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Manatee Literacy Council services are provided confidentially and free of charge to Manatee County adults regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, or socioeconomic status. Manatee Literacy Council matches learners with volunteer tutors for one-on-one lessons. Some group classes may be available.

Questions or concerns? See Adult Learner Frequently Asked Questions

Programs Offered

ABE  -  Adult Basic Education
Are you a native English speaker who wants to learn to read and write better? Manatee Literacy Council has tutors who will help you with reading, writing, and grammar. 
ESL  -  English as a Second Language
Do you need help with reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English? Manatee Literacy Council has tutors and classes to help you with reading, writing, and communicating in English. 
Clases de Ingles  
Necesita ayuda con su lectura, escritura, entendiendo o hablando ingles? Nosotros tenemos tutores y/o clases para ayudarle con su escritura, lectura, o niveles de comunicacion en ingles.

Workplace Literacy
Our workplace classes are customized specifically for English Language Learners. These are workers who do not speak English as their native language. Frequently, they have been educated (even at the university level) in their native language, but they have not mastered English as a second language.
Our classes help those seeking U.S. Citizenship prepared for the Naturalization Test.

Get Started
Fill out the Adult Learner Interest Form or call the Manatee Literacy Council office at 941-746-8197. Once you have applied and been accepted into the program, an evaluator will assess your English so that your tutor will know where to begin. 

Manatee Literacy Council does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, religion, race, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, or any other status protected by law. Individuals will be accommodated to the fullest extent as outlined in the ADA guidelines. Due to limitations of the volunteer-based program, Manatee Literacy Council is unable to serve some individuals who are cognitively disabled or developmentally disabled. Recognizing this policy, there may be individuals who, however willing, are not able to benefit from Manatee Literacy Council tutoring. If in the opinion of the tutor or a staff person and with the concurrence of the Executive Director, such a situation exists, the student will be advised that tutoring or continuing in tutoring is not recommended. If possible, the individual will be referred to another appropriate agency better able to meet his or her needs.
Manatee Literacy Council
3501 Cortez Road West, Suite 6, Bradenton, FL 34210