Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


The internship took place in the Monterey County Free Library in the Adult Literacy Program. Monterey County has the lowest literacy rate among adults. Monterey County residents are foreign-born who are residents with no or some English skills. The county has language barriers between the residents and businesses. The contributing factors of low literacy rates are foreign-born having no English skills, access to education to adults and parents, and learning disabilities. If the issue continues in the cycle, Individuals are who are illiterate will face low income or unemployment, which leads to the transmission of illiteracy, and low self-esteem and shame. The capstone project is an English group conversation curriculum. The curriculum is designed to help residents to build English skills to break the cycle of low literacy rates in Monterey County. The curriculum is based on a previous conversation group from Castroville. The curriculum has twelve topics with lesson plans and conversation questions for the participants. The results are unknown at this moment due to the coronavirus pandemic.