ESL & Citizenship

Since 1984, Literacy for All of Monterey Park (LAMP) has been a leader in adult and family literacy programs. We improve human lives by providing high quality, learning-centered literacy services to the San Gabriel Valley at no cost. Trained volunteers in one-to-one, small group, and classroom settings provide tutoring and instruction. Our volunteer teachers and tutors are highly skilled and successful. As of July 31, 2013, they have helped 1500 adults become United States citizens and children and adults improve their reading and writing skills.

Our primary grant awards come from California Library Literacy Services (CLLS), and the California Department of Education (CDE) Workforce Investment Act, Title 2 (WIA II). Over the years, LAMP has partnered with several businesses and organizations to expand services and literacy awareness not only in Monterey Park but the entire San Gabriel Valley. View the fall schedule of classes online.

ESL Registration Day August 6

Registration for the Fall semester of ESL classes at the library begins Monday, August 6 at 12:00 pm.  The literacy program has every level of ESL classes available to help adult English learners gain reading, writing and speaking skills.  All students are pre-tested and assessed to determine their proficiency levels in Basic English skills and to assist in placement of appropriate classes and services. Space in the classes is limited and Monterey Park residents will be given priority on waiting list. 

Citizenship Preparation  classes  are  also  available  for  individuals  who  plan  on  becoming  new  citizens  to  gain  knowledge  on  American  History,  Government and Civics which are covered during the examination.  Registration for Citizenship classes is open year-round. 

Please contact the LAMP office at (626) 307-1251 or email for inquiries.

Goals & Volunteer Opportunities

LAMP has helped people with a variety of goals such as:
  • Getting a job
  • Reading books to their children
  • Becoming U.S. Citizens
  • Pursuing higher education
  • Feeling more confident
Our volunteer opportunities include: 
  • Volunteer ESL Instructors to teach various levels of English instruction from Beginning Literacy to Advance English and Conversation
  • Volunteer ESL Citizenship Preparation Instructors to teach American History, Government, and Civics
  • Citizenship coaching volunteers to coach students through the naturalization interview process
  • Volunteer ESL Instructors for substitute list
  • One to one tutors for adult learners

One-on-one Tutors

There are many duties of the tutors. The selected members will volunteer in the Literacy for All of Monterey Park (LAMP) office at Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library. The one-on-one literacy tutor will teach basic reading and writing skills to a maximum of three adult learners in separate one hour and a half sessions for a minimum of once a week. The tutoring sessions are flexible and the hours are set according to the volunteer’s availability which needs to correspond with the library’s hours. The one-on-one literacy tutor must attend a three hour tutor training before beginning his or her assignments.

Volunteer ESL Instructors

Volunteers who have teaching experience and would like to volunteer time to conduct basic English instruction in all levels of ESL to immigrant adult learners in classroom setting are welcome. New students interested in becoming teachers can gain knowledge on classroom instruction and lesson planning to second language learners. Teacher practicum training will be provided with continued support from the literacy administrator / city librarian. Support for our tutors also includes outside resources such as The Literacy Tribune. View a volunteer application online.