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Help Adult English Learners: Become a Virtual Conversation Group Co-Facilitator! Training Provided

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ORGANIZATION: Adult Literacy Services, Sacramento Public Library

  • 221 people are interested

Thank you for your interest! Would you like to help adult immigrants and refugees develop confidence in their speaking and listening skills? Are you a good listener with great cross-cultural and interpersonal skills?

This is an opportunity to co-facilitate an English Conversation Group for adult ESL/English language learners (ELLs) with Sacramento Public Library (California). There are virtual and in-person opportunities.

These groups are open to the public but may also include Adult Literacy ESL learners from our tutoring program.

This is NOT a class and not a teaching position, in the traditional sense; we chose the term "facilitator" for a reason! No lecturing please. We want facilitators who will minimize their own speaking and maximize participant speaking time. Volunteer facilitators are trained and guided by an Adult Literacy staff person with TESOL* expertise, so previous experience is not required. As a co-facilitator, you can contribute discussion ideas/content, facilitate discussion among adult ESL participants, and assist in particular with breakout room discussions.

The virtual conversation group sessions have a basic structure with a specific theme or topic (food, holidays, etc.) that a staff person creates, often based on participant and volunteer input, but are otherwise informal. In-person groups have more flexibility and allow for more facilitator independence, although general training guidelines and expectations still apply so that participants have a somewhat consistent experience across our large system.

The preferred number of co-facilitators per virtual session is 3, to help manage virtual breakout rooms. For in-person groups, 2 is usually sufficient and two may not always be needed. For in-person, if we have two or more facilitators for one location, you could work together and/or switch off as needed for personal scheduling reasons.

We currently offer 3 virtual conversation group sessions (listed below) and are looking for more in-person facilitators also, for different locations. You may commit to facilitating one or more sessions.

  • Thursdays, 1:00 - Beginner/Intermediate
  • Thursdays, 5:00 - Intermediate/Advanced
  • Fridays, 1:00 - "Make-up" session, tailored to average level using Thursday's topic(s)
  • Let us know if you are interested in in-person groups at certain library branches (28 total)
Due to the time it takes to train volunteers and for volunteers to become comfortable, we ask volunteers commit to 6 months or longer, but there is some flexibility. Longer-term volunteers also help build a sense of community and trust with participants for better persistence and outcomes.

Potential facilitators are welcome to observe a session and volunteer planning session before committing to the opportunity! Please contact us for more information.

*TESOL = Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

1 Shift

  • evening / 05:00 PM to 06:15 PM PST

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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.
This opportunity has 1 shift


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Adult Education
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Tutoring
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building




  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-1.5 hours per conversation group session, plus preparation time as needed (possibly at least 1 hour) but flexible, for 6 months minimum preferred.
  • Good listener, culturally sensitive, patient, flexible. Basic technology skills or willing to learn, including general Zoom skills, email, and internet navigation.

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