COVID-19 Response: WALC offices are open for tutoring and assistance. Masks are no longer required in the Oshkosh Public Library and our offices. Call 920-573-5507 for assistance. Get COVID-19 updates from the City of Oshkosh and Winnebago County.

Literacy at Winnebago Area Literacy Council means learning to…

  • Read a book to your child
  • Understand your bills
  • Communicate with your boss
  • Earn a driver’s license
  • Communicate in English
  • Talk to your doctor about your health
  • Love reading
  • Get your GED
  • Gain U.S. citizenship
  • Attend post-secondary classes
  • Use a computer
  • Fill out paperwork from school
  • Communicate with your landlord
  • Find a better job
  • Gain confidence

and so much more!

Programs Schedule

WALC provides a variety of programs developed specifically to meet the literacy needs of our diverse community. All of our services and programs are FREE and learner-centered.

One-to-One Tutoring
The One-to-One Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Learning (ELL) program matches volunteer tutors with adult learners who are interested in building their literacy skill set. Private tutoring is provided in a safe learning environment and learner-centered. Sessions are usually an hour long, once a week.

Contact our Volunteer and Services Coordinator to get started.
Call/Text: 920-573-5507

Road to Work for Refugees and Immigrants
Road to Work assists, guides, and provides refugees and immigrants with vocational literacy training to help them obtain employment and utilize their skills and potential in the workforce.

Contact our Vocational Services Director to schedule an appointment.
Call/Text: 920-573-5506

Beginner English
Welcome to the English Language! Learn the English alphabet and letter sounds, numbers, U.S. currency, calendar skills, everyday English vocabulary, and how to ask and answer questions.

*No English needed.*

Day: Mondays and Wednesdays
Time: 9 – 11am
Location: Oshkosh Public Library, 3rd

More English!
Expand and build your English Language skills, practice conversation, read and write about topics of interest.

*Some English language skills needed.*

Day: Mondays
Time: 12 – 2pm
Location: Oshkosh Public Library, 3rd floor

Functional English Class
All levels welcome. Conversational English, American customs, and daily living English vocabulary are the focus. Come when you are able.

Day: Tuesdays
Time: 2 – 4pm
Location: Oshkosh Public Library, 3rd floor

Day: Tuesdays
Time: 9 – 11am
Location: Menasha Public Library *BEGINS JANUARY 10TH, 2023

Day: Wednesdays
Time: 9 – 11AM
Location: Menasha Public Library *BEGINS JANUARY 11TH, 2023

Women and Children English Class
All women and children welcome. Bring your children and we will keep them busy while you are in English class. We will help you with your English skills so you can take care of yourself and your family. American customs, daily life vocabulary, conversational English, reading and writing, and topics of interest to women are all part of this class.

*All ability levels*

Day: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 12 – 2pm
Location: St. Andrews Church
1100 E Murdock Avenue, Oshkosh

Citizenship Workshops
Each 2-session workshop is offered four times a year.

First session: introduction to application, understand the naturalization process from beginning to end, and how to use the U.S. citizenship website.

Second session: how to study using the free test preparation book we provide each participant.

2023 Sessions:

Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm
Location: Oshkosh Public Library, 3rd floor

Digital Literacy and Technology Program
This course is designed for beginners and anyone who wants to improve their computer skills. Together we will cover the basics of computer use, Internet, email, and Microsoft Office. You will also learn how to use social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

Day: By Appointment
Location: TBD based on need – call 920-479-5081 or e-mail: to schedule

Workplace Literacy Program
Workplace Literacy is the skills employees need to have in order to be successful at work functions and manage the demands of their jobs in a healthy, productive way. Increasing employee skills in the workplace helps provide a foundation for lifelong learning as people and businesses grow together. Improving employees’ skills creates a more productive workforce, a more competitive economy, and more revenue for a company.

If you are a company that employs refugees and immigrants, our sustainable, customized to your business Workplace Literacy program can help you make a lasting impact by:
– enhancing employee literacy
– improving safety and increasing productivity
– reducing turnover and building loyalty

We can help your employees improve their on-the-job English and hone the skills needed to meet the expectations in a specific job cell.

Contact Vocational Services Director, Dr. Oxana Perzentka-Martynova, to learn more!
Phone: 920-573-5506

New Voices and Faces
This is a summer program for ELL teens provided in collaboration with UWO and area school districts and is a community and project-based program. The intent of the program is to provide ELL teens opportunities to find their voices, tell their stories, interact with and participate in our community, learn about post-secondary education options, and socialize with peers.

Summer 2022 has concluded. 2023 dates TBD.