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Greenville Literacy Association, Inc.

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GLA works with international adults ages 17 and older who wish to learn English. We serve a diverse population, with students in our program from over 60 countries. GLA asks students to commit to a 60- hour course in order to allow time for language learning to occur. All students take an English pretest upon registration and are placed in level-appropriate small group classes. Program managers and volunteer teachers work with the students to meet their goals of managing everyday life, communicating with teachers and others in the community, getting a job, and moving on to higher education. After 60 hours of study and successful completion of a post-test, the student will receive a certificate and move to the next level of classes.

All GLA Program Managers who work with the ESL programs are TESOL Certified instructors.

Citizenship Classes
GLA offers Citizenship preparation to those who need to pass the Naturalization Test. (This class is separate from our 60-hour program.) Students must register for this class and test at an ESL Level 3 or higher. The curriculum includes classroom instruction using civics and English study materials from the USCIS website, interview and test video, 100 questions and more.

Email the Director of Programs, Elizabeth Roser. roser@greenvilleliteracy.org.

Greenville Literacy Association
Covid-19 Student and Tutor Attendance Guidance
The following guidance is provided to support a safe and productive learning environment. Disregarding this guidance could result in being asked to suspend your participation in our programs.
● If you are sick or not feeling well, have been exposed to someone who is sick, we ask you to stay home.
● This is for the protection of our high-risk staff and students.
● Program Managers can provide self-guided study materials and online resources to sustain your learning plan.
● A mask must be worn while at GLA Centers. Guests, students, and tutors cannot enter McAlister Square and our center without a mask.
● If you do not have a mask, GLA can provide one.
● During this period, GLA has installed a doorbell for use by all guests, students, and tutors. Please allow time for our staff to respond to the bell and we will greet you at the door.
● Food and drinks are prohibited during coursework, in the computer lab, and while engaged in learning at the GLA Centers.

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About Greenville Literacy Association, Inc.


McAlister Square, 225 South Pleasantburg Dr, Suite C-10, Greenville, SC 29607, US

Mission Statement

Greenville Literacy Association’s mission is to enrich our community by increasing the literacy and employability of our citizens.


GLA was founded more than fifty years ago when a group of community leaders realized that there had to be solutions to the problem of adult under-education. Today the Association is one of the largest community-based literacy programs in South Carolina and one of the most highly developed in the nation. Hundreds of trained volunteer tutors and small group instructors are active in the agency's programs, literally changing lives in a very positive way. GLA serves the community through two earning centers in Greenville and Simpsonville, and through partnerships in Greer, West Greenville and the Berea area.

Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


225 South Pleasantburg Drive, Suite C-10GreenvilleGreenville, SC 29607



  • Tutoring
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Adult Education
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • English




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Once a week commitment for one-hour classes in the mornings 9-12.

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