Purpose & Goals

Our Purpose is: to promote literacy in Washington County by providing free individualized basic reading/writing instructions to the semi-literate and illiterate, and conversation skills to non-English speaking people.

Our Goals are:

  • To provide individualized basic reading and writing instruction to non-literate, semi-literate to residents of Washington County over 18 years old.
  • To provide free, individualized conversation skills, reading and writing instructions to non-English speaking residents of Washington County over 18 years old.
  • To train people to be Tutors who are over 18 years old, fluent in English, can commit to meeting with a student at least one-two hours each week, possess patience, enthusiasm, dedication, flexibility, cultural sensitivity and a desire to help someone else.

Each One Teach One:  In the 1930s, Frank C. Laubach was working in the Philippines as an American missionary.  He developed a method of teaching an illiterate tribe to read.  This method transformed the manner of teaching adults all around the world.  Dr. Laubach realized that, unlike children, functionally illiterate adults have years of experience and large vocabularies; they simply need basic instruction in how to decipher and recognize the spoken word in its written form.  The Laubach Method is highly structured, emphasizing phonics training in combination with simple word recognition, a system that can and does teach any language.  Dr. Laubach’s “Each One Teach One” method is used today throughout the world in helping adult tutors teach other adults how to improve their reading skills.