Become a Learner at Chatham Literacy

Chatham Literacy provided free adult education to those living or working in Chatham County. We match people who want to learn with people who volunteer to teach. Our programs fall under the categories of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Citizenship, and Adult Goal-Based Education.

If you are interested in our educational programs as either a student or tutor, please contact us at 919-742-0578 or Or use the buttons below to download an application.

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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Proficiency in speaking English can open many doors of opportunity. Learning English in America is important because it enables effective communication, promotes integration, creates educational and career opportunities, fosters independence, and encourages cultural understanding.

Our students are matched with a volunteer tutor to provide one-on-one or classroom instruction. Together, they work to achieve the student’s goals.

If you are interested in improving your English skills, or if you are intersted in becoming a tutor, please contact us at 919-742-0578 or Or use the buttons above to download an application.


New US citizen

Citizenship provides a sense of belonging, legal protection, and the ability to fully participate in civic life. It offers opportunities for political engagement, including voting and running for public office, allowing immigrants to influence decisions that affect their lives. Citizenship grants access to government benefits and social services, enhances job prospects, and provides a sense of stability and security. Moreover, citizenship affirms commitment to the values and principles of the United States, fostering a stronger connection to the country and enabling immigrants to fully realize the American Dream.

We help people who want to become citizens study for citizenship test. It involves the history, government structure, and civic responsibilities of the United States. Aspiring citizens engage in diligent preparation, delving into topics such as the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the branches of government, and the rights and freedoms that define this nation. Through studying, they gain a deeper understanding of the values and principles that underpin American society. This process instills a sense of pride, as individuals equip themselves with the knowledge needed to actively participate in civic life and contribute to their communities. The dedication and effort put into studying for the citizenship test demonstrate a strong commitment to embracing the rights and responsibilities that come with being a U.S. citizen.

If you want to become a citizen, or provide help those who do, please contact us at 919-742-0578 or Or use the buttons above to download an application.

Adult Goal-Based Education (AGBE)

Adult goal-based education refers to an approach to adult learning that focuses on setting and achieving specific learning goals. It is a learner-centered approach that recognizes the unique needs, motivations, and aspirations of adult learners. In this educational framework, adults actively participate in defining their learning objectives, which may include acquiring new skills, knowledge, or competencies to accomplish personal, professional, or academic goals.

Ruth and Her GED Students

Adult goal-based education emphasizes the relevance and practicality of the learning process. It often involves personalized learning plans, individualized instruction, and flexible learning pathways tailored to meet the specific needs and interests of adult learners. The learning goals can vary widely, ranging from career advancement and job skills development to personal enrichment and self-improvement.

This approach recognizes that adults bring their life experiences, prior knowledge, and skills to the learning environment. It values the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of adult learners and seeks to capitalize on their existing strengths. Adult goal-based education often promotes active engagement, critical thinking, problem-solving, and practical application of knowledge in real-life contexts.

Overall, adult goal-based education empowers adults to take charge of their learning journey, set meaningful goals, and acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve those goals, enabling them to succeed and thrive in their personal, professional, and academic pursuits.

Do you have education goals for your personal growth? Or are you someone who would like to help other reach those goals? Please contact us at 919-742-0578 or Or use the buttons above to download an application.

Spanish Literacy

Chatham Literacy is thrilled to unveil a groundbreaking initiative that aims to empower our community like never before — introducing the Spanish Literacy Program! Tailored specifically for native Spanish speakers who haven’t had the opportunity to learn how to read or write, this program is a testament to our commitment to inclusivity and educational accessibility. We recognize the importance of fostering literacy skills in one’s native language as a foundation for broader learning, and the Spanish Literacy Program is poised to make a significant impact on the lives of individuals seeking to enhance their abilities and engage more fully in the community.

Why is this program so crucial? Studies consistently show that developing literacy skills in one’s native language not only boosts confidence and self-esteem but also lays a solid foundation for learning additional languages, such as English. The Spanish Literacy Program at Chatham Literacy goes beyond teaching letters and words — it opens doors to a world of possibilities, providing a supportive environment for individuals to embark on their educational journey. Together, let’s celebrate the power of literacy and the incredible potential it holds for every member of our diverse community! By promoting Spanish literacy, Chatham Literacy is facilitating a bridge for language learners to more effectively acquire English proficiency.

Congratulations, Silvanio S.

Financial Literacy

We are excited and looking forward to expanding our Financial Literacy Program around Chatham County. Our classes run for ten weeks for 1.5 hours per week. The basic free course modules are as follows:

● Money Values and Influences
● You Can Bank On It
● Income and Expenses
● Spending and Saving Plan
● Your Savings
● Credit Report and Scores

For more information, contact Loyda Estrada, Program Coordinator at (919) 742-057

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