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Fall ESL Tutor Training

(Organized by Portland Literacy Council)

Do you want to develop a personal connection with immigrants and refugees and support newcomers in the Portland Metro area?  Volunteer as an ESL tutor to teach English and life skills to empower non-native speakers in reaching their goals. Tutors serve as mentors and guides and often develop lifelong friendships with their students.  Many say that it is a highly rewarding way to serve our community.  Several ESL programs in the area utilize volunteers to supplement classroom instruction.  All volunteers are supported and supervised by a volunteer coordinator.  Some of the students who need tutors are:

  • Miriam came here four years ago from Ethiopia. Her native language, Amharic, uses a different alphabet and she is slowly and with great effort learning oral and written skills in English.  She is the mother of two teens and wants to move forward with her own career and supporting her family.  She needs a 1-1 tutor to help her improve her spelling and fluency.
  • Ahmed is from Iraq and lives with injuries sustained in the war there.  He is young and eager to improve his English.  He needs a 1-1 tutor to help him make progress.
  • Juan came from China two years ago and struggles with pronunciation and speaking in English.  He has improved his reading and writing skills in English but his oral skills lag behind.  He has lost heart in class because he hasn’t been able to move up in the program. He needs someone to encourage him and help him improve these weak skill areas. 
  • Celia went to school for only 6 years in Mexico and though she has lived in the US for a long time, her limited educational background makes it hard for her to progress with her English.  She knows that English is the key to her ability to support her kids in school, get a better job and participate in her community.  She would welcome the kindness and support of a tutor.

If you would like to help students like these, attending the workshop will give you the training and resources you need to get started.  If you have questions, please contact Kathleen Holloway at:

Fall Tutor Training

Registration opens August 22 for Fall Tutor Training (September 22 and 29). The workshops introduce the foundations and tutoring strategies for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing to adult learners (adult basic ed or English learners; no math or GED test prep). 

Here's what you need to know:

Tutor Training Workshops
Two Saturdays: September 22 and 29
Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Technology Classroom Building (TCB) 212
12000 SW 49th Ave
Portland, OR 97219

Fee: $30.00

Online Registration

Expect to attend both sessions and to bring your lunch. Parking is free.