Upcoming Tutor Orientation and Training
Training of volunteers to tutor English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) begins soon. You don’t need to speak a foreign language to help someone learn English. The training provides information on issues common in working with adult speakers of other languages and techniques for teaching communication skills and overcoming language barriers. All six sessions are required.
Orientation and Training Dates
Orientation: September 26, 2018 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Training: October 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 and November 1. All sessions from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Training will be held at the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s public library, located at 1 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield.
Tutoring is a wonderful way to make a real difference in the lives of people who want to improve their lives through learning.
The first step in becoming a tutor is to attend an orientation. During this meeting you’ll learn more about the program, what a typical tutoring experience is like, and what you’ll learn in the tutor training. Volunteers don’t have to have prior teaching experience, and it’s not necessary for a volunteer to speak a foreign language to help a student learn to speak or read English.
All volunteers complete 18 hours of training, held in six sessions of three hours each, over a period of three weeks. You will learn about teaching techniques, materials and lesson planning. Once you’ve completed the training you’ll be matched with a student. We ask that you make a 6-9 month commitment to the program, giving two hours of tutoring and an hour of prep time each week.
Tutors and students meet at the Pittsfield public library at a time that’s mutually convenient. There’s no set curriculum; each tutor/student pair works together to reach the student’s individual goals. LVBC’s staff provide ongoing support, guidance, materials and other resources to help both the student and tutor succeed in achieving the student’s goals.
Volunteers must be 18 or older and have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
We would be glad to notify you of our next training. Please contact us at (413) 499-9487 or LVBC@bcn.net to let us know you’re interested. You can also find upcoming orientation and training dates on the Events page.
“I enjoy working with people and want to give my time in a helpful way, to make a difference in someone’s life.”
– Bea B., Tutor