Beyond reading and writing, literacy is the ability to communicate with others. Many adults contact Washtenaw Literacy to learn English. Their well-being, safety and their families’ futures depend on how well they understand, speak, read, and write in English.
An English as a Second Language (ESL) Open Tutoring tutor helps learners improve their speaking, listening, reading, writing and cultural understanding in a class-like environment where multiple tutors are working with multiple learners in the same place at the same time. Open tutoring tutors prepare learning materials and activities to help learners improve their English skills. ESL open tutoring allow learners to make new friends and to practice English in a comfortable setting. ESL open tutoring tutors are encouraged to attend tutor training where you will learn about the structure of different open tutoring sites, how to address your learner's goals, and practice teaching strategies. Learners are assessed on site and tutoring assignments may change week to week.
An English as a Second Language (ESL) Personal tutor helps an individual or cluster of learners improve their English speaking, reading, and writing skills to reach a variety of goals: going to the grocery store, obtaining employment, helping a child with homework. Learners must meet specific criteria to qualify for a Personal Tutor: the learner needs a GED or did not complete basic education in their home country; the learner does not have basic reading or writing skills in any language; or the learner has a disability that makes group learning impossible. The tutor and learner(s) meet weekly for 2 hours. Personal tutors complete 15 hours of Core Tutor Training where you will learn to craft goal-oriented sessions using authentic materials geared towards your learners goals, strength, and skills. Staff assesses all learners entering the Personal Tutoring program and makes all tutoring assignments.
To volunteer as an Open Tutoring or Personal ESL tutor, learn more about our tutor training, and register to attend an ABCs of Washtenaw Literacy Information Session.