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Literacy DuPageSuite 217NapervilleNaperville, IL 60540
Karen & Christian
As with most tutor-learner duos at Literacy DuPage, Karen and Christian started with the basics – reading, writing and speaking the English language. 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 English speakers. This last year has been filled with accomplishments for Christian. She passed her driver’s license exam and then started looking for work. “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, to learn more about how you can become a volunteer. A new training schedule will start in July.

We look forward to hearing from you !


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

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours/week for 6 months after training
  • Attend 18 hours of training post orientation.

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