DePorres Place provides one-to-one tutoring and small group classes for adults who are learning to read, write, and/or speak English.  Adults progress in our programs.

“Many adult learners have become citizens while studying at DePorres Place.”  – November 2016 Newsletter

The English for Speakers of Other languages (ESOL) program helps students prepare for the citizenship interview, which includes questions about U.S. history and government. A number of DePorres Place’s volunteer tutors have assisted students in studying for citizenship, and many students have become citizens through the years, allowing them to use their knowledge and talents for the benefit of the U.S. communities.



  • Tutors teach reading and writing to English-speaking adults over the age of 18, who are out of school and reading below an eighth grade level.
  • Students who come to our program may have left school early, in order to find employment, or they may struggle with reading because of a learning disability. Our tutors teach students one-on-one, and tailor the learning to the student’s needs.
  • Many students who reach their reading goals at DePorres Place go on to a GED preparation program and/or to college.


Tutors teach conversational English to adults who speak little or no English. Instruction is one-on-one or in small groups with no more than five students.


Informal Chats – tutors and students frequently gather for conversation over coffee or tea. Topics for discussion arise from the group.  This gives the students an opportunity to practice their English speaking skills in an informal, relaxed environment.

Lending Library – consists of books written for the adult learner at different reading levels, including classics, popular fiction, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and books on history, geography, and English grammar.  Tutors and students may check out books to take home or use in class.

Computer Lab – many interactive software programs is available for student use five days a week.