Program Details:

The Literacy Practicum

The Literacy Practicum (LING 1900) is an outreach program that works with members of the Boulder community to provide resources and support in literacy and language learning. We work with elementary school children learning to read as well as English language learners of all ages who need assistance in reading, writing, and speaking English. The collaboration involves sending CU Boulder students (or "Buff Buddies") to one of our community partners on a weekly basis to volunteer as mentors for children, adolescents, and adults within the Boulder area. Students who participate in the Literacy Practicum discover that they can make a profound impact on the lives of young readers and English language learners. In their coursework, our students learn how a limited command of the English language restricts opportunities economically and socially. The additional credit hour enables students to apply theories behind literacy and language learning to everyday life and thereby become part of the solution. Current community partners include Boulder Public Library, Family Learning Center, the CU Boulder SWAP Program, and University Hill Bilingual Elementary School.
This program is available to undergraduate students enrolled in Ling 1000, Ling 2400, Ling 3545, Ling 4800, or one of the linguistic department’s many TESOL courses. Students may also enroll in the program for repeat credit.

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

In Colorado

  • Boulder

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Boulder Reads
  • SWAP (Student-Worker Alliance Program)
  • The Family Learning Center

Sponsoring Units

Arts & Sciences, College of

  • Linguistics, Department of

Program Contact

Kira Hall
Associate Professor of Linguistics

Program Categories


  • Community Volunteering
  • Education (Adult)
  • Education (K-12)
  • Reading and Writing

Program Types:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Service Learning Course
  • Volunteer Services


  • Adult Learners
  • At-Risk Youth
  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Minority Group(s)
  • Students - ESL

We do our best to accurately represent CU Boulder’s outreach programs and services, but they are subject to change and may no longer be active in a community. Please contact the program directly for current information.