Connecting adult immigrants to learning in the libraries

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Program Overview

RIFLI is a collaborative of 6 public library systems in Rhode Island who work together to provide the following classes: English as a Second Language, Citizenship Preparation, Family Literacy, Career and College Transitions and Computer Class for ESL Students . Participating library systems include the Cranston Public Library, East Providence Public Library, Pawtucket Public Library, Providence Community Library and Providence Public Library. In 2015 -16, RIFLI offered 23 classes at 9 libraries and community centers. RIFLI supports 4 Learning Lounges where adults can drop in for any academic or employment related need. Learning Lounges are open at the Cranston, East Providence, Pawtucket and Providence Public Libraries. Providence Public Library is RIFLI’s fiscal agent. West Warwick Public Library is an independent affiliate of RIFLI.

The program is staffed by a Director, an Assistant Literacy Program Coordinator, teachers and trained volunteers. All students take the CASAS test and are placed in classes according to their skill level. RIFLI classes range from Beginner to Advanced. Teachers design lessons based on student goals, needs and interests while incorporating a variety of speaking, reading, writing and listening skills. Classes are student focused and oriented to life skill development and strengthening education and employment options.  We are moving toward a 1:1 computer to student blended learning model.

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Online Learning Resources for Adults

This collection of self-directed online tools is designed to help improve computer skills, practice writing, prepare for US citizenship, and provide direction for employment needs.  Click here to access resources:  Learning Resources