Volunteer reading tutors are the backbone of WALC. All of our tutors attend a 9 hour training course. Upon completion, the new tutors are certified as basic literacy reading tutors. WALC staff then matches the new tutors with students who want to improve their Literacy skills. A tutor will meet with his/her student twice a week for a total of two to three hours.
The purpose of literacy tutoring is to assist an individual age 17 (legally out of school) or older to improve reading and writing skills using a one-on-one instructional setting with emphases on workforce, family, and personal literacy goals and self-esteem building.
- No diploma, degree, or professional training required
- Well developed reading ability and the wish to share this ability with a non-reader
- Desire to help adult learners attain their personal literacy/workforce goals
- Willingness to accept diversity of WALC clients
- Agree to respect client confidentiality
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Meet with student regularly and notify student and WALC staff of all schedule changes.
- Follow a course of instruction within the framework of WALC policies and recommendations.
- Keep regular lesson times and notify student as early as possible of any necessary absence.
- Prepare lessons ahead of scheduled meeting time to optimize contact time with student.
- Submit monthly time and student progress calendars to WALC office.
- Attend periodic in-service tutor training.
- Conduct progress assessments as recommended by WALC staff.
- Need to be able to commit to tutoring for at least one full year to provide maximum continuity to the student.
- Weekly time requirement is approximately 3 contact hours plus preparation time, but this varies widely for each student.
- Attend one orientation session and all 9 hours of tutor training.
- Training covers the Laubach Way to Reading phonics-based instructional method.
- Other topics covered include learning and coping characteristics of under-educated adult learners, learning disabilities, and strategies for teaching students for whom English is not their first language.
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