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Tutor Training - Get started this fall!

Saturday, Nov 5th  9:oo to 2:3o pm for information and to register: 11/5/2016

Saturday, Dec 3rd  9:oo to 2:3o pm for informatoin and to register: 12/3/2016

216 N. Hayne Street (Historic Downtown Monroe)

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Compassionate and enthusiastic instructors (tutors) are critical to the process of helping the Literacy Council's adult students achieve their literacy goals.  

This training willl provide general information about adult literacy and explain how we provide ‘contextualized instruction’ to students. Our learning model helps men and women who read below a 12th grade reading level achieve life skill goals related to parenting, employment, civic engagement and health. Students--those who speak English and those who want to learn to speak English as a new language--meet these goals through the improvement of their English language skills.

Our goal for training is to give you the information you will need to complete the first six months of instruction.Once, matched with a student, the Council provides a curriculum teacher’s guide, student book and workbooks. 

Before you leave, you can review our waitlist of students and select a tutoring session time that’s convenient for your schedule.

Register using the link above or send questions to director@literacyunion.org.

Volunteer Tutor Job Description

A tutor’s educational background does not matter.

Patience, understanding, persistence and flexibility are important.


A tutor should be:

  • 18 years or older and have earned a high school diploma or equivalent

  • Fluent in English (both oral and written)


A tutor should commit to:

  • Sign a Statement of Confidentiality (because we promise confidentiality to our students) and Waiver of Liability

  • Commit to at least six months of tutoring. Why?  Students are tested for learning progress after 40 hours of instruction, which may take six months to reach. Tutors who stay with a student for a learning cycle will see student progress and have a good volunteer experience.

  •  Meet with a matched student (or a few students, if tutoring a small group), in a public place at least once a week for two hours. The Council offers space and has agreements with libraries, churches and a couple of businesses in Union County. Tutors select the date, time and location that suit them.

  • Attend at least one in-service training every six months. The Council will offer plenty of in-service trainings. These short sessions give lesson planning tips and provide a forum to give feedback for continuous improvement.

A tutor’s job duties:

  • Prepare lesson plans ahead of time. (Training shows you the ropes.)

  • Keep a portfolio of your student’s progress. (Staff will provide a Student Learning Plan.)

  • Submit accurate records of tutoring hours and student progress on reaching goals to the Council by the 5th of each month. (There’s a form on our website.)


Our Mission

The mission of Literacy Council of Union County is to improve the quality of life in our community and expand individual potential by teaching adults and families to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.