Adult Literacy and Basic Skills

In Person

South Piedmont Community College‘s Adult Literacy Program tutors adults who would like to read and write English better. If you’d like to volunteer as a tutor or enroll as a student for FREE help, email or call 704-290-5261.

South Piedmont Community College also offers face-to-face classes for adult learners interested in pursuing a high school equivalency diploma, learning English as a Second Language, or improving reading, writing, mathematics, and communication skills for successful transition to college and/or the workforce. Morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend class sessions are available and are provided at no cost to the student. Please contact SPCC’s Adult Basic Skills Department at 704-290-5243 for additional and/or enrollment information.

Central Piedmont Community College’s ESL program offers free classes for adult learners in English as a Second Language. The college also offers free or low cost classes to help you finish high school, get job training and work experience and enhance your independent living skills, see College and-Career-Readiness


Reading, Writing and Comprehension Improvement

Resources for Adults with Dyslexia or Low Literacy

How to Pronounce Words – type the word, and the site will “speak” it properly

Ventures Arcade Literacy Activities

Basic Math, Reading and Life Skills

Word Explorer


New Readers Press

Literacy Playlists on YouTube 

Online Picture Dictionary

Kids Picture Dictionary

English Picture Dictionary

USA Learns: English as a Second Language – will need to create a free account/Inglés como segundo idioma: deberá crear una cuenta gratuita

Slow American English Podcast/Podcast de Inglés Americano Lento

Duo Lingo – Activities for Non-English Speakers to Learn English

Test Your English Knowledge

Audio Resources/Recursos de audio

Online ESL classes through the Union County Library – Students must have a Union County library card.  Students will need the library card number to begin creating a free account on Universal Class.  Students can then enter their email address and create a password in order to register their account. Students may need assistance in choosing which class they should start with based on the English skills they already have.

English Grammar Spot videos English grammar spot helps you to learn English and/or improve your English grammar. Watch videos on all the tenses, the passive, helping verbs, have and has, adjectives and adverbs.

Breaking News – English – Current Events Lessons in 7 Levels with activities for ESL and EFL students.

English Grammar Lessons and Exercises   

English Club – free site for learners and teachers of English

Real English for Gamers – this site allows gamers to learn English by playing popular video games they are already familiar with


Computer Literacy – typing lessons and games

Digital Literacy – parts of a computer and how it works


Children’s Literacy

Children’s Literacy Programs
Union County Locations at Old Armory 500 N Johnson St, Monroe, NC 28112 and Willow Oaks 3223 Walkup Ave, Monroe, NC 28110

YWCA is on a mission to give every child an equal chance at success for the future. Reading comprehension by the third grade is essential in determining future successes and children in low-income areas have fewer resources to break from this negative cycle. YWCA provides after-school literacy programs for students and their parents in order to make higher achievement possible. Contact YWCA’s Department of Youth Programs at 980-585-0505 to see if your child is eligible.