Adult Education FAQ
- 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?
- 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?
The Neuhaus Education Center offers continuing education classes for adults 18* years and older who wish to improve their reading and spelling skills. Our in-person adult literacy classes are taught at Neuhaus Education Center, 4433 Bissonnet Street, Bellaire, TX 77401. Our virtual classes are taught via Zoom.
In-person classes are held twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Virtual classes are held on either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from either 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. or 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Classes are taught by Certified Academic Language Therapists, who are dyslexia therapists. Most students attend classes for a minimum of two (2) semesters.
*Students aged 16 and 17 can be considered for the program pending an interview.
Some classes are offered virtually via Zoom. Other classes meet in-person.
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.
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 complete 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 one-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-round.
While the 60 hours of classes each semester is valued at $1,000 per adult learners, we are able to offer the classes free of charge to participants thanks to generous donors.
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.
Our classes are specifically targeted to students with dyslexia, 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.
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 new class every semester, but we would like to screen the student to determine if there is a current class that would be beneficial. It may take several years of instruction to become a fluent reader.
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.
Not at this time, but we can provide referrals for individuals or organizations that do.
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 email AdultLiteracy@neuhaus.org, 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).
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 email us at AdultLiteracy@neuhaus.org, or call 713.664.7676.
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.