Partners in Literacy


Partners in Literacy

Becoming a Tutor

To become a Literacy Volunteers tutor, you do not need to have teaching experience. You do not have to be able to speak another language. Our staff will provide you with all the training and support you need. We ask Tutors to commit to 1 year, one or two sessions per week, each session lasting 1.5 - 2.0 hours each.

If you become a tutor, we will provide you with training and match you with one or more students. You may teach adult students English conversation skills, reading or math. You might help them prepare for the citizenship exam, apply for jobs and meet other specific goals. What you teach depends on your areas of interest and the needs or goals of the individual student.



You will be assigned a program manager who will give you excellent textbooks to guide you through tutoring.You can attend Tutor Training for your chosen area (ESOL and/or Basic Literacy).

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages:
    Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program helps adults improve their comprehension, speaking, reading and writing of English. Your tutoring helps them communicate better with their children’s teachers, order a pizza on the phone, or read the directions on a prescription bottle. Some students go on to take college courses.
  • Basic Literacy: Our Basic Literacy program helps adult students improve their understanding of the written word.
    They may want to learn to read to grandchildren, get a driver’s license, earn a GED, or even become a minister. Your program manager will assign the text book that is best suited to your student’s reading level.

We have tutor locations throughout the Greater New Haven, Meriden/Wallingford and Valley areas.