Frequently Asked Questions
Citizenship and GED
Do I have to know another language to teach English as a Second Language?
Not at all. We actually prefer that you don’t so we can teach you how to communicate
with your student without relying on their first language. If you use your student's
first language they will not learn as quickly because in the back of their mind they
know you’ll be able to “bail them out” with the correct answer.
Do I need a certificate or prior experience to teach literacy?
We offer training to our tutors. You need no other teaching experience or education.
All you need is willingness. We will provide the tools. We have tutors from all backgrounds.
However, even those who teach at the college level must still first take our training workshop
before being assigned to a student.
Are there courses I can take online?
some excellent courses you can take online. Feel free to check out their lesson plans and
resources as well.
How old are the students in the program?
We only work with adults. Our students are age 17 and older who are not enrolled in public school.
We will train you how to teach adults who learn very differently from children.
What locations will I be teaching at? Home, School, etc.
We recommend that you do not meet at the student’s or the tutor’s home. Meeting at a neutral
setting with regular appointments promotes safety for both the student and the tutor as well
as improves learning conditions for the student. There are many churches and libraries in our
area where you can safely meet your student. We will try to match you to a student who is located
near your area so meeting is easy and convenient. The more difficult it is to meet, the greater the
temptation to skip a lesson.
What if I don’t get along with my student?
If you have difficulty with your student, the staff of the C.C Literacy Council will provide
suggestions to improve your relationship. Otherwise, we can certainly assign the student to a
different tutor and you to a different student.
How long does it take to get a student through the program?
Every student works at a different pace. We ask that you consider at least one year’s commitment
to the program, but we realize that conditions may arise that require you to drop out. Call any
time and we will work out alternatives for your student.
How much does it cost?
Nothing. The training, books, and materials required for the course are free to you.
However the Council is a non-profit organization. We are always on the lookout for grants,
donations, and other funding.
Citizenship and GED
Will the CCLC help me get my GED?
We do not provide GED training here at the Corpus Christi Literacy Council, however we are
partnered with Del Mar College who has a
Will the CCLC help me get my Citizenship?
We will gladly help our students get to the proper English reading level in order to fill
out the state’s citizenship test paperwork. For help filling out the paperwork itself students
may visit the
however, administer the citizenship test. The testing content is
chosen by the
US Citizenship and
How old do I have to be to take these classes?
The CCLC offers classes to all people ages 17 and up.
When are the classes and how long are they?
With one-on-one tutoring,
sessions are about 1 hour long. The student and tutor, together, decide
time and length of tutorial. Classes are generally 1 hour to 3 hours
long. Some classes meet during the day, other classes during the
This differs for every student. The type and length of classes depend on the evaluation of the student
upon entry into the Corpus Christi Literacy council. Please
to inquire about an evaluation.
How much do I have to know to start classes?
A student can successfully learn English
starting with no English knowledge. Adults unable to speak English will be taught “survival English”
in order to communicate. Volunteers will also teach you basic reading and writing.
What kinds of classes do you provide?
We offer both basic literacy to teach
reading and English for speakers of other languages. Our classes can
taught in a group setting or one-on-one.
What tests or checkpoints will I have to meet? What will they signify?
You will be given the tests
you were given before you began. After 60 hours of classroom attendance.
This second test will indicate the progress you have made by comparison
to the first.
How much do these classes cost?
The CCLC provides classes absolutely free of charge to you,
but we do appraciate donations.
How do I join these classes?
Call Corpus Christi Literacy Council to make an appointment.
Take a placement test.
We will place you in a class or assign you a tutor.
What kind of events does the CCLC hold?
Some of the standard events held yearly are Scrabble Tournament, Bowling Tournament, and Trivia Nights.
Where can I find CCLC’s events?
Click for our
How often do events occur?
Fundraiser events happen about two or three times a year.
Can anyone join these events? What do I have to do?
The requirements to join vary with each event.
Each events' requirements and cost will be posted on the
What do these events do for the CCLC?
Since we are a non-profit organization, these events are designed to
increase funds for the CCLC to continue.