SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Hundreds of residents in Somerset and Hunterdon counties take part in ongoing literacy programs that help them improve their English-language skills, and the winter-spring sessions begin in early January.

Conversation groups and beginning classes sponsored by the Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County begin the week of Jan. 6. They are conducted in different Somerset County libraries, and the organization provides U.S. Citizenship Preparation classes and ongoing tutoring.

For more information, call 908-725-5430.

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In addition, Hunterdon Helpline literacy services offer paired classes between instructors and students at locations that are convenient to the teacher and student. For more information, call 908-782-4357.

As for the Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission, it operates two Workforce Learning Link sites that are offering adult literacy programs. The Flemington site is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the Somerville site is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The commission also offers literacy programs in different locations while working with other providers, including the Hunterdon Helpline, Franklin Township and the Jointure. The commission is conducting registration sessions in both counties for ESL Jan. 6 and Jan. 7, including a goal of hosting three new classes for 60 learners.

For more information, call 908-439-4280.

Orientation and testing sessions for ESL students are being offered by the Jointure in different locations in Somerset County, beginning the week of Jan. 13. For more information, call 908-722-0233.

The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey also offers free English Language Learning/Career Pathway Courses, conversation groups and citizen preparation classes with different providers. For more information, call 908-458-8400.

These providers are also part of the Literacy Committee of the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board.