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MAM Literacy Advance Program

ESL Class

If you're compassionate, fluent in English, and can volunteer for 3 or 4 hours per week, we want YOU to help a small group of Houston adults learn to speak English. You'll meet some amazing people, experience the joy and fulfillment of helping others succeed, and know that you're making Houston a better place for all of us!

NO prior teaching experience or second language is required. If this volunteer opportunity is for you, we'll train you (one day, 6 hours, free), match you with a small group of adult learners (5 - 8 people is usual) and support you as you get started on the exciting and hugely rewarding activity of helping your neighbors learn to speak English.

Please get in touch for further information, including how to get started at a one-hour tour of our classroom space. Kindly check your spam account for our reply. Sometimes messages are blocked by email filters.

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About MAM Literacy Advance Program


2424 Wilcrest, Suite 120, Houston, TX 77042, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) is to ensure that families have the means to meet their basic needs. The Literacy Advance program at MAM focuses on helping families meet their basic needs through English literacy, working alongside adults to improve their language and literacy so that they can achieve their life goals.


Volunteers work with small groups of adults who are learning English (speaking and listening focus). Our volunteers are known as "tutors" as we discourage a "lecture-from-the-front" teaching approach, instead encouraging small groups to learn together around a table and for students to speak as much as possible.

Adults in English classes are placed according to their ability level, to form groups of around 5 - 8. Volunteers do NOT need to speak another language to lead a class as we strongly encourage all classes to be conducted in English. This program is known as ESL (English as a Second Language).

Volunteers have flexibility when selecting a schedule from a variety of options, across three semesters every year. Core classes are held twice a week (Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday, for 2 hours each lesson) or once a week (Friday or Saturday, for 3 hours each lesson). Each core class meets for a total of 48 hours of class time - classes that meet twice a week are scheduled for 12 weeks, and classes that meet once a week are scheduled for 16 weeks.

There are other shorter options for supplemental classes; these vary so get in touch to learn more!


We'll work with your schedule.


2424 Wilcrest, Suite 120Houston, TX 77042



  • Adult Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • English
  • Tutoring


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 12 weeks (2 hours, 2x/week) OR 16 weeks (3 hours 1x/week)
  • 1-hour introductory tour, and a 6-hour training session (both free, and many dates to choose from)

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