Adult Literacy FAQs
- When and where can I take your classes?
- Are your classes available online?
- How many locations do you have?
- What do I have to do to enroll in Neuhaus adult literacy classes?
- What does it cost and how do I pay?
- What could be the source of my reading problem?
- What will I learn in your adult literacy classes?
- My friend/spouse/relative cannot read at all, can Neuhaus help?
- Do you offer Adult Basic Education (ABE) and GED classes?
- Do you offer Math classes?
- Do you have ESL classes?
- How can I volunteer in the Neuhaus adult literacy program?
- I volunteer in an adult literacy program in my community. Can you help me help my students?
- Do you have any tips for college success?
When and where can I take your classes?
Neuhaus Education Center offers continuing education classes for adults 18 years and older who wish to improve their reading and spelling skills. All of our adult literacy classes are taught at Neuhaus Education Center, 4433 Bissonnet Street, Bellaire, TX 77401
Classes are held twice a week 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Some classes are scheduled for Monday/Wednesday and others for Tuesday/Thursday. (Class placement will determine which schedule is followed.)
Classes are taught by academic language therapists and classes are kept small for maximum learner benefit. Most students attend classes for a minimum of two (2) semesters.
Are your classes available online?
We do not currently have classes online for the adult classes. We are planning such classes, so please check back.
How many locations do you have?
There is only one location for Neuhaus classes. The address is 4433 Bissonnet in Bellaire, TX 77401. We are near the intersection of Newcastle and Bissonnet.
What do I have to do to enroll in Neuhaus adult literacy classes?
It is helpful to you and important to us that you are placed in a class that will be most beneficial to you. We require potential students to come to Neuhaus to take a few standardized tests to determine a current reading and spelling level for placement purposes. The charge for this screening is $25. Classes are organized by semesters like most school years. Each semester is 16 weeks with a week break in each semester. The spring semester begins toward the end of January and ends in mid-May. The fall semester begins in late August and ends in mid-December. Appointments for the screening can be made year around. Students who have completed the interview and screening are contacted the week before classes begin and enrolled the first night of classes.
What does it cost and how do I pay?
Thanks to generous donors who support our adult literacy classes, the tuition for 60 hours of class is only $200 per semester. Payment is due the first evening of class. Payment plans can be arranged at that time. There is a small financial aid/scholarship fund for those who need it. Please ask for an application.
What could be the source of my reading problem?
Difficulties in reading and spelling could be the result of:
- Learning difficulties, such as dyslexia;
- Poor decoding skills;
- Limited knowledge of the structure and patterns of the English language;
- Limited vocabulary and language skills;
- Inadequate strategies for comprehension; and/or
- Difficulty making inferences.
What will I learn in your adult literacy classes?
Our classes for adult students are designed to teach:
Alphabetics: phonemic awareness, the six syllable types, syllable division strategies, reliable spelling patterns, rules for adding prefixes and suffixes
Fluency: developing automatic recognition of words and fluent oral reading
Vocabulary: study of words, word parts, word origins, and grammar
Comprehension/composition: strategies for gaining meaning from text and for putting thoughts on paper
Spelling and writing: with a good base in alphabetics, students learn reliable spelling rules and patterns. This is an intensive curriculum called Multisensory Reading and Spelling.
You can’t learn everything at once. Most students come to classes for at least 2 semesters.
My friend/spouse/relative cannot read at all, can Neuhaus help?
It is very difficult, but not impossible, for an adult who does not read at all to learn to read. We are not able to start Basic reading classes every semester, but we would like to screen the student in order to understand which class would be most helpful. It takes several years of instruction become a fluent reader.
Do you offer Adult Basic Education (ABE) and GED classes?
We do not offer ABE or GED classes. Our program is narrowly focused on improving literacy skills of decoding, reading, spelling, and reading comprehension.
To find ABE and GED classes in the Houston area, call the Houston Center for Literacy, 713 640 8217 or go to their web site www.houread.org .
Community colleges in most states offer GED and ABE classes as they are often federally-funded programs.
Do you offer Math classes?
We do not offer math classes.
To find ABE and GED classes that include math, call the Houston Center for Literacy, 713.640.8217 or go to their web site www.houread.org. Community colleges in most states offer GED and ABE classes, which include math, as they are often federally-funded programs.
Do you have ESL classes?
We do not offer classes to learn to speak English. If you are an English language learner who has a very good oral vocabulary in English and would like to learn more about the structure of English for reading and spelling, our classes may be helpful to you.
Contact us (email or call 713.664.7676)
If you want to learn to speak English there are several places to enroll. To find English as a Second Language (ESL) classes call the Houston Center for Literacy, 713.640.8217 or go to their web site www.houread.org.
How can I volunteer in the Neuhaus adult literacy program?
If you live in the Houston area and would like to commit to volunteer as an assistant to the teacher in our evening classes at least once a week for at least one semester, please contact us (email or call 713.664.7676) for more information.
I volunteer in an adult literacy program in my community. Can you help me help my students?
Yes. We have several online classes that will give you deeper knowledge of the structure and patterns of English that will help you make the most of the literacy course you are using with your students. Here is link to our online class offerings, and/or you can contact us (email or call 713.664.7676).
Do you have any tips for college success?
As a matter of fact we do! Amir Barr is a graduate student and an alum of our adult literacy classes. He spent the summer in Boston at the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) creating a freely available e-book with 12 tips for college success.