Helping adults learn to read and write

This Sunday, CW 14 Focus host Robert Hornacek was joined by three guests from Literacy Green Bay to talk about the growing program of adult illiteracy.

According to Literacy Green Bay, 36-million people in the United States can’t read or write.

English Student Beatriz Sanchez and her tutor, Molly Karjala, shared their experiences on the show. Shelley Karnz, the manager of adult programs for Literacy Green Bay, also appeared on the program.

The Green Bay organization teaches English skills to immigrants and people who grew up in this country.

“Those students that come from a different country learn English as a second language. Many of them had schooling. We have a lot of students that have a college degree in their country,” Karnz said. “A lot of our native English speaks that come to us for help; they either didn’t do well in school the first time around. They dropped out because of family problems or personal issues.”

CW 14 Focus is a weekly, half-hour interview program that focuses on the issues important to people in northeast Wisconsin. Each week, Robert Hornacek will sit down with a different guest and go beyond the sound bites. The program will highlight the people making a difference in the community and give viewers an opportunity to get in depth perspective. CW 14 Focus airs Sundays at 10 a.m.

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