Adult Education Program

VAI empowers adult learners by providing English literacy courses and in doing so assisting their successful integration into American society. Our program teaches students using civic-centered lessons that encourage community involvement, societal integration, and citizenship obtainment. In Fiscal Year 2018, VAI’s Adult Literacy Advancement Program provided 65 learners with direct instruction via 30 volunteer tutors.


The Adult Literacy Program takes place on the 3rd floor of VAI Chicago from Monday through Friday and on Sundays.

  • Monday to Friday: 9:30am – 11:30am
  • Sunday: 10am-12pm

On Saturdays, the program meets at the Bezazian Branch, Chicago Public Library, located at 1226 W Ainslie St, Chicago, IL 60640, from 10am-12pm.


About Our Program:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Citizenship and Civic Engagement
  • Open Enrollment – Join Us Anytime!
  • Flexible Schedule to Meet Student Needs
  • 1-on-1 and Small Group Instruction
  • Custom Lessons Based on Personal Goals

Volunteers will work with adult learners preparing for their citizenship interviews and/or help them acquire the English skills needed to navigate everyday situations. This is a great experience for Education or Non-profit students, as well as those considering teaching English as a Second Language abroad.


Interested in becoming a volunteer instructor? Please fill out this form.


For more information regarding adult education, please contact our Adult Education Manager, Ian at