Culpeper Literacy Council


Vision: Building a stronger community by empowering individuals to improve their quality of life through literacy instruction.
Mission: Helping adults develop their abilities to understand, speak, read and write English.



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Address: 415 S Main St Suite 204
Culpeper, VA 22701
Phone Number: 540-825-5804
Literacy Defined: One's ability to read and write printed materials effectively enough to function in his or her own environment. Literacy's definition is constantly evolving because the demands of society, technology and the workplace are constantly growing.

How we work: CLC collaborates with other community organizations to provide basic literacy services. When Culpeper community adults have the literacy skills they need our entire community benefits with a more qualified workforce, a higher standard of living, more involved citizens, improved healthcare outcomes and parents who are able to support their children's education.

Who we serve: Our literacy students come to us from the United States and all over the world. There are over 26 countries represented through our students at any given time. The majority of our students are from Central and South America, but we also have students from Europe, Africa and Asia.

Services provided: We provide instruction through trained volunteer tutors for students to improve their literacy skills and those studying ESL. We have a weekly schedule of ESL classes as well as one-on-one tutors who meet with their students weekly. We provide materials such as workbooks, reference material, and learning software.

Our tutors: Our tutors are volunteers from the community who give some of their time to meet, help and teach students who are developing their literacy and/or English language skills.

Our Programs: We provide two distinct programs for our adult learners.

The Adult Basic Education program provides one-on-one tutoring to adults wishing to learn how to read or improve their literacy skills. Digital Literacy skills are also provided as part of this program. CLC also provides the local Adult Detention Center with tutors for inmates who want to obtain their GED. One-on-one tutoring is provided and when ready, students have the opportunity to take both the GED OPT and the official GED test while incarcerated through PRACEP.

The English as a Second Language Program is offered throughout the week for students who wish to learn English by using a variety of curriculum and techniques. 11 distinct classes provide English instruction from the very basic level to high level reading and writing classes. Small group assistance is available for any adult learner who needs help to navigate the proces to become a United States Citizen.




From Our Tutors:
Imagine being in your sixties and navigating life unable to read, but always, always having the desire to learn. My student treasures a battered copy of Dick and Jane which was given to her by a friend years ago. She has struggled throughout her life and only vaguely remembers attending school for a short time. Her goals are to read to her one year old grandson, to use a calendar, to read the aisle headings in Wal-Mart and so much more!

For the last several months, our team of tutors has been working with two learners from Africa. It has been interesting seeing the American culture from a different perspective. Our learners are at different levels of English language aptitude, yet eager to progress. We explored different ways to meet their needs, through classroom lessons, navigating social services and the medical establishment, and basic needs such as grocery shopping and the DMV. This has been as rewarding for us, the tutors, as for the learners.

From Our Students:
The Literacy Council is the place where I found the help I needed to improve my English. The teachers are always listening to my particular needs and looks for ways to give me the tools I need to apply them in my daily activities. I also like the flexible hours of classes they offer.

The Literacy Council is a pretty good place for people to learn English. The teachers are great and very nice with people who don't understand. When I have a question in the middle of class, the teachers stops and takes time to explain it to me. I think the Literacy Council is a perfect place for me to improve my English.

I have been attending English classes for the last 4 years. When I started I knew just a few words but I couldn't speak or write in English. In class we learn verbs, nouns, and prepositions. We make sentences and read too. This is a great class if you want to learn!