The Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC), which provides FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL instruction to adults who want to improve their skills for living and working, is recruiting tutors for its popular ESL Program (English as a Second Language). Currently, CFLC has 102 active ESL students in small group classes and one-on-one pairs, with another 8 students on a waiting list. CFLC’s ESL students represent over 35 countries and languages, and all now live and work in the Cape Fear region. Volunteer tutors are needed as students wait for placement in the ESL program.

“As a non-profit, we rely on the support of volunteers to help adults improve their literacy and English language skills and reach their goals,” Caroline Scorza, board member at Cape Fear Literacy Council, explained. “Tutors often continue volunteering with us from year to year, making a lasting difference in the lives of their students.”

All CFLC tutors are trained to provide one-on-one instruction to adult learners and receive continuous support from our program staff. ESL tutor training begins on Monday, August 23, from 6-7:30 PM via Zoom. To become an ESL tutor, volunteers must:

  • Be 18 or older and a high school graduate. No teaching experience or foreign language proficiency is required.
  • Complete a 9-hour tutor training workshop for English as a Second Language to become Pro-Literacy Certified (6 hours of instruction and approximately 3 hours of independent homework).
  • Attend each of 4 sessions: Monday 8/23, Thursday 8/26, Monday 8/30, and Thursday 9/2, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
  • Pay a one-time $30 registration fee to cover materials.
  • Commit to 1:1 tutoring for 3 hours/week plus prep for at least six months. Class instructors commit to 1.5-3 hours/week for eight-week sessions.

“All of my students make me proud!” an ESL tutor recently reflected. “They show up and keep working towards their goals of becoming more proficient in English.” Interested parties should call (910) 251-0911 to learn more and register for the upcoming tutor training. More information, including a list of frequently asked questions, can be found at