Adult Literacy and ESOL Tutors

Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


8 Faneuil Hall Marketplace - 3rd floorBoston, MA 02109


As one of our basic literacy students said, "Without the help of Literacy Volunteers I know where I'd be -- sitting on the couch staring at a brick wall. Literacy Volunteers has given me the tools to break through that barrier, and for that I thank them." LVM volunteers help adults acquire the literacy and English language skills that empower them to realize their goals. By improving their basic skills through tutoring, adults are better able to meet life's challenges, be self-sufficient, provide for their families, help their children with homework, read a daily newspaper, enjoy more independence and gain self-confidence. Prospective volunteers attend a volunteer orientation (2 hours) and successfully complete a tutor training (18 hours) in either basic literacy or ESOL prior to being certified and matched to work with a student. Volunteers then work one-to-one with a student for 2 hours per week for a minimum of 9 to 12 months at mutually convenient times and places in the community. Lessons are student-centered and individualized so that an adult is learning skills building on individual strengths in the context of what is relevant, interesting and important to the student. All tutoring services are free and confidential. After being matched, volunteers and students receive ongoing support from LVM's professional staff. Support includes newsletters, inservice trainings and other professional development opportunities, special recognition events, a reference and lending library, and regular personal assistance. LVM is Massachusetts' leading provider of literacy tutoring for adults and has a network of 12 programs throughout the state. Each local LVM program sponsors additional services and activities based on the needs of the local community. Check us out at and!

Contact for upcoming orientation dates. Each session is from 6-8 p.m. Please contact for specific details on orientations and trainings.


Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hrs per week for 9 to 12 months
  • 2 hour orientation and 18 hour training required.

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