ESL & Basic Literacy Tutoring


“I came from China three years ago. At that time, I didn’t speak English well. I came to the Literacy Council in the Rockville Library. I got a tutor. One year later, I can shop in the grocery store and understand the labels.”

— Wei, ESL Tutoring Program

LCMC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) and Basic Literacy (BL) tutoring programs are among the largest in Montgomery County, serving 2,000+ adult learners each year.

The BASIC LITERACY TUTORING PROGRAM works with adults who speak and understand English but are reading and writing below a fourth grade level.

The ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESL) TUTORING PROGRAM works with adults who speak English at a low level; it teaches reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking.

Tutoring is carried out by trained volunteers who meet with one or more students at locations throughout Montgomery County, for 2 hours each week. Tutoring is an effective way to serve learners who …

  • have limited schedule flexibility

  • may have difficulty keeping up in a group classroom setting

  • have not attended school before

  • who need privacy or confidentiality

  • who simply need to learn at their own pace 

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