The Literacy Center at Adelphi University provides literacy assessment and instruction for students entering grades 1-12 who are experiencing difficulties in reading and/or writing. This includes problems with decoding, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing and study skills. Our teachers employ a variety of instructional approaches, based on the most current educational theory and research.
Assessment and instruction are provided by New York State-certified teachers completing certification or a Master’s degree in literacy. Each new student entrant is individually evaluated before the instructional sessions begin, and an individualized plan is developed to meet the specific literacy needs of each student. The evaluation includes a combination of formal and informal assessments, personal interviews, and writing samples.
Based on the results of the evaluation, students are placed in either small groups (no more than four students) or in an individual setting. Conferences inform parents of progress and make recommendations for support at home. At the end of the semester, a summary report is written for all students.
Our programs are offered during three semesters per year: Fall, Spring, and Summer. During the Fall and Spring semesters, classes meet for twenty, forty-five minute instructional sessions. The sessions meet twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday. Sessions begin at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30. In addition, Saturday classes are available; a single, ninety-minute session will be held per week. Starting times are at 8:30 a.m. and at 10:15 a.m.
The cost of instruction at our Center is $300 if individual placement is recommended and $150 if the student is placed in a group setting. There is also a $25 fee for application filing and a $50 charge for the student evaluation process.
Our Summer session meets five days a week during the month of July. The fifty-minute sessions begin at 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 12:00 p.m. Saturday classes are not available during the Summer session
Mary Ellen Rafferty
Director, Literacy Center
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