English as a Second Language Volunteer Tutor

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Greenville Literacy Association, Inc.


GLA works with international adults ages 17 and older who wish to learn English. We serve a diverse population, with students in our program from over 60 countries. GLA asks students to commit to a 60- hour course in order to allow time for language learning to occur. All students take an English pretest upon registration and are placed in level-appropriate small group classes. Program managers and volunteer teachers work with the students to meet their goals of managing everyday life, communicating with teachers and others in the community, getting a job, and moving on to higher education. After 60 hours of study and successful completion of a post-test, the student will receive a certificate and move to the next level of classes.

All GLA Program Managers who work with the ESL programs are TESOL Certified instructors.

Citizenship Classes
GLA offers Citizenship preparation to those who need to pass the Naturalization Test. (This class is separate from our 60-hour program.) Students must register for this class and test at an ESL Level 3 or higher. The curriculum includes classroom instruction using civics and English study materials from the USCIS website, interview and test video, 100 questions and more.

Training workshops are regularly scheduled throughout the year to provide tutors with instruction on various teaching techniques. You must register for a workshop through a program manager, in order to attend. Opportunities for tutoring include either one-on-one or small group.

Volunteer Qualifications
  • Relates well to people
  • Encouraging and optimistic
  • Dependable, flexible and patient
  • High school diploma or GED
  • At least 18 years old

Please email Benedicte Eades. eades@greenvilleliteracy.org. She will contact you and make an appointment for you to visit the learning center to learn more about the program. You will also have an opportunity to observe a small group, meet some of the students, and see if tutoring is right for you. Then, a Program Manager will sign you up for the volunteer training most convenient for you.

Greenville Literacy Association (GLA) makes every reasonable effort to provide a safe learning environment for students working with volunteers. Therefore, GLA requires that prospective volunteer tutors submit to a criminal background check (not credit) at their own expense. The approval of your application is conditioned on the results of the background check.

Once mutual interest has been established, the GLA Program Manager will provide a link to the online background check portal hosted by IntelliCorp. The prospective volunteer tutor will enter and submit information directly to IntelliCorp; we do not collect this information. The cost is $17.54 and will be paid by the prospective volunteer tutor with a credit card.

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About Greenville Literacy Association, Inc.


McAlister Square, 225 South Pleasantburg Dr, Suite C-10, Greenville, SC 29607, US

Mission Statement

Greenville Literacy Association’s mission is to enrich our community by increasing the literacy and employability of our citizens.


GLA was founded more than fifty years ago when a group of community leaders realized that there had to be solutions to the problem of adult under-education. Today the Association is one of the largest community-based literacy programs in South Carolina and one of the most highly developed in the nation. Hundreds of trained volunteer tutors and small group instructors are active in the agency's programs, literally changing lives in a very positive way. GLA serves the community through two earning centers in Greenville and Simpsonville, and through partnerships in Greer, West Greenville and the Berea area.


We'll work with your schedule.


1102 Howard DriveSimpsonville, SC 29681



  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • English
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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