The Literacy Practicum (LING 1900) at CU-Boulder is an outreach program that works with at-risk readers in the Colorado Front Range community to provide resources and support to improve literacy skills. CU students enrolled in LING 1000 (Language in US Society) have the opportunity to earn an extra credit hour while helping these at-risk readers, many from immigrant families where English is not spoken as the native language. LING 1900 participants visit one of our community partners on a weekly basis to volunteer as a “reading buddy” for children or adults within the Boulder area.
Students who participate in the Literacy Practicum discover that they can make a profound impact on the lives of English language learners. For many people living and working in the United States, limited proficiency in English restricts opportunities both economically and socially. Ling 1900 volunteers therefore learn much more than the theory behind the social problem of illiteracy; they also learn to be part of the solution.
Current LING 1000 Students
If you are currently enrolled in LING 1900 and are interested in volunteering, please, fill out the application here.