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What do we do?
The English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutoring Program provides one-on-one or small group English instruction for adults who speak English at a low level. Students will learn how to understand, speak, read and write in English.

The Basic Literacy Tutoring Program works with adults who speak and understand English but are beginning readers and writers – adults who read and write below a fourth-grade level.

Where do students learn?
Students are taught at a public place near home or work.  Many students are taught in public libraries.

When do students learn?
Students tell us when it is a good time for them to learn — morning, afternoon, evening, or weekend.  We find a tutor to meet with them at that time.

What does it cost?
Students pay a one-time registration fee of $25.00.  There are no other costs.

Who can be a student?
Students must live or work in Montgomery County.  Students in the tutoring program must be age 18 or older (and not be enrolled in public school).

How can I become a student?
Call the Literacy Council at 301-610-0030 ext 207 to speak with Ruth Seidenspinner, Tutoring Program Manager, who will schedule you for an interview appointment at our Rockville office. Please leave your name and phone number if Ruth is unavailable at the time of your call. You can also email Ruth at

Office hours are Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.