English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Tutor

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Literacy Council of Buncombe County

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The ESOL program teaches oral English, reading, and writing to adults who have immigrated to the U.S. from around the world. With 250-300 adult students enrolled each year, the ESOL program serves approximately 80% of all Literacy Council students.

We currently have students from 21 countries, but most are from Latin America or Ukraine. Their most commonly stated goals in learning English are to improve their employment prospects and to help their children in school. Each student works with a trained volunteer tutor, either individually or in a small group of up to ten people. The tutor adapts and uses materials suited to each student’s English level, educational background, and learning goals.

While all ESOL students come to us to learn the English language, their reading and writing literacy levels may vary from beginner to fully proficient. Our personalized attention to each student’s unique needs means that we can help across all literacy levels. In order to make the tutoring sessions as convenient as possible for both students and tutors, we offer a wide variety of meeting places. Most sessions take place at the Literacy Council office in downtown Asheville. Other sessions are held in libraries, churches, schools, businesses, community centers, and cafes.

Upcoming Volunteer Orientation Sessions:

  • July 11, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  • August 5, 9:00 am-10:30 am
  • August 8, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
  • September 5, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  • September 16, 9:00 am-10:30 am
  • October 7, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  • October 10, 9:00 am-10:30 am

Register by emailing us @ volunteers@litcouncil.com or clicking the above link
Volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation before attending tutor training

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About Literacy Council of Buncombe County


31 College St., Building B. Suite 221, Asheville, NC 28801, US

Mission Statement

To increase comprehensive literacy and English language skills through specialized instruction by trained tutors.


The Literacy Council of Buncombe County teaches individuals basic reading, writing, math, and English language skills through individual and small group instruction by trained tutors. Students, young and old, gain self-confidence and develop self-sufficiency to transform their lives as individuals, parents/children, workers/students, and citizens.

Success comes from the trusted bond that develops between our instructors and our students. The Literacy Council, a non-profit organization accredited by ProLiteracy America and serving the community since 1987, provides highly individualized tutoring to fit the needs of over 300 students in three programs - Adult Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and the Augustine Project.


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31 College Pl, Suite B-221Asheville, NC 28801



  • Tutoring
  • Adult Education
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)




  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours per week for a minimum of one year
  • Tutors must attend volunteer orientation and 12 hours of tutor training

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