Tutors and Volunteers

We need dedicated and motivated tutors and volunteers who want to help change a life. Sharing the gift of English with a motivated student brings satisfaction to both tutor and student. The student improves his or her level of reading, writing, speaking and understanding English which can lead to better jobs, promotions, higher education, citizenship, starting a business, helping children with homework, all while becoming more productive members of our communities. Tutors find tremendous satisfaction in helping motivated and grateful student improve their skills.

  • It is easy to become a volunteer. No foreign language or teaching experience is necessary. We will train you. We offer a six-hour training workshop monthly (Schedule). There is a fee for teaching materials. Tutors are expected to commit to teaching about an hour twice a week. Depending on your interest, you can teach an individual student, a small group or a large group. We have many different levels of instruction from beginner to advanced students. You can call the office to apply, download an application or fill out the application on-line.
  • Reporting your hours is crucial for our funding, yet we make it easy. Tutors submit a quarterly report either by mail, fax or e-mail. You can download the file Tutor-Quarterly-Report (pdf) or Tutor-Quarterly-Report (Word).

Teaching Techniques

Conversation Using a Picture

    • Physical Response: Here’s your chance to review or teach vocabulary: “Point to the clouds.” “Point to the tallest person.” “Point to the target.”
    • Yes-or-no questions: “Are these 2 men and 2 women in the picture?” “Is the pole heavy?”
    • Short answer questions: “How many people are in the picture?” “What’s the shape of the opening in the target?” “What’s the shape of the pole they’re holding?”
    • Open-ended Questions: “What are they trying to do?” “Do you think they’ll be successful?” “Why or why not?”
    • Role Play: Let’s name the people in the picture. “What could be the name of the lady on the left?” “Joan?” “The man on the right is Walter.” “What might Walter be saying to Joan?” “What does Joan answer?” “What is she thinking?” Then you suggest to your student: “You be Joan and I’ll be Walter and we’ll act out what’s happening.”

Make a Phone Date

Tutors can help their students overcome apprehension in making English language telephone calls. Students normally rely on body language, gestures and facial expression to communicate person-to-person in English, so telephone communication is sometimes a daunting procedure.

To assist students, tutors can schedule telephone conversations with their students at pre-set time and day that is convenient for both of them. Tutors can ask questions pertinent to class material if casual conversation is still difficult for their students.

We have many resources available to help tutors and students enhance their teaching and learning experiences. There are several different types of  curriculum for English as a Second Language students:

  • English in Action – provides learners with competency-based support for building language, life and work skills in real world settings.  Learners are engaged as workers, family members and citizens through a communicative, practical and active approach.
  • Laubach Way to English and Reading – This program comes in four levels with specific skill books to complement the basic method.  The method also includes readers for comprehension practice.
  • McGraw-Hill GED materials — These materials are used for GED Readiness classes and include Math, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts-Reading and Language Arts-Writing.
  • LITSTART – This provides tutors with the strategies and background necessary to tutor an adult in the skills of reading, writing and speaking English. The third edition adds enhanced guidance on the process of lesson planning, guidelines on homework, grammar, portfolio assessment and questioning techniques for checking comprehension.
  • Side by Side – This method has four levels, including supplemental workbooks and test preps.
  • Oxford Picture Dictionary – This is used as a supplemental book by many tutors. We have English/Spanish and English/Creole available.

Additional resources:

  • Immigration and Naturalization Services materials – For students who are studying for the U.S. Citizenship examination.
  • EASY, Ellis and One Tree Learning software – Is available in our computer lab for self-directed study.
  • Other materials – Focus on grammar, reading, comprehension, phonics and spelling skills through books, flash cards and CDs.