor training will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Contact us for details! 505-747-6162 or read@raalp.org




 

Passionate about reading?

Looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity?


Help an adult improve their reading or English-language skills by becoming a volunteer literacy tutor. Tutors make a volunteer commitment of two hours per week. 


Tutor Training

Volunteers become tutors by taking a free, two-day training provided by the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy (NMCL). After training, tutors are matched with an adult student. The student-tutor team map out specific short- and long-term goals set by the student. Together they implement a plan to meet these literacy goals.


Student goals might include:

  • filling out a job application

  • understanding prescription medication labels

  • reading to children or grandchildren

  • any other reading-related purpose


Basic Literacy (BL) Program:

In our Basic Literacy program, tutors teach adult students the fundamentals of reading and writing.


Our Basic Literacy tutor training is certified through ProLiteracy and consists of a full day (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) training, plus an orientation and a follow-up session.


Literacy instruction involves all language components: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Using VAKT (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile) methods, and hands-on role-playing activities, you will learn effective strategies for teaching adults to acquire literacy skills. Due to the intense nature of this training, attendance is required at all sessions. Ruth Johnson Colvin's classic text Tutor: A Collaborative, Leaner-Centered Approach to Literacy Instruction for Teens and Adults is the companion material to the training course.


The next Basic Literacy tutor training date is not yet scheduled. Contact us for more details! 505-747-6162 or read@raalp.org.


 

Newly-minted Basic Literacy Tutors with Tutor Trainer Susan Roybal