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 to improve literacy skills. 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. Students enrolled in this service-learning course have the opportunity to earn an extra credit hour while helping their “reading buddies,” many from immigrant families where English is not spoken as the native language. The collaboration involves sending CU Boulder students to one of our community partners once a week to volunteer as mentors for children 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 second language learning to everyday life and thereby become part of the solution.

This program is available to undergraduate students enrolled in Ling 1000, Ling 3545, Ling 4800, or one of the linguistic department’s many TESOL courses.

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