Our Services

LCMC provides a variety of learning pathways for students at all levels.  Programs are free or low-cost, and students are able to move from one program to another as their skills progress or their needs change. LCMC offers individual, small-group, and classroom options.  We rely on volunteers to help provide many of our direct services, along with professional educators.

ESL & Basic Literacy Tutoring 

LCMC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) and Basic Literacy (BL) tutoring programs are among the largest in Montgomery County, serving 800 or more 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 (ESL) tutoring program works with adults who speak English at a low level; it teaches reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking. Tutoring is offered by certified trained volunteers who meet with a student one-to-one or a small group of students at locations throughout Montgomery County. Each volunteer meets with the student one-to-one or in a small group for 2 hours each week.

Tutoring is an effective way to serve learners who …

  • have limited schedule flexibility
  • have special learning needs that may make it hard for them to learn in a classroom
  • have not attended school before
  • who need privacy or confidentiality
  • who simply need to learn at their own pace

Students entering the tutoring program pay a one-time fee of $20. For more information, contact Fidel at 301-610-0030, ext. 209 or fidel@literacycouncilmcmd.org

ESL Classes

LCMC offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at sites throughout Montgomery County. The classes are taught by professional certified educators. The classes also provide 9 hours of instruction for 10 weeks and meet the Maryland and national standards for adult ESL education.   We offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced level English classes.

There is no charge for the classes, but learners are strongly encouraged to purchase their own textbook.

For more information, contact Rishan at 301-610-0030, ext. 215 or rishan@literacycouncilmcmd.org

English Conversation Classes

Conversation classes are a great place for new English learners to practice and develop their skills in American idiomatic English in a supportive and friendly environment.  LCMC active or wait-listed learners may join the LCMC’s own conversation classes at sites around Montgomery County (availability may vary). LCMC conversation classes require pre-registration and a one-time $20 fee. The Montgomery County Public Libraries also offer free conversation “clubs” at most library branches, and do not require pre-registration.

To join a Literacy Council Conversation Class, contact Alexandra at 301-610-0030, ext. 217 or alexandra@literacycouncilmcmd.org

Computer-based Instruction

LCMC wait-listed and active students can supplement their classes or tutoring by practicing their skills in our five-seat computer-based language lab. Located in our Rockville office, the language lab is equipped with Focus on Grammar Interactive and Lexia SOS (Basic Literacy) software.  Students may schedule time at their convenience to work independently in the lab.

To enroll in the LCMC Computer Lab, contact Alexandra at 301-610-0030, ext. 217 or alexandra@literacycouncilmcmd.org


LCMC offers entry pre-testing for the Maryland iPathways program, a free, teacher-supported online learning program for GED® (General Educational Development) test preparation offered to Maryland residents. The General Educational Development Tests offer an alternate and acceptable way for an individual 16 years old or older to earn a high school diploma. Candidates who successfully complete the GED® Tests are awarded a Maryland high school diploma by the State Board of Education.

For more information, contact Ahu at 301-610-0030, ext. 204 or ahu@literacycouncilmcmd.org