Getting Started

Joplin NALA Read services are for English-speaking adults who want to improve their basic reading and writing skills and for students who want to improve their English language skills. Remember, these services are FREE. If you are interested in becoming an adult learner, know someone who would like to be a learner, or would just like more information, take these 3 easy steps:

Janus Lazarus, a volunteer NALA tutor and Board Member, works with a group of students at Joplin NALA Read.

Janus Lazarus, a volunteer NALA tutor and Board Member, works with a group of students at Joplin NALA Read.

Step 1:  Contact Us

Call us at 417-782-2646 
Visit us at 123 South Main Street, Joplin, Missouri 64801
Email us at joplinnala@123mail.org

Click here to view our contact information or to leave us a message and we will contact you!

Step 2:  Sit Down with Us

Once you connect with us, you will be invited to come in for a conversation with a literacy staff member at Joplin NALA Read. You will get an overview of the program and can see what the program has to offer. You will find out what you can expect and what’s expected of you. We will help you fill out a Student Data Sheet so that we can match you with a trained tutor. Get a smart start on your learning goals by reading and signing our Student Agreement.

Step 3:  Let the Learning Begin!

Soon after your meeting with literacy staff, you will be called and matched with a trained volunteer tutor. The tutor will call you and together you can schedule a time and a day that is convenient for both of you. Typically tutors and learners meet once or twice a week for about an hour at Joplin NALA.

  • You set the pace. There is no pressure, just a supportive environment for learning at your own speed.
  • We will supply you with books and materials but your are also welcome to bring books and materials from home or work to the tutoring session.
  • You and the volunteer tutor are a team. You can expect mutual respect and a positive experience.
  • If for any reason you do not feel comfortable with your tutor, just call Joplin NALA Read and we will work with you to find another tutor.