English Classes

English Literacy classes for non-English speakers are also a part of the curriculum provided by Lanier Technical College and Adult Literacy Barrow.

In addition to GED® services, additional support is offered for English Literacy classes at no cost:

  • Classes for all levels of learners
  • Awareness of the responsibilities and rights of citizens
  • Improved speaking, writing, and listening skills
  • Pronunciation and usage of the English language


By taking the step to continue studying with us, you can:

  • Set your own goals
  • Have a schedule that fits your needs
  • Study in a location close to home or work
  • Receive instruction from experienced instructors
  • Use textbooks, computers, and software that are provided for your study

To get started, call Lanier Tech at (770) 531-3361 or Adult Literacy Barrow at (770) 531-3363 for Spanish .


Location and Hours


Adult Education Center @ Wimberly Center
163 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Winder, GA 30680
(770) 531-3361

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

English Instruction:
Tuesday and Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday and Thursday
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Perry-Rainey Center
16 College Street
Auburn, GA 30011

English Instruction:
Monday and Wednesday
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

For more information on English instruction, please contact Adult Literacy Barrow (770) 531-3363.

Home country identification accepted – call 770-531-3363.

Barrow County Schools

Sims Academy
985 Austin Road, Winder

English Instruction:
Monday and Wednesday
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Russell Middle School
364 W. Candler Street, Winder

English Instruction:
Tuesday and Thursday
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


For more information on English instruction, please contact Adult Literacy Barrow (770) 531-3363.

Home country identification accepted – call 770-531-3363

Frequently Asked Questions

What is required to take ESL Classroom Instruction?
You must have a valid American ID or home country ID to register.

How much do classes cost?
Classes are free.

Is registration necessary to begin classes?

What happens at registration?
You will complete an intake form containing your personal information such as name, address, and telephone number along with an emergency contact. Then, you will take an assessment which will help us put you at the correct level of study.

How long does registration take?
About two hours depending upon how busy we are.

Can I study for the assessment?
No. It isn’t necessary.

What is the class schedule?
Schedules vary by centers. We have day and night programs. Some classes meet twice a week while others meet four times a week. Most classes meet three hours per class time.

Is there an attendance requirement?
Yes. Check with the center you are interested in attending.

Will I receive a certificate when I am finished?
You will receive a certificate when you have completed and met all requirements including attendance for that level. These are center certificates, not Lanier Tech certificates.

What level do you offer?
We have six levels of study: Advanced, Intermediate 2, Intermediate 1, Beginning 3, Beginning 2, and Beginning 1.

What skills will I be practicing?
You will practice speaking, listening, reading, writing, and vocabulary development.

How old do you have to be?
You must be 16 years of age or older. If you are sixteen or seventeen, we recommend that you study at a public high school which will provide you with more opportunities to practice and study with your peers. If that is not possible, you may attend our centers with permission from your parents or guardian.

Adult Literacy Barrow now offers child care and transportation for students.

We stand ready to help you in reaching your dreams and capturing your future.

Desmond Vaird
Statewide 2016 EAGLE Award winner from Lanier Tech’s Adult Education program.