English Classes at MAM Literacy Advance - Wilcrest

Learn English at MAM Wilcrest!

English Speaking and Listening

  • For people who want to speak and understand English better.

  • Each class is 5 - 10 students with one volunteer tutor.

  • This class is called English as a Second Language, or ESL.


All Literacy Advance classes are free.

All our classes are for basic learning.

To come to class, you must:

  • Be 18 or older.

  • Not be on probation for a violent crime.

  • Have a Houston address, and not be a visitor or tourist.

You must register before you can start classes. Click here for information about how to register for classes.

At registration, we will talk with you about your schedule. If we have a class for you, we will tell you at registration. If we do not have a class that works with your schedule, you will be on our waiting list.

Registration Information

If you want to take English classes at MAM Literacy Advance, please call us at (713) 266-8777

on Friday, October 25 starting at 8:00am for appointments in November and December.

English classes are very popular. Many people want to make an appointment.


If you call when the appointments are all full, we will ask you to call again on another day. 


After registration, we will work to find you a class schedule. 

Many people are waiting. We are sorry that the wait is sometimes long. We will help you when we can!

While you wait for a class:

There are classes you can take! We will give you information about them at Student Registration, or click here to find out about our Special Classes.



2424 Wilcrest Drive, Suite 120, Houston, TX 77042 (near Westheimer)

Phone Number:

(713) 266-8777 


If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at this location, please click here for more information.

Special Classes

We also have Special Classes, to learn about other topics. These classes are shorter. MAM Literacy Advance students can have Special Classes as well as their regular class.

Special Classes are for MAM Literacy Advance students only. If you have completed Student Registration at MAM Literacy Advance, you can register for Special Classes.If you have  completed Student Registration at MAM Literacy Advance, you can register for Special Classes. If you have not yet completed a Student Registration, you must do that before you can take any classes.

To ask about a class, email students@literacyadvance.org, or call (713) 266-8777.

Important Information:

  • Please read this before you register!

  • Special Classes are organized by English level. Register for classes that are the right level for you.

  • You must register for each Special Class you want to come to.

  • Classes sometimes get full quickly. Please be patient if you cannot register for a Special Class you want.

  • All Special Classes are in English unless otherwise noted.

Special Class Options
Computer Classes
Conversation Classes


  • All ESL Levels

Conversation about Immigration: Know your rights.

Note: This class is in Spanish

Date: Wednesday, October 2

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Total lessons: 1

Other Special Classes


  • Advanced English

  • ESL Alumni

Employment Certification

Days: Tuesday & Thursday

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Start: Tuesday, October 15

End: Thursday, October 31

Total lessons: 6

Total weeks: 3

What Happened to Literacy Advance?

We're still here!

Literacy Advance joined Memorial Assistance Ministries’ network of programs and services in late 2018, expanding geographic reach and enhancing programmatic offerings to adult learners.

Since 1964, Literacy Advance has provided free English and reading classes to adults in Houston. Volunteer tutors make thousands of hours of learning possible every year, an astonishing feat for which we are enduringly grateful!

What does MAM Literacy Advance do?

No one wants to improve their literacy "just because."

Every adult who comes to us looking for help has a compelling reason for doing so.

Perhaps they've been passed over for promotion, because their writing skills aren't up to par.

Perhaps they've had anxious visits to the doctor, not able to read a prescription or follow the care instructions they were given. 

Perhaps the child who was a baby when mom and dad first came to the United States is now in the school system, and the parents know that their involvement in their daughter's learning is crucial to her success.

Reasons for wanting literacy classes are varied, but often involve family, or jobs, or both. And whatever the reason, our aim is to find out each student's learning goals and provide them with the personalized and practical assistance to help them reach those goals.

Defining Literacy

We all know what "literacy" means, right? Well, maybe not. There has been some re-defining of the term in recent times, as the world and society changes and more is expected in the community, in the workplace, and elsewhere.

We define literacy as follows:

Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak and listen, and use numeracy and technology, at a level that enables people to express and understand ideas and opinions, to make decisions and solve problems, to achieve their goals, and to participate fully in their community and in wider society. Achieving literacy is a lifelong learning process.

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development) simplifies this idea well:

Literacy is more than just reading, writing, and numeracy. It's not about being literate or illiterate anymore, but having adequate skills for today's demands.


In coming up with our own definition, we were inspired by definitions of literacy from other places, most notably the following:

  • UNESCO - Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society.

  • NAAL (National Assessment of Adult Literacy) - Literacy is using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential.

  • Proliteracy - Literacy is the ability to read, write, compute, and use technology at a level that enables an individual to reach his or her full potential as a parent, employee, and community member.


Meet The MAM Literacy Advance Program Team

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Colleen Mayer

Literacy Advance

Program Manager

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Diana Delgado

Transition Services Coordinator

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Teresa Mello

Literacy Advance 

Program Associate 

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Andy Pinnow

Literacy Advance

Program Coordinator

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Kelli Scott

Transition Services Specialist

MAM is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. 

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