Become a Tutor Volunteer

David Muething uses Google Translate to help his Hungarian students learn English.
David Muething uses Google Translate to help his Hungarian students learn English.

Who can become a tutor?

Anyone 18 years of age or older interested in improving someone’s life by serving as a volunteer tutor to help an adult improve their reading and writing skills, or teach English as a second language. A good command of the English language and grammar is required, but prior teaching experience and/or fluency in multiple languages are not mandatory. Basic knowledge of computers and email is helpful when planning lessons and communicating with other tutors.
You will have the choice to attend weekly conversation classes and/or meet one-on-one with your student. Each student-tutor relationship is unique, but it is recommended you have at least bi-weekly contact with your student to establish a routine and develop a connection.

What will you learn?

Every tutor must attend the Tutor Training Seminar which is offered every few months. This training will provide you with the initial tools to teach reading to adult students with limited literacy skills and basic language skills to non-English speakers. Training is a one-day course, but it is recommended tutors attend conversation classes early on to observe other instructors and meet students. A training committee and other experienced tutors provide continuous support along your journey to becoming a tutor. Information regarding the Tutor Training Seminar can be found on the LCUP homepage.
Fill out the information below if you are interested in becoming a tutor with the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas.