Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) provides free and confidential instruction to adults who have educational goals that are personal or academic.
Our services include one-on-one tutoring and small classes for Adult Literacy and ESL (English as a Second Language) students seeking to improve their reading, writing, math, and language skills.
Our staff conducts testing for each student, and trained volunteers provide instruction. We provide learning materials and skill books at the correct level and track student progress over time.
Want to learn more about what we do here at Cape Fear Literacy Council? Enjoy this short introduction video.
Adult Literacy (AL)
What are YOUR goals?
Do you want to….
* Improve your reading or writing?
* Increase your math skills?
* Prepare for the GED?
*Get support for your CFCC Adult High School or GED classes?
When you enroll at the Literacy Council, you will be matched with a tutor and given skill books at the right level. Students in our program can also take classes such as Study Skills, Computers, and Group Readers.
Our tutors are volunteers who go through training, and who want to help adults reach their educational goals. The books we use are research-based and designed for adult education programs. Our center has study rooms and is open 5 days a week – please see Hours of Operation below.
1. Call us at (910) 251-0911 and tell us you would like to become a student.
2. Make an appointment for an intake interview. Be ready to give your name, phone number, and reason for wanting to continue your education.
3. If you are directed to voicemail, make sure you leave your name and phone number.
Your first meeting will be with an Adult Literacy staff member and it usually takes about an hour. We will talk to you about your experiences and literacy goals. You will take an assessment test so we can match you with a tutor and the right skill books.
* You must be at least 16 years old and not enrolled in the public school system.
* You need time to meet with a tutor for 3 hours every week and to study and practice at home.
* You must be able to get to your classes on time.
* You need a working phone or email account, so you can stay in contact.
* You must be willing to be tested, so we can teach at the correct level and track your progress.
Tutoring at CFLC is free! We welcome students who are beginning readers and those with more advanced education and goals. However, continuing your education is a big commitment; you will need to dedicate time and effort to the program to be successful.
Location and Hours of Operation:
To Enroll, Please Make an Appointment:
(910) 251-0911, ask for Nancy.
Please include your name and telephone number in your message. Nancy will return your call.
firstname.lastname@example.org – Nancy Woolley, Adult Literacy Director
Please include your name and telephone number in your message.
1012 South 17th Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401. Please click here for location information.
Ask for Nancy.
What Our Students Say about Cape Fear Literacy Council
“I tell my pastor, I tell everyone at my church. I’m proud to come to the Literacy Council. It’s never too late, and I’m taking steps for my future.” ~ Cassandra, adult learner
“Ms. Peggy is such a good teacher! I used to hate math but she really breaks it down.” ~ Gloria, adult learner
“You will never know what my teacher has done for me. I know it’s going to take a while, but I am learning. And it feels good.” ~ Louis, adult learner
“My son is in kindergarten and I don’t want him to struggle like me. I want to finish school so I can be there for him.” ~ Allison, adult learner
English as a Second Language (ESL) Cape Fear Literacy Council offers free English classes for people who speak other languages and who are 16 and older. We provide English skills for communicating in daily life. We also help students meet their goals, whether they want to get better jobs, get their GEDs, go to a university, or become U.S. citizens.
English classes are offered on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Our classes help learners to improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
We also offer one-on-one tutors and tutoring with Skype for learners who have different schedules.
Preparation for U.S. citizenship and the naturalization exam and interview is on Sunday afternoons from 2:30-4:00 p.m.
The Civics class helps learners to prepare for the naturalization exam.
The Application Assistance class helps learners to complete their applications for citizenship, as well as any applications for reduced fees or fee waivers.
The Interview class helps learners to prepare for the naturalization interview by practicing the interview with a variety of different instructors.
Tutors work one-on-one to help learners prepare to take the math, science, social studies, and language arts GED tests.
All students must be 16 or older and not enrolled in the public school system.
All students meet privately with ESL staff and take an English test to identify the best classes for them. The test takes about one hour. We offer the test on Mondays from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Students do not need to make an appointment during those times. Students do not need to bring anything with them to take the test. We have open enrollment, which means students can begin classes soon after registering.
We will ask for the student’s name, home address, and phone number.
1012 South 17th Street, Building B, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401. Please click here for location information.
Sunday: 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
If you have any questions, please call (910) 251-0911 and ask for Melanie;
or email Melanie at email@example.com ;
or come in person to Building B at 1012 S 17th Street and ask for Melanie or Lauren.
An ESL student said, “Finding English classes at CFLC was a turning point for me.” It can be a turning point for you, too!
Meet Our Students
Cape Fear Literacy Council is very proud of our students and we enjoy highlighting their accomplishments as they make strides in their literacy goals.
Quotes from our students and tutors:
“My friend said that there’s a shut-down coming up at [a local company] and asked me if I wanted to do some cleaning work for three weeks. I went to the Safety Class this morning. At the end, I had to take a 25 question test on the computer, and I got all but one right. My tutor is going to be surprised – we were filling out job applications together and now here I have a job!” ~ Karen, adult learner
“Larry has, for the first time ever, recently completed reading a non-fiction book in its entirety. He is currently reading another book on his own time. He also has learned to consistently “read in phrases,” rather than reading each word one-at-a-time. He recognizes that many phrases are common (“by sight”) and repetitive, as well as used in everyday conversation. It’s almost moot to time his reading progress, since he has improved so much, but I will do this again soon.” ~ John, tutor
“I read to my three year old for the first time this week. I got one of your [free children’s] books and took it home and read to her. She was thrilled to death! Thank you.” ~ Kyle, adult learner
“I may be 37 years old and just getting my GED but I showed my daughters that if you work at something it will pay off.” ~Pat, adult learner
“He is doing well and working very hard on homework. He seems to be enjoying the material and likes to discuss the interesting facts at work. These factual chapters are very good at both providing challenging reading and word usage lessons and also broadening his general knowledge (and mine). We are having fun with it.” ~ Michelle, tutor
“When I came to the United States, I was a leafless, crooked tree. I was leafless for a long time. I needed some kind of help, but there was nobody to help me. I tried to watch TV programs, cowboy movies, soap operas, tried to understand everything that was going on. Then my two children grew old enough to watch TV. They watched Sesame Street every day. I learned my ABC’s from Sesame Street.
Eighteen years later I found a volunteer teacher from the Literacy Council. She takes care of me very well. Now my leaves grow very strong and green. Soon I am going to have red blossoms.
Thank you for my volunteer teacher, Shirley Morrow. We have become good friends. We are like sisters. This makes me more comfortable to study with her because I had problems with teachers when I was growing up. Also thank you for the Literacy Council. Without the Literacy Council I would be lost.”
~ Silva Beaty