| Each One, Teach One (Adult Literacy Classes) |
Uses volunteers to teach students one-on-one how to read. More than 500 tutors and students work together in library locations. The average student takes 24 months to complete his/her reading goals. The library recruits, trains and matches volunteer tutors and students. In 2005 the program won the National Association of Counties (NACO) Act of Caring Award and Florida Literacy coalition’s Excellence in Education Award.
This program is available at all Broward County Libraries:
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| English Café & Crossroads Café (English Language Learner Classes)|
Designed for people who speak other languages, want to practice and improve English conversation, pronunciation, reading, and writing skills. Monthly, 23 branches offer approximately 200 classes to more than 2,000 participants.
English Café is designed for people who speak English at an intermediate level. In a casual classroom setting, participants practice English conversation. Focusing on vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar, the classes feature activities to enhance language skills, including discussions of newspaper articles, word games, role-playing, storytelling and improvised conversation. Basic English classes are available for low to intermediate speakers of English. English Café won the 2004 NACO Achievement Award.
These programs may be available at the following Broward County Libraries:
Crossroads Café features videos/DVDs and print materials designed for intermediate-level students of English. The half-hour videos/DVDs feature a cast of ethnically diverse characters and blend comedy and drama with integrated text materials based on each episode. The multi-level language exercises encourage students to develop story comprehension and language skills.
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| Literacy Help Center (LHC)|
Offers literacy improvement opportunities and increases use of and access to computer technology for underserved area youth and adults. The program is designed to assist students with homework, provide enhanced English language programs for adults and increase the availability of computer technology and training to all ages. The program provides additional literacy support in the form of dedicated literacy coordinators, laptop computers and software at nine library locations that have the greatest need for literacy services. Activities include Each One, Teach One adult literacy classes, English Café/Crossroads Café, Citizenship Classes and Homework Help for students in Grades K–12.
Broward County Library’s Literacy Help Center was awarded a 2011 NACo Achievement Award “in recognition of an effective and innovative program which contributes to and enhances county government in the United States.”
| Citizenship Classes (Newcomers to become new American citizens)|
Offered at 13 libraries. Self-paced question and answer practices and drills for individuals preparing to take the U.S. citizenship exam. General information, sample test questions with answers and access to the citizenship application. Citizenship eligibility, fees, and special cases will be discussed. These classes have assisted more than 100 students become citizens in the last year. This program is available at the following Broward County Libraries:
| Spanish Classes (Foreign Language Classes)|
Offered to those who would like to learn another language. Spanish classes are offered at 8 libraries.
El Club Spanish Classes (Basic Conversational Spanish Classes)
Available at the following Broward County Libraries: