Adult Literacy


The adult literacy program is a community-based volunteer organization which provides a variety of services to enable adults to achieve personal goals through literacy. We also assist learners to utilize the public library as a resource for lifelong learning.

“This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement”.

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Literacy definition
The ability to read, write, calculate, speak, and understand, as well as sign (for the Deaf) and communicate in other forms of language, according to need. Literacy is a continuum of these skills necessary for everyday life in the home, at work, in education, and in the community. Basic skills are the additional skills a learner needs to use their literacy skills, such as, digital technology, interpersonal skills, problem solving and critical thinking.


– Through the contributions of trained volunteer tutors, one-on-one tutoring held at library branches convenient to both the tutor and learner.
– Free classes for learners focused on employment goals. These classes take place at Central Library.
– Free weekly classes in which we teach reading, writing, numeracy and self-management skills to adults with developmental challenges. These classes also take place at Central Library.
– Through training and support, we help build the skills and abilities of our volunteer tutors so that they gain confidence and fulfillment in teaching an adult to read.
– Adult literacy upgrading for the Deaf.


– Sensitization to the adult non-reader
– Basic concepts of teaching reading to adults using learning strategies and materials
– Lesson planning
– Characteristics and responsibilities of a good tutor

Tutoring sessions take place in any of the Windsor Public Library’s branches

Four (4) hours a week of instruction. Allow enough time between lessons for independent work by the learner.

Minimum of one calendar year

Provide encouragement and support by
– Helping the learner develop self-concept and self-worth by complimenting them on their efforts, problem-solving strategies, participation in lessons and even their appearance
– Showing acceptance of learner by listening to what they have to say and demonstrating personal concern
– Helping learner develop a positive attitude toward learning by giving them learning tasks that they are able to perform and praising their performance and effort
– Encouraging learner to continue responding to difficult materials by being supportive rather than critical of their mistakes
– Meeting regularly and punctually

  1. Give learners lessons designed just for them according to their personal, academic and employability goals
  2. Review with learner the work they have completed independently
  3. Report to the Coordinator regularly on learner progress and any changes in schedule
  4. Keep a record / journal of learner progress

Dependable and prompt, interested in people and able to relate and be compatible to their needs, respectful of confidentiality, literate (professional training not necessary), flexible, friendly, patient and optimistic.

-Broadened imagination for creative problem solving
– Deepened understanding of values and lifestyles different from your own
– Excellent resume-building experience


We can help you achieve your goals!
We provide training that is:

  1. Transition-oriented
  2. Task-based
  3. Goal-directed
  4. Learner-centred

How do I become a learner?
If you are 19 years of age and older, have little or no reading skills and your first language is English, this program may be for you.

In order to be eligible for our literacy program, you must be:
– An Ontario resident
– An adult whose literacy and basic skills are assessed at intake as being less than end of Level 3 of the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) or the OALCF
– At least 19 years old
– Proficient enough in speaking and listening to benefit fully from the language of LBS instruction (English). Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 6 for speaking and listening is the recommended minimum level of proficiency required to benefit from LBS instruction. This eligibility requirement does not apply to a Deaf learner.

For the adult literacy student we provide:
– Free one-on-one tutoring
– High-interest low-level materials
– Tutor matching based on convenient time and location
– Information, referral, and support
– Computer assisted instruction

Contact us for more information, or to schedule an assessment:

Windsor Public Library
Adult Literacy Program
850 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, Ontario
N9A 4M9
Phone: (519) 255-6770 ext. 4460
Fax: (519) 255-7207
TTY for hearing impaired: (519) 252-4775




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  3. Hala Ali says:


    I am currently enrolled in a Master’s of Education in Second Language Acquisition, Culture and Society and I am interested in the Adult Literacy Program. It is a great opportunity for me to empower and help others while I am practicing my skills and knowledge.

    I am willing ta start as soon as possible.

    Thank you.

    • madeinwindsor says:

      Thanks for your interest! You can contact Rachel Blok in our Literacy Department at 519-255-6770 ext.4460 for more information on how to get involved.

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