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)
The Adult Literacy program at CFLC provides free and confidential instruction to English-speaking adults who are trying to improve their education and contribute to a stronger community. Instruction is individualized and targeted to students’ personal goals and literacy needs. We provide one-on-one instruction for reading, writing, math, and test preparation for the GED and Accuplacer. We also offer supplemental classes for academic enrichment and specific skills.
Instruction schedules are flexible and based on student availability. Most students work one-on-one with a tutor for an hour and a half twice per week. CFLC provides adult-oriented research-based study materials free of charge. Tutors are trained volunteers who participate in a specially designed Instructional Workshop to help adults reach their educational goals.
Students must be at least 18 (or 16 and older if they have officially dropped out of school)
Students must be willing and able to complete a nationally standardized test so staff can assign materials at the appropriate level and track progress.
Students must be committed to attending class at least 3 hours per week and studying at home.
Students must have a reliable phone or email account in order to stay in contact with their tutors.
CFLC does not provide transportation or in-home tutoring; students are responsible for their own transportation to tutoring sessions.
Prospective students must call 910-251-0911 to schedule an intake appointment with staff. The process usually takes 1.5 – 2 hours.
The student will need to provide some basic contact and registration information.
Students should be prepared to discuss their educational background and goals.
Students will take a standardized assessment to determine their current literacy and/or math levels.
Location and Hours of Operation:
Adult Literacy Program Director
910-251-0911 ext. 101
Adult Literacy Program Assistant
910-251-0911 ext. 103
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ;
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