In Our Words: Call for Stories

The Nashville Adult Literacy Council works with thousands of wonderful people each year from all different walks of life. When people are generous enough to share their stories with us, we feel so fortunate! In Our Words is a wonderful opportunity for learners and tutors at the NALC to share their stories with the world. Sometimes these … Continue reading

Meet the Staff: Yodit Beraki

Yodit Beraki first began working with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council in 2003 as a learner in our English program. She is originally from Eritrea, and moved to the United States in 2001. Yodit joined our staff in 2005, and has since helped the NALC in a variety of ways before taking on her current position as Program Assistant. Today … Continue reading

Meet the Staff: Patty Swartzbaugh

Patty Swartzbaugh started working with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council in 2009 as a volunteer tutor in the One-on-One Program. She worked with an English learner for two years and loved introducing her learner to American customs. During this time, Patty started working part time helping the NALC staff enroll learners in English classes around Nashville. In 2011, … Continue reading

Summer Challenge at NPL

The Nashville Public Library has a fun Summer Challenge going on now through August 15th! The Summer Challenge encourages children, teens, and adults to complete literacy, cultural, and community activities to earn points. With points earned, participants will receive entry to  a local organization like the Adventure Science Center or Cheekwood, a book bag, and a chance to win … Continue reading

Meet the Staff: Julie Kramer

Julie Kramer started volunteering with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council in 2003. As an English tutor in the One-on-One Program, she felt like she had discovered her true passion in life. She grew to admire the learners she worked with and loved helping them achieve their goals. After several years, she decided to change her focus and volunteered … Continue reading

Tennessee Electronic Library

We are so excited to share the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) with you today! TEL is a virtual library providing access to over 400,000 electronic resources, including magazines, podcasts, videos, e-books, and test preparation materials. Learners and tutors alike can benefit from these resources, and they can be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection. Best of all, … Continue reading

Meet the Staff: Sarah Coode

Sarah Coode began volunteering with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council in 1996. After having volunteered with a Knoxville literacy program during college, she was happy to be tutoring in this capacity once again. Sarah volunteered for five years, until she was hired as Literacy Specialist in 2001. As Literacy Specialist, Sarah is responsible for enrolling each of the … Continue reading

NALC Nomads

by Sally Tiven, English Tutor Now that NALC staff has brought you together, blessed the union, and provided the book, it’s time to select a venue for the dual endeavor of English study and cultural coaching. You may be surprised to learn that Target is the preferred study hall of several of my English learners. … Continue reading


by Yoon Kim, English Learner Panera is the most favorite place to meet my teacher to study English. The atmosphere is casual and coffee and soup are so good. Also I can get credit on my Panera card so often I get free coffee or pastry. If I were in the library, I would have … Continue reading


by Anhminh, English Learner I like to take the lesson with my tutor, Sally, at the Bruegger’s on White Bridge Road. It’s not too far from my house or my teacher’s. This is a cozy and friendly place. The seating has a little privacy so I can practice speaking English or I can read some … Continue reading

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