Improve Your Skills, Improve Your Life

To become a student with Orange Literacy you must be at least 18 years old and live or work in Orange County.  Our services are free and we provide textbooks, workbooks and other study materials.

Do you know someone who can use our services?

Call Us Today!   919-914-6153

Here’s how to become a student (see below for details of each step)

  1. Make an appointment
  2. Register
  3. Be matched with a tutor or in a class
  4. Attend tutoring sessions or class
  5. Take a post-assessment test

1. Make an appointment

  • Call or come by our office to make an appointment
  • Our phone number is 919-914-6153
  • Our office is located on the second floor of Carr Mill Mall in Carrboro (200 N Greensboro St, Suite C-2).  Click here for a map.

2. Register

Adult Basic/GED Students

  • If you need to do your registration in the Hillsborough area, please be sure to let us know that when you call.
  • At your appointment, we will:
    • help you fill out a basic registration form
    • talk to you about your goals, questions, and expectations of the program
    • administer reading or math tests to help us know where to start working with you so that you don’t start out with material that is too hard or too easy
  • The entire process usually takes about two hours, so be sure to allow plenty of time for your appointment.
ESL/ESOL Students

  • Currently, we only offer individual appointments at our Carrboro office.
  • At your appointment, we will:
    • help you fill out a basic registration form
    • talk to you about your goals, questions, and what you would like to learn
    • give you a basic English test to help us know where to start working with you so that you don’t start out with material that is too hard or too easy
  • The entire process usually takes about two hours, so be sure to allow plenty of time. In some cases, students will need to return another day for a listening test.  We will let you know if you need to do that.

3. Be Matched with a Tutor or in a Class

Adult Basic/GED Students

  • We will work to match you with a tutor who fits with your needs and availability.
  • If a tutor is available, we will help you and the tutor decide on the best days, time, and location for you to meet.  A staff person will introduce you to your tutor or your small group and help you begin to get to know one another.
  • Both you and your tutor will be asked to sign a tutoring agreement, outlining goals and responsibilities.
  • If there are no tutors currently available, you will be put on our waiting list.  This process can take as little as two weeks or as long as two months. We will keep you updated about your status on the waiting list and will notify you when a tutor becomes available.  While you’re on the waiting list, we may talk to you about beginning your studies by working in our computer lab.

 

ESL/ESOL Students

  • We will talk to you about which group is best for you.
  • ESOL students are placed into groups, NOT one on one tutoring.
  • If there is space in a group that fits your schedule, you might get placed very quickly.  Most of our groups meet on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. You are more likely to be placed in a group faster if you have more time available.
  • You and your teacher will be asked to sign a tutoring agreement, outlining goals and what you and your teacher will need to do.
  • If there is not space in a group, you will be put on a waiting list.  Depending on teachers and space, wait times vary. Your time on the wait list could be a couple of days or a couple of months. We will let you know as soon as we have space in a group for you.

4. Attend tutoring sessions

Adult Basic/GED Students

  • Meet with your tutor twice a week for at least an hour and a half each session.  You must:
    • attend sessions regularly
    • be on time
    • call your tutor when you cannot attend.
ESL/ESOL Students

  • Attend class twice a week for either an hour and a half or two hours per class. You must:
    • attend classes regularly
    • be on time
    • call your teacher when you cannot attend.

5. Take a post-assessment test

Adult Basic/GED Students

  • We will post-test you at the end of each semester or if you know you will be leaving the program
ESL/ESOL Students

  • We will test you again when you or your teacher feel like you are ready to move on to the next level. This normally happens about once a year.