New Tutor Orientation for Literacy

Literacy volunteer tutors work with adults who wish to improve their reading, writing, and/or math skills, study for the GED, or learn English. Our learners often have a specific life goal such as finding, retaining, or improving employment, studying for a driver's license, helping a child to read, talking to the doctor, reading labels on prescription medicine, or passing the Citizenship exam ask. We offer one-to-one as well as small group instruction so you can decide wish type of tutoring would work best for you.

As a new tutor, you select a "Tutor Track." You decide if you wish to tutor in Basic Literacy (Reading & Writing for native speakers), ELL (English Language Learning), Math (basic math skills and financial literacy), Wilson Reading Intensive (for adults reading at or below 2nd grade), or GED preparation. Tutor Training varies according to the "tutoring track" you choose, but most often it encompasses 15 hours of initial training and 6 hours of annual continuing education. The standard commitment period to volunteer to tutor a student is one year. Tutors meet adult learners at mutually convenient times and in public locations such as your local library. We do ask for a fee of $35 to cover training costs.

Plan to schedule at least 1 hour weekly to prepare for lessons and 2 hours per week for meeting with your learner. We do recognize that our volunteers and our learners have lives outside of their literacy education commitments; thus we honor vacations, family time, etc. We just ask that you let us know in advance, so that we can create an alternative plan for your learner.


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