Literacy Services Our services offer eligible students free one-on-one tutoring to increase their literacy. Instruction areas are reading, reading comprehension and listening. New Student Qualifications and Expectations Enrolling students must meet the minimum criteria: Live, work, or go to school in Oakland county Be 18 years or older Be reading below a ninth grade level and/or listening below an eighth grade level Once admitted to the program, students must commit to tutoring for one continuous year, independent study and meeting a tutor two hours every week. Literacy Services Student Assessment We review all requesting applicants for program eligibility. In most cases the applicant will be tested to determine the current reading level and listening level for ESL applicants. This information is the basis for tutor assignment, instruction and tutoring materials. An interview with a staff member covers all other eligibility and student requirements for the free tutoring program. Call now to get the review started (248) 253-1617 or fill out the Become a Student form on this page. *There is a one-time $25.00 application fee. Oakland Literacy Council will review program entry for students who are financially unable to pay the entry fee. One-on-one Literacy Instruction Oakland Literacy Council provides free one-on-one literacy instruction to students 18 years of age and older living, working or going to school in Oakland County. We provide one-on-one tutoring and support for reading, reading comprehension and listening. Oakland Literacy Council's Resource Library We have stocked our library with books and resources for readers at every level. Tutors can select books and learning materials that help their students to reach their literacy goals. ESL Conversation Groups Conversation groups give students the opportunity to practice what they are learning in a safe environment while surrounded by people who are ready to help. Field Trips Field trips offer our students the opportunity to experience and explore something first hand. The practice in real world situations will help them truly understand and make connections. Social Events Our social events are a favorite among our students and tutors. They are a wonderful way for students to show off the results of all of their hard work. The International Potluck (held annually) allows tutors and students to gather and share a dish from their native country. The food is always outstanding and there is also a great chance that you'll meet some new friends!