Programs ► ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING
In this free program, we train volunteer literacy tutors to work one-on-one with Basic Literacy learners and English as a Second Language (ESL) learners.
Our learners are adult men and women of all ages, nationalities, and economic and social backgrounds, living in west suburban Chicago. They’re neighbors all around us, trying to fit in, communicate better, get jobs, or improve their work and family lives.
Our adult learners perform at the lowest levels of English proficiency, often below a sixth-grade reading level. Many cannot attend traditional English classes due to their schedules or other personal reasons. We have two main types of learners: Basic Literacy learners and English as a Second Language (ESL) learners.
Basic Literacy learners
Tutors assist adult learners who are proficient in English but may have difficulty identifying letters or words, reading a menu or sign, filling out a job application, or doing simple math. Tutors focus their lessons on improving the learner’s reading, writing, spelling, and basic math skills, if desired, in order to help the adult learner function more self-sufficiently.
English as a Second Language (ESL) learners
Tutors help adult learners with limited English skills learn to read, write, speak, and understand English better so that they can take a more active role in society. Learners may or may not be proficient in their native language but are living in a community in which improving their understanding and usage of English is crucial to their success at home and at work.
We begin by using in-depth interviews and extensive learning assessments of each adult learner to determine his or her learning needs, reading abilities, and life goals. The tutor then develops customized lesson plans that are used to guide the instruction. The tutor and learner meet weekly for two hours at a mutually agreed upon time and place.