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ESL and Literacy Resources

Adult Literacy Centres

Canucks Family Education Centre (CFEC)

A family literacy program that aims to get parents involved in their child’s learning and educational development. Frontier College provides tutors to assist adult learners with a variety of school subjects through small group tutoring, and to provide educational support and encouragement in an effort to improve literacy skills.

604.713.8266,  ext. 7110

Decoda Community Literacy Directory

The directory contains literacy organizations and Literacy Outreach Coordinators (LOC). Find a literacy coordinator in your neighbourhood. For more information on learning centres and literacy programs in the rest of Metro Vancouver, contact Decoda Literacy Solutions.


Marpole Oakridge Family Place

Marpole Literacy Services connects the Marpole Community with information and education to build skills for life.


Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)
Community Adult Literacy Program

The program is free and confidential and offers one-on-one tutoring to learners 19 years of age or older. Tutors and learners are paired and meet once a week for about two hours in a public place such as a library.


REACH Community Health Centre

A program for African and Middle Eastern women to practice English and work on a variety of issues, including health and literacy. REACH Community Health Centre offers information sessions and speakers on relevant topics, including those determined by the group. Onsite childcare is provided.


Vancouver Community College - Basic Education

Basic education courses are designed for adults who want to improve their reading, writing or math skills from beginner levels to the end of Grade 8. Students work together in small groups or in self-paced classes. VCC offers classes in the morning, afternoon and evening. VCC also offers computer literacy classes twice per week. To register for basic education, students must be 18 years or older and speak English comfortably.

604.871.7000, ext. 7369

Vancouver School Board Adult Education Centres

The VSB operates three adult education centres. They provide adult students with courses from the literacy level to secondary school completion.

Main Street @ Gladstone Education Centre
4105 Gladstone St, Vancouver, BC V5N 4Z2
Tel: (604) 713-5731

Gathering Place Education Centre
609 Helmcken Street, Van., B.C. V6B 5R1
Tel:(604) 257-3849

South Hill Education Centre
6010 Fraser Street, Van., B.C. V5W 2Z7
Tel: (604) 713-5770

The WISH Learning Centre

Instructors at the WISH Learning Centre are experts in the needs of adult learners who are marginalized. They offer a wide range of activities which offer women opportunities to...

•    Develop their communication skills.
•    Learn computer skills.
•    Write letters, journals, and poetry