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Help Adult English Learners: Become an ESL Tutor! Training Provided

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ORGANIZATION: Adult Literacy Services, Sacramento Public Library

  • 647 people are interested

This opportunity may be virtual or in-person, at any of our 28 library branches in Sacramento County.

Please 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 at https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp3299145.jsp.
Would you love to mentor and support an adult immigrant from your community in developing their English language skills? Are you patient, flexible, and a creative thinker?
If yes, this opportunity may be a good fit for you! No previous experience needed.

You do NOT need to speak a language other than English, although it can be helpful!

Subject/Skills: English as a Second Language (ESL), English language learning (ELL): speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar; American culture; citizenship.

Target Levels: Literacy/Beginning Low - Intermediate High

Setting: One-on-one ongoing tutoring (not drop-in), occasionally small group (3-6) tutoring; in a library, other public place, or virtually.

Consider being a tutor if you are 18 or older, able to read, write, and speak English clearly; have basic computer skills (or willing to learn); 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 or learn new program-related information.

  • Regularly check your email.

How it works - what happens after training?
After completing pre-service 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. Currently, all tutoring is virtual.

Basic materials for tutor and learner are provided for free.

Literacy staff provides assistance and support as learners progress through the program.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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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.


Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees
Community, Education & Literacy, Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Sacramento, CA 95814



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


  • 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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