Adult & Family Literacy Center

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Welcoming Falls Church's Adult & Family Literacy Center teaches English to immigrants and helps them settle into life in the area. We are passionate about welcoming immigrants and refugees to the community. Helping people learn English flows naturally from a welcoming spirit!

GET INVOLVED. Join our team of teachers, assistants and tutors to help refugees and immigrants gain the English skills they need to be successful! We also invite you to support our Adult & Family Literacy Center by purchasing items off our Amazon Wish List or by donating HERE.

TEACH or CO-TEACHa class on Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings at Oak Street Elementary School (fall and spring semesters)

ASSISTin a class with an experienced lead teacher

TUTORstudents to help develop their literacy skills

PROVIDE CHILDCAREwhile parents are in class

DONATEto Welcoming Falls Church to help support this program

We invite you to learn more about literacy and what we do. Responses to some frequently asked questions are below.

How does Welcoming Falls Church's Adult & Family Literacy Center help immigrants and refugees?

Welcoming Falls Church's goal is to create a community of neighbors where all members feel welcome and included. Our Adult & Family Literacy Center is focused on helping immigrants and refugees gain the literacy and language skills they need to thrive in our community. As part of our curriculum, we also invite community leaders to speak about local programs and initiatives. This year, we are also introducing a Children's Literacy Activities Program (CLAP!) to children, ages four to 10, of adults taking English language and literacy classes. Parents must register their child in advance. Email us with questions or to register.

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Who does Welcoming Falls Church partner with, to support the Adult & Family Literacy Center?

Welcoming Falls Church is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) and Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS), in support of the Adult & Family Literacy Center. LCNV's expertise, in the form of curriculum, teacher training, and general guidance, and FCCPS's willingness to host the program at Oak Street Elementary School as well as its financial support, are central to the success of the program. Thank you to our partners!

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Where and when do classes take place?

Our fall classes will be held at Oak Street Elementary (601 S. Oak Street, Falls Church, VA 22046) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm from Tuesday, Sept 27 through Thursday, Dec 15. (No classes the week of Nov 21--Thanksgiving week). Watch this space or email us for information about our winter/spring classes, as well.

How can I register for classes?

Registration for the fall semester will take place on Thursday, Sept 1 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Oak Street Elementary School cafeteria. Oak Street Elementary School (OSES) is located at 601 S. Oak St, Falls Church. (parking lot on Seaton Lane). Please bring proof of COVID vaccination and wear a mask to registration. If you miss the OSES registration, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) will be holding a second registration at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd, Falls Church, from 6:30-8:00 on Thursday, Sept 8. There is a LATE registration on Saturday, Sept 10 from 3-4:30 at James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd, Falls Church. Watch this space or email us for information about registration for our winter/spring classes, coming later in the fall.

Is childcare provided for children of adult English learners?

Yes, and please help us get the program off the ground by purchasing items on our Amazon Wishlist. This fall we will offer childcare to children ages four to 10 years old whose parents are taking English language and literacy classes. This new initiative, the Children's Literacy Activities Program (CLAP!) will focus on teaching your child pre-literacy and literacy skills to help them be successful in school--and have fun at the same time! Spaces are limited, so please email us for more information and to register.