- Is the 15 hour training required?
Yes. We teach you about CLC policies/procedures, teaching methods for adults, essential life skills needed for adults, goal setting techniques, lesson planning, introduce you to our materials for adults, and much more. If you must miss one day, we will make it up one on one another day.
- What qualifications do I need?
If you have the heart to help another person better their life (empathize with an adult who has literacy difficulties), if you are patient and flexible – we will teach you everything else.
- How much of my time is required to be an effective tutor?
Typically tutors and students meet twice a week for one to two hour sessions. Then time is spent in preparation for the lessons. The average weekly commitment is approximately 2-4 hours.
- How do I get matched with a student?
This will be based on your availability and your preferences.
- Where do I meet with my student?
You will meet with your student for the first time at the Literacy Council. This first meeting is a get to know you session. You and your student will then discuss the most convenient public place to meet. Many tutor their student(s) at our office.
- When do I meet with my student?
It is recommended you meet with your student twice each week for one-two hour sessions. Again, you and your student will determine a schedule that works for the both of you.
- How long do I work with my student?
The length of the student/tutor partnership depends on student needs and tutor/student ability to meet each other’s schedules. We do ask for a 1 year commitment (taking vacations of several weeks a few times during the year is fine – you have a life too).
- What does ELL, ESOL or ESL mean?
ELL means English Language Learners.
ESOL means English for Speakers of Other Languages.
ESL means English as a Second Language.
- Do I need to speak Spanish?
No, English is the only language needed to teach English. First languages of CLC students include but are not limited to: Burmese, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Ukraine, Portuguese, as well as Spanish.
- What do I have to report each month?
You will need to report your time spent each month in preparation and instruction. These may be submitted online or manually at the CLC office.
- What if I’m not very good in math?
We will match you with a student whose priority and goals are not math related. We have some tutors that prefer to only teach math if possible.