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Washtenaw Literacy tutors adults in reading, writing and English as a Second Language (ESL). We also help employers, health care providers, and human service agencies communicate more effectively with their employees, patients, and clients.

Learn about our basic literacy tutoring programs.

Get more information about our ESL tutoring programs.

Learn about our sensitivity and communication training programs.


Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Has Washtenaw Literacy's programming been affected by concerns over COVID-19?

Answer: Yes.  You may be eligible for a tutor who will work with you by phone, computer or in person.  We only have limited in-person tutoring.  

Question: Do I need a computer or for tutoring?

Answer: No. You may be able to meet in-person.  Or, you can join tutoring by phone. We cannot give you a computer, tablet, or phone for tutoring. We cannot give you internet access.

Question: How can I get help to improve my reading, writing, math or English?

Answer: You can study on your own, take a class, or find a tutor.  Washtenaw Literacy offers free tutoring.  The tutor will help you improve your reading, writing, speaking, listening, and/or math. Right now, tutoring options are:

  • Virtual Tutoring or In-person Tutoring: one-on-one or small clusters of 3-4 learners, meet over the phone or by computer
  • Learning Labs: small classes on specific topics, meet by Zoom.

Question: How can I get a tutor?

Click here for ESL!

Click here for Basic Literacy!

Question: How long will I wait for a tutor?

Answer: Right now, there will be a wait.  You will wait 3 weeks or maybe you will wait 4 months.  It depends on how many people registered ahead of you.  At your appointment, we will give you an estimate for your wait.

Question: What will I work on with my tutor?

Answer: Your tutor will help you improve your skills.  You will work on materials that are interesting to you.  All tutoring is planned to help you meet your goals.  You can even bring things to tutoring that you want to read.  The tutor is there to help you meet your goals so always tell them what you want and need.

Question: How long will it take to reach my goals?

Answer: Some learners reach their goals very quickly.  For some learners, it takes years.  It depends on your situation.  Are you close to your goals?  Do you still have many things to learn?  If you are never absent, you will improve more quickly.  If you practice at home, you will improve more quickly.  It all depends on you!

Question: Where do I meet my tutor?

Answer: For Virtual Tutoring, you will meet over the phone or by computer at a time that is easy for you. For In-Person Tutoring, you will meet at a public place.  You and your tutor will decide the best time to meet and the best way to connect.

Question: Can I meet my tutor in person?

Answer: Maybe. You must be fully vaccinated and current on boosters to meet in person.  You must wear a mask during tutoring.  Or, you can meet by phone or the computer. This is for everyone's safety. 

Question: How often do I meet my tutor?

Answer: You will meet with your tutor once a week.

Question: What if I have to cancel a tutoring appointment?

Answer: Everyone has emergencies.  You can cancel or reschedule a meeting by calling your tutor.  You must let your tutor know if you will miss an appointment.  If you cancel often or if you don’t call your tutor, your tutor will be assigned to another learner.

Question: I have more questions. Who do I talk to?

Answer: Contact Alison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (734) 337 - 3375.