I spoke with Bob Bethke, a tutor who teaches four Spanish-speaking men two evenings a week at the center. Christine Agrew, an English Education major from John Brown University, is a tutor to six Spanish-speaking adult students two evenings per week. She said that is has been "one of the best experiences." Four of her students are sisters, and the other two are brothers, and their ages range from the mid-20's to 40's. There are also one-on-one tutoring opportunities available.
Before leaving, I spoke with the DLC's affable Executive Director, John Marter. Upon my mentioning his distinctive accent, he said that he was from "the South"- South Africa, that is. He and his wife have lived all over the world, and have been in Siloam Springs for the past three years. He told me that since July 2008, the DLC has served 143 students. 12% of those are ABE (Adult Basic Education) students and 88% are ESL (English as a Second Language) students.