All NBPL locations will be closed on Monday, February 20 in honor of Presidents Day.

Adult Learners


Becoming an Adult Learner

Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy offers one-on-one tutoring and small group classes free of charge.

To be eligible for a tutor you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Live or work in the Newport Beach area
  • Be able to speak English
  • Commit at least one year to working with your tutor for at least one hour per week

To become part of the literacy program, contact the Literacy Office at (949) 717-3874; email us at or stop by for an application.

Every potential adult learner must attend a new learner orientation. Space is limited so a reservation is a must!!!

Once you have attended the orientation, you will be asked to take a skills evaluation. The evaluation will help us determine the best tutor to match you with.

Please understand that our tutors are all volunteers and that there are many adults waiting to be assigned a tutor. Please be patient and we will match you with a tutor as soon as we can.


We offer many support programs to help our learners improve their skills.  Classes and activities are opened to all learners who have officially entered the Literacy Program.  Please call for times and dates of each program (949) 717-3874.

Book Club - a discussion group for adult learners about book selections in classic or modern fiction.

Conversation - The goal is to help participants understand and communicate comfortably in every-day idiomatic English.

Cooking Workshop - Exploring America Through Food: Read, write and talk about tasty American recipes. Learn about favorite holiday foods prepared in the United States, “comfort” foods and writing food reviews. Each workshop is typically 6 weeks.

Discussion Group - A weekly gathering of learners who are encouraged to participate in speaking on any number of topcis that are presented during the session.

Grammar & Vocabulary - Learners gather to learn grammar and vocabulary that will help improve their reading and writing skills. Each workshop is typically 12 weeks.

Learner Network - A quarterly meeting for Adult Learners to learn more about the program, and each other in a safe, non-judgmental environment.  Often, guest speakers share their knowledge on items of interest to the adult learners.

Life Skills - A weekly class that focuses on tools to help with everyday needs such as setting life goals, financial literacy, navigating social media, etc.

Movie Talk - Once a month a movie selection is screened for assembled learners. Each film normally deals with different issues that we face in the United States and afterwardes the group participates in an open discussion about the different topics addressed in the movie.

News To Use - Participants will read and discuss stories from the News for You weekly newspaper.

Pronunciation Workshop - work with a professional speech therapist in a  small group setting on American English pronunciation. Each workshop is typically 8 weeks.

Writing Workshop - Geared to working with the adult learner on creative writing.  Each workshop is typically 6 weeks.

International Literacy Day - an annual celebration of literacy and Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy held each year in September.