English as a Second Language (ESL)

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 Learning

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.

GED Preparation

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.

Program Hours:

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.

Closed Fridays

If you have any questions, please call (910) 251-0911 and ask for Melanie;

or email Melanie at mnelson@cfliteracy.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!