Hillsborough Literacy Council

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Immigrants & Refugees
  • International


102 E 7th AveTampa, FL 33602 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Hillsborough Literacy Council (HLC) promotes and provides quality literacy services in a friendly, professional, and confidential environment for adults in Hillsborough County who wish to learn to read, write and converse at a higher level of proficiency through the help of highly motivated volunteers. HLC understands and respects the importance of each of its stakeholders.


The Hillsborough Literacy Council (HLC) offers two programs, adult basic literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages.

HLC teaches functionally and marginally illiterate adults to read and write through its Adult BASIC Literacy Program. This program is geared towards adults over the age of 18 with a goal to bring them to a minimum fifth grade reading level. In the BASIC program, tutoring is done on a one-on-one basis.

In the English for Speakers of Other Languages Program (ESOL), the tutors teach speakers of other languages, over the age of 18, to read, write and communicate in English. ESOL students are local residents with various nationalities and limited communication skills. ESOL classes are generally taught in groups, but may also be done one-on-one.

Prior teaching experience is not required of our tutors. Both the BASIC and ESOL programs are taught to potential tutors through virtual training sessions.


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by Sam M. (March 29, 2015)
Being a tutor is one of the highlights of my weekends. I love meeting my 2 Spanish-speaking students at the local library on the weekends because it is both fun and fulfilling to me. I actually increased the time from 1 hour per week to 2 hours because of how much I enjoy tutoring. Although my students are older than I am, they are eager to learn and do so very quickly. On top of being able to help people learn an important life skill, I am also learning skills like teaching, leadership, and patience. The experience I am learning doing this can also transfer over to a professional ESL job, be it locally or even overseas. Teaching English is a hot commodity WORLDWIDE.

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