LCNV Never SleepsJuly 12, 2010 at 2:08 PM | Posted in Announcements, Basic Literacy, Calendar, ESOL, Training, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
Lazy summer days? Not here at the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia! Although there aren’t any events happening this month, we are busy gearing up for the upcoming fall session. In particular, we are now recruiting for volunteers to attend the ESOL tutor trainings next month.
The ESOL Tutoring Program works with non-English speakers (who are likely illiterate in their native language) who want to work on speaking, understanding, reading and writing English. Currently on a waiting list to be matched with tutors, these adult students are eager to improve their English literacy skills by working one-to-one with a trained volunteer.
Each tutor is trained, matched with a student, and encouraged to meet weekly for an hour and a half at a location convenient to both the volunteer and the student. The Literacy Council provides intensive tutor training at their Falls Church office prior to starting an assignment (there is a $40 fee to cover the costs of training materials). The next three-day training will take place in Falls Church on August 14, 21, and 28 (all Saturdays) at 9:30 am-3:30 pm. Absolutely no teaching experience or knowledge of foreign languages is required. All that’s needed is your willingness to promote adult literacy in the community and serve others!
This volunteer opportunity is perfect if you want to:
- Help people learn English, but feel more comfortable working with someone one-on-one rather than teaching in front of a group;
- Enjoy the flexibility of setting your own schedule with your student;
- Receive satisfaction from seeing an individual’s progress from month to month;
- Follow the structure of established, time-tested instructional materials, but still have room to be creative with your own ideas.
~Belle Peñaranda, Director of Volunteers