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Adult Learners

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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 (See our ESL Referrals if not)
  • 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.

Below are classes we offer:

Book Club - a discussion group for adult learners about classic and contemporary American writings.

Conversation - The goal is to help participants understand and communicate comfortably in every-day idiomatic English. The discussions cover topics such as current events, history, language differences and problems.

Discussion Group - A weekly gathering of learners who are encouraged to participate in speaking freely and ask questions on various topics and current events 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.

American Sitcoms- An intriguing class that focuses on popular TV sitcoms and discusses everyday situations and events. Each learner will observe, study and interpret everyday verbal and facial expressions.

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 to help adult learners navigate sound production, sound/symbol relationships and American idioms.

Writing Workshop - Geared to working with the adult learner on creative writing.  Each workshop is geared to improving and understanding sentence structure skills.