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Phone: (919) 489-8383  


Email: info@durhamliteracy.org​


Location: 1905 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707


Mailing address:  PO Box 52209, Durham, NC 27717


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The Durham Literacy Center is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Our Federal Tax ID Number is 56-1479534.


Join us and teach 2 hrs/week for at least one 16-week semester!

Note: It is NOT necessary to be multi-lingual to tutor with us. 

ESOL Program Staff

Joan Zec Nelson (Coordinator)

   919.489.8383, ext. 25

Chris Hall (Program Associate)



Sharante Gore (AmeriCorps)

    919.489.8383, ext. 24

The ESOL Program serves 200 to 300 adult newcomers (ages 18 years old and older) each year. Our students are non-native English speakers who come from more than 20 countries around the world. In addition to the classes we offer at our main location, we also offer a range of group classes at area libraries and El Centro Hispano. All of our classes offer functional English language instruction.

ESOL Program


The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program offers adult learner-centered classes that emphasize participatory English language learning at multiple sites across Durham County. Students attend core classes 2 times per week with weekly instruction provided by trained volunteer instructors. Additional optional hours are available in Conversation and Skills classes to total 8 hours per week.

The curriculum for the core classes at our Lakewood site is organized thematically around survival skills such as obtaining employment, helping children with schoolwork, obtaining adequate housing, shopping, learning basic computer skills, and more. Other classes target specific language needs, such as English for food-service workers or English for literacy-level refugees.

Spring 2019 Classes

Our last ESOL class for the spring semester will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

The Spring Potluck Celebration will take place from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, May 23, 2019. All students and tutors are invited. Friends and family are welcome to join you. Please bring food to share, if you can. 

Summer 2019 Conversation Classes

Our Summer Conversation classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays for one month. They are only for current students who were enrolled for the spring semester. We will not be enrolling new students for these classes. 

     Weekly Schedule: 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays

     First Class: Thursday, May 30

     Last Class:  Thursday, June 27 

     Two levels:  Beginning Conversation & Intermediate/High Conversation

Fall 2019 Classes

Everyone who wants to register for classes at the Durham Literacy Center Building must register again, even students who have been taking classes in the spring semester. Click here for registration dates


Our Fall 2019 classes will take place at multiple sites: 

Durham Literacy Center (1905 Chapel Hill Rd.)

  • Core Classes at all levels (Literacy to College/Career Preparatory)

    • Monday & Wednesday:  6:30-8:30 pm     

    • Tuesday & Thursday:  6:30-8:30 pm

  • Students have the option of attending additional conversation, reading, writing and listening classes.  

El Centro Hispano (2000 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 26A)

  • Low/High Intermediate Class (FYI: No evening classes at this location)

    • Monday & Wednesday: 9-11 am


East Durham Children's Initiative (EDCI):  

  • Low/High Beginning and Low/High Intermediate. Childcare services provided.

    • Tuesday & Thursday, 10 am-12 pm​