The Literacy Council needs volunteer tutors

Online Staff Report

The Literacy Council is looking for more volunteer tutors to be matched with adults who need to improve reading skills. There is a long waiting list of adults who want to work with tutors on reading skills. Tutors instruct them in phonics, reading comprehension and writing. To become a tutor, you must be older than 18 years, have a high school diploma, possess good communication skills, flexibility, patience and have the willingness to meet with a student for two hours a week for a minimum of one year.

Those who want to become a volunteer tutor are invited to sign up for The Literacy Council’s free New Tutor Workshop series. The volunteer tutor workshop series, consisting of six classes, will be held Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. The Council will also be offering an online workshop that begins with an orientation on Aug. 6. Both workshops will be held at The Literacy Council, 982 N. Main St. in Rockford. Volunteers will learn techniques for teaching reading and English as a Second Language to adults. After attendance at the workshop, tutors will be matched with a learner for one-on-one instruction for two hours each week for a minimum of one year. They can work with their learners in Rockford, Belvidere or Loves Park.

Individuals interested in volunteering their time to share the joy of reading with an adult may visit to choose a workshop and download a registration form. Or call The Literacy Council today at (815) 963-READ.

Posted Aug. 1, 2012

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