Adult Literacy FAQs 

  1. When and where can I take your classes?
  2. Are your classes available online?
  3. How many locations do you have?
  4. What do I have to do to enroll in Neuhaus adult literacy classes?
  5. What does it cost and how do I pay?
  6. What could be the source of my reading problem?
  7. What will I learn in your adult literacy classes?
  8. My friend/spouse/relative cannot read at all, can Neuhaus help?
  9. Do you offer Adult Basic Education (ABE) and GED classes?
  10. Do you offer Math classes?
  11. Do you have ESL classes?
  12. I volunteer in an adult literacy program in my community. Can you help me help my students?
  13. Do you have any tips for college success?

 

 

1. 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 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Classes are taught by Neuhaus Dyslexia Therapists. Most students attend classes for a minimum of two (2) semesters. 

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2. Are your classes available online?

We do not offer adult online classes.  During the COVID 19 pandemic, our 2020 spring semester met virtually via Zoom. While we prefer to offer our instruction in person at our facility, the virtual offering may continue for the fall 2020 semester.

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3. 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.

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4. 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 universities. Each semester is 16 weeks, including a oe-week break each semester. The spring semester begins in  mid-January and ends in early may. The fall semester begins in late August and ends in early December. Appointments for the screening can be made year around.

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5. 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. If you are unable to pay in full, payment plans can be arranged. 

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6. 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.

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7. What will I learn in your adult literacy classes?

Our classes are specifically targeted to the dyslexic student, but they can benefit all learners.

They are designed to teach the following:

Decoding: phonemic awareness, the six syllable types, syllable division strategies; 

Fluency: developing automatic recognition of words and fluent oral reading;

Vocabulary: study of words, word parts, word origins;

Comprehension: strategies for gaining meaning from text 

Spelling and writing: learning reliable spelling rules and patterns, grammar and parts of speech, sentence structure, and strategies for putting thoughts on paper.

You can’t learn everything at once.  Most students come to classes for at least 2 semesters

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8. My friend/spouse/relative cannot read at all. Can Neuhaus help?

It is difficult, but not impossible, for an adult who does not read at all to learn to read. We are not able to start a Basic Language Skills reading class every semester, but we would like to screeen the strudent in order to determine if there is a current class that would be beneficial. It takes several years of instruction become a fluent reader.

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9. 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, contact the Mayor's Office for Adult Literacy (MOAL).

Community colleges in most states offer GED and ABE classes.

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10. Do you offer Math classes?

We offer one math class each semester. The content is determined by the makeup of the class and its needs. This class usually focuses on fundamental math concepts, including  math facts, fractions, and lower level word problems. We do not offer math GED prep, but we can provide referrals for individuals or organizations that do.

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11. 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 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, contact the Mayor's Office for Adult Literacy (MOAL).

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12. 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 a 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 a link to our online class offerings, and/or you can contact us or call 713.664.7676.

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13. Do you have any tips for college success?


As a matter of fact, we do! Amir Bar is an alum of our adult literacy classes. He spent a summer in Boston at the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) creating a freely available e-book with 12 tips for college success.