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Help an Adult Learn English Language Skills: Become an ESL Tutor!

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Adult Literacy Services, Sacramento Public Library

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Help an adult learn to read better!

NOTE: This opportunity is normally in-person but being done remotely/virtually at this time, including the tutor pre-service training. However, many learners are not comfortable with technology and/or may not have easy access to wi-fi or good technology. We are working on this so that more opportunities are available and learners can continue or start to learn during this time. Please also note: Due to the time it takes to complete training and to find a learner who is a good match, this is not a quick-start opportunity, and we generally ask for a 6-month minimum commitment.

There is also an opportunity for virtual English Conversation Group Facilitator. Please let us know if interested or apply through the separate Volunteer Match posting under virtual opportunities https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp3299145.jsp.

Help adults better their lives by improving their English language skills!

Subject/Skills: English as a Second Language (ESL) - speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar; American culture

Target Levels: Beginning Low - Intermediate High

Note: You do NOT need to speak a language other than English.

Setting: One-on-one ongoing tutoring (not drop-in), occasionally small group (3-6) tutoring

Consider being a tutor if you are 18 or older, able to read, write, and speak English clearly; have basic computer skills; are patient and culturally sensitive; and are willing to do the following:

  • Tutor at least once a week for 1-2 hours each session;

  • Commit to a minimum of 6 months or longer;

  • Complete a tutor training workshop before beginning tutoring;

  • Participate in tutor in-service meetings throughout the year to reinforce your tutoring skills.

How it works - what happens after training?
After completing training, tutors are matched with a learner based on preferred locations (when not virtual) and day/time availability of both involved. Tutoring takes place at any of the 28 library branches, or may occur at some other public location or remotely/virtually. Basic materials for tutor and learner are provided at no charge. Literacy staff provides assistance and support as learners progress through the program.

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About Adult Literacy Services, Sacramento Public Library


Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Adult Literacy Services is simple: Assist adults in improving their basic literacy skills, thereby empowering them to reach their full potential, create stronger families, and participate more fully in society.


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Our tutoring program is learner-centered, based on each adult learner's personal, literacy-related goals
, such as write an email message, help a child with homework, get a better job, or get a driver license. Annually, we help about 250-350 learners improve their skills and reach their goals with the help of over 200 volunteer tutors who provide 15,000-20,000 instructional hours. Reading-writing and/or English language instructional materials are provided to assist the learner with skill development, but these should be complemented by additional real-life materials, resources, and other practice activities to help the learner achieve their personal goals. Tutors are not expected to stick to a set curriculum or timeline but instead are encouraged to be creative and learn what works best for their learner, and what motivates their learner.

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Sacramento Public Library Branches (28) / VirtualLiteracy Office at Central Library828 I StreetSacramento, CA 95814


  • Tutoring
  • Adult Education
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Cross-cultural Communication


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Once or twice a week, 1-2 hours each session
  • Have an email address and check it regularly. Basic technology skills are helpful. Strong technology skills preferred.

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