ESL Tutoring


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) Community Tutor helps a cluster of learners improve their speaking, listening, reading, writing and cultural understanding in a setting where multiple tutors are working with multiple learners at the same time and place (including over Zoom). Community tutors prepare learning materials and activities to help learners improve their English skills. ESL community tutoring allows learners to make new friends and to practice English in a casual, group setting. ESL community tutors are encouraged to attend tutor training where you will learn about the structure of different community 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 as assessed in a Learner Orientation. The tutor and learner(s) meet 2 hours/week for 6 months or more. Personal tutors complete 8 hours of Core Tutor Training where you will learn to craft goal-oriented sessions using authentic materials geared towards your learners goals, strengths, and skills. Staff assesses all learners entering the Personal Tutoring program and makes all tutoring assignments.

An English as a Second Language (ESL) Learning Lab Tutor helps a small- to large-sized group of learners improve their speaking, reading, and writing skills in a classroom-like learning opportunity. The tutor determines the topic, sets the agenda, and chooses the time/day and duration of the learning lab. Staff provides a list of offerings to learners 3 times a year. Learners can register online or by calling the office. Orientation is not required. Tutors interested in leading a learning lab should contact Alison (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) first for availability. 

To volunteer as an ESL tutor, register to attend an ABCs of Washtenaw Literacy Information Session, and click here to learn more about our tutor training.

You can register for training at the ABCs Information Session or afterwards by calling (734) 337-3338 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..