One-On-One Tutoring

Tutoring is available for those who need help with basic reading and writing skills and for those who are learning English as a Second Language. An interview and assessment helps Council staff match each adult learner with an appropriate tutor and study materials. Tutoring is held at convenient places in Rockford as well as Loves Park, Rockton, Belvidere, Byron and Oregon.

Small Classes

Adult basic education classes are available for adults with a 1st through 8th grade reading level and for those learning English as a Second Language. Adult learners enjoy the interaction with other students in a small classroom setting

Computer Classes

Classes are available in Basic and Job Search Skills. The classes meet 8 times per session. The Basic class is designed for the individual who has never touched a computer. The instruction covers turning on the computer, use of the mouse, keyboarding, creating and working with an email account and surfing the net. The popular Job Skills class includes developing a resume, attaching a resume to emails, filling out online job applications and searching online for job opportunities. These classes are filled to capacity since inception so please call ahead to make a reservation.

Family Programs

Our READy to Learn program involves support programs for parents with infants, toddlers and preschoolers to initiate early literacy skills. They promote parents reading with their children and helping them to become their child’s first teacher. Each child receives a free book for their home library as well as Parent Packets with information and activities for families to do at home.

English as a Second Language

Instruction is offered to adults in small classes or with a tutor. Lessons cover real life language skills needed to communicate at a child’s school, on the job, at the doctor’s, and other everyday situations. We currently have adult learning representing 18 different languages enrolled at The Literacy Council.


We also offer services for adult learners which include agency-to-agency referral assistance.

All services are provided to the learner at no cost.