As with most tutor-learner duos at Literacy
DuPage, Karen and Christian started with the
basics – reading, writing and speaking the
However, shortly after they became a team, the
scope of their work expanded to include the
cultural aspects of literacy that make the
difference between merely surviving and thriving
in the U.S.
Christian moved to the U.S. with her husband
in 2005 knowing virtually no English.
She worked at fast-food restaurants before
starting her family. By the time Christian’s son
and daughter were in school, it became
increasingly apparent that she needed to
communicate with her children’s teachers,
doctors and other professionals.
Since they have started working together, Christian has
advanced to the point where she understands
about 90 percent of what is said to her. She can
easily converse with doctors, teachers and other
This last year has been filled with
accomplishments for Christian. She passed her
driver’s license exam and then started looking
“I have a new part-time job,” Christian related. “My interview was in English, and my boss
understood everything I said.”
There’s no question that Christian is thriving.
She’s confident talking with doctors and
teachers and even watching movies in English.
Join Literacy to learn more about our program and how you can help provide one-on-one tutoring to adults who want to learn English.
No teaching experience or foreign language background is necessary. You will receive 18 hours of tutor training post-orientation and ongoing support to help you meet your learner’s needs.
Learning happens one-on-one. Post training, you and your learner will meet at a mutually convenient time and place for one two-hour session each week.
You will help your learner gain practical skills. Our learners’ goals range from holding conversations with their children’s teachers, speaking with doctors, applying for a job or promotion and grocery shopping for chicken.
We have over 200 learners waiting to be matched with a tutor. Call (630) 416-6699 and ask for Laura W. or visit our website, www.literacydupage.org to learn more about how you can become a volunteer. A new training schedule will start in July.