Upcoming Tutor Orientation and Training

Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County will hold an orientation for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer tutor in English for Speakers of Other Languages on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Tutor Requirements

Because of an increase in the number of students seeking help with English, Literacy Volunteers currently needs more tutors. Anyone who has graduated from high school is eligible to become a literacy volunteer and knowledge of a foreign language is not required to be a tutor.

Orientation Session

The orientation will include information about the services offered by Literacy Volunteers, what a typical tutoring experience is like, and what’s involved in a volunteer commitment. Karen Wallace, Director, will provide information about the next training, which will be held at the library from 1:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. on May 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23. The orientation and training sessions are free.

Training Information

Emma Britten, ESOL specialist, will lead the training. She’ll address issues common in working with adult speakers of other languages and techniques for teaching communication skills and for overcoming language barriers. In order to become a tutor, volunteers attend 18 hours of training. A tutor and student can then be matched and meet at a time convenient for both of them. When a tutor is matched with a student, ongoing support and training are provided.


For more information call 499-9487, email LVBC@bcn.net or use the “Contact Us” page here.