Do I need to know a second language to teach English to a non-native speaker?
You do not need to speak a second language. In fact, our training program assumes that you do not speak a foreign language. Our intensive training session will equip you to begin teaching a non-native to speak and read English.
Do I have to come to the Literacy Action office to tutor?
Many tutors like to use our offices because resource materials are close at hand. We have found, however, that the best site is one that is convenient for both you and your student. We tutors use public libraries, coffee shops, churches and business locations for tutoring. The only requirement is that you meet at a public site.
What happens if I need to miss a meeting with my student?
Over the course of a year or two, you and your student will have valid reasons for missing some tutoring sessions. Rescheduling is arranged to suit both parties.
What happens if I do not feel the match is working out?
You should talk to the Literacy Action coordinator who will discuss your concerns and either resolve them or assign you to another student.
What does it cost to be a literacy tutor?
There is no fee for participating in the program.
What are the benefits of becoming a volunteer tutor?
As a tutor you are personally addressing the huge issues of illiteracy. Watching your student master new skills is extremely gratifying. In addition, many tutors enjoy building new relationships and learning about other cultures. Tutoring is a rewarding activity at any age.
What are the commitments necessary to become a Literacy Action Tutor?
Before beginning as a Literacy Action tutor, individuals are required to review and sign a Volunteer Tutor Agreement. This agreement covers the primary tutor responsibilities and commitments. Prospective tutors should review the agreement before registering for a tutor-training workshop. Please contact the Literacy Action office if you have questions or need additional information.
If I am unable to tutor at this time, what else can I do to help the program?
There are many other ways to get involved. Look at the volunteer section above.
What else can I do? I am not able to make the time commitment to tutor a student right now.
Many people find that for various reasons they are not able to give the time necessary to tutor a student, but are able to make this a goal for the future. There are many other ways to get involved.
How do I get started?
If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities in the Little Rock and the Pulaski County area, Click Here