Do I need a teaching background to become a Literacy Tutor? Absolutely not. While we welcome those with teaching experience, you do not need teaching experience. Instead you just need the heart and desire to commit to helping someone else. You do not need to know a second language to tutor someone in the process of learning English.
Do I need to go through any training? If yes, how long is it and what is the cost? You must complete approximately 10 hours of training that includes practice and demonstration of teaching techniques, lesson planning, and an introduction to various helpful materials. There is no cost for the training or the materials. These training sessions are offered twice a year. For those who are unable to attend, flexible training opportunities are available. Please contact the Literacy Coordinator.
What is the time commitment? We ask our volunteers to meet with their students a minimum of 3 hours per week for a minimum of six months. You are also expected to report the hours you meet with you student and their progress on a regular basis.
What happens if I need to miss a meeting with my student? You or your student may have valid reasons for missing some tutoring sessions, but we ask that each party inform the other in advance of an absence.
Where do I meet with my student? We provide places at our main site at the Longview News-Journal. You also are free to use any other public location which is convenient for you and your student. Some of our tutors and students have met at the library, at churches, or coffee shops.
What happens if I donít feel the match is working out? You should contact our Literacy Coordinator, who will talk with you about your concerns and either try to help resolve them or rematch you with another student.
What kind of support can I expect in meeting my studentís needs? ETLC offers a variety of resources and programs to support your work including:
A resource library where you can find appropriate material to use with your student
Additional free-in-service or networking sessions to learn new techniques and brush up on old ones
Ongoing availability of the Literacy Coordinator and other staff for advice and support
Contact Information: East Texas Literacy Council P.O. Box 311 Longview, Texas 75606 Phone: 903-757-9302 Fax: 903-757-7438 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org