Adult literacy volunteers are needed at the Stateline Literacy Council (SLC) to work one-on-one with adult learners in ELL (ESL), GED, and Citizenship classes or who have specific personal goals but are not enrolled in a class. If you are interested in learning more about this rewarding experience and making a significant difference in the life of an adult learner, please read on and contact us.
Can anyone volunteer?
Volunteer tutors must be able and ready to make a commitment to help adults improve their English, math, civics, or other subject not just for a day or two but for a semester (or longer) for one to two hours per week.
Volunteer tutors must be able to demonstrate compassion, patience, and respect when working with their tutees. They must also be able to communicate effectively with persons of other cultures.
Volunteer tutors must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma and have a strong command of the English language in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
Volunteer tutors must participate in the Adult Literacy Tutor Training before tutoring. The training orients tutors to the Stateline Literacy Council’s goals and mission and discusses the instructional strategies necessary to tutor adult learners.
Volunteer tutors working with tutees enrolled in SLC classes, must visit their tutee’s class at least once at the start of the semester to receive a syllabus and gain a good understanding of the tutee’s skill level and capabilities in a classroom setting.
Volunteer tutors must complete a short application to provide contact information, available times, and preferences regarding in what area they wish to tutor (English, math, civics, etc.).
With whom are volunteer tutors matched, and where do they meet?
According to their available times and the subject area they feel most comfortable tutoring in, volunteer tutors are matched with either an adult student enrolled in an ELL, GED, or Citizenship class at SLC or an adult seeking tutoring for specific personal reasons.
Volunteer tutors are strongly encouraged to meet with their tutees in a public place, preferably in the Beloit Public Library, where the Stateline Literacy Council is located.
Do ELL tutors need to speak Spanish or some other language?
While knowing more than one language will help tutors have a better understanding of how languages work and what the pitfalls tend to be for language learners, tutors do not need to be able to speak a second language to become a literacy volunteer. Some tutees will, however, need and request a bilingual tutor.
Will volunteer tutors have access to ongoing support and resources?
In additions to receiving Adult Literacy Tutor Training, tutors are strongly encouraged to use the resources available in the SLC and to contact the Program Coordinator and/or the instructors with questions and for support.