Focus on the Coast Blog: Cape Fear Literacy Council Seeks Tutors

CFLC Seeks Tutors

Written by Matthew Holdren

Cape Fear Literary Council (CFLC) envisions a community in which illiteracy has been eradicated. Over the last 25 years the council has certified approximately 2,000 tutors who have attempted to make that vision become a reality. 2014 brings opportunities to join those volunteers and potentially change an adult student’s life. Next Wednesday, March 5, CFLC is holding a special orientation for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer tutor.

Though this free orientation isn’t required, potential tutors are encouraged to attend so they can be introduced to CFLC, how it benefits the Wilmington community, and its requirements for volunteers.

There is a period of training each person must go through (three to four courses that usually last three hours), and tutors cannot be matched with a student unless all classes are attended. These courses are taught over a two-week period and teach potential tutors different techniques and necessary information for tutoring adult learners. Teaching alphabetic principles, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency are a few topics included in the courses. Tutors are required to be 18 years old and must have obtained a high school diploma, as well as dedicate approximately five hours per week, including classroom time and some at home preparation.

It’s also important to realize the unique process of tutoring adult learners who often lead complicated lives, with demanding schedules, making it hard to achieve significant educational progress. Literacy is something many adults take for granted, and helping someone on their educational journey is a powerful experience. “Most of our adult students seek us out by choice because they have a personal goal for self-improvement,” Literacy Program Assistant, Nancy Woolley said. “This often makes them very motivated and eager to learn.”

The Cape Fear Literacy Council will hold its orientation at their Wilmington offices at 1012 S 17th St. on Wednesday, March 5at 10am.

For additional information or questions about becoming a tutor, or simply getting involved with the CFLC, call 910-251-0911 or visit

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