English Programs

For more information about English classes, please call the LAMP Literacy office at (626) 307-1251.

ESL Classes (English as a Second Language)

ESL Class

Every level of English as a Second Language instruction is provided to adult learners at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library. LAMP offers classes from Basic Literacy to Advanced English as well as Conversation classes. Classes are taught by trained volunteer instructors. Adult learners are pre-tested and assessed for placement into one of these classes. Students are reassessed after 40 hours of instruction and given post-tests to measure learning growth or progress. Instructors use workbooks related to Life Skills and all curriculum meets the California Standards and Competencies.

Adult Basic English (One-to-One Tutoring)


The LAMP Literacy Program provides one-to-one tutoring and small group instruction in basic literacy to adult learners. Tutoring is conducted by trained volunteer tutors who help English-speaking adults improve their reading and writing skills so they can reach their potential as workers, parents, community members and life-long learners. Library literacy staff members provide outreach and support services such as recruitment, initial and ongoing training, and coordination of volunteer tutors and learners.

English Language & Literacy Intensive (ELLI) a.k.a Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets

Children enrolled in local elementary schools who are struggling with reading below their grade levels are targeted by school principals and enrolled in the Reading Rocket Program at the library. This intensive support program won the National Public Library Association Award in 2013 for having an innovative literacy program in a library setting. Elementary students are selected and grouped by grade levels 2-6 and work in small groups with a trained instructor in English reading, writing skills. Reading selections are chosen from the Department of Education Reading Suggestion list for each specific grade. Students attend the Reading Rockets Program two times a week for six weeks during the Summer months.