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Support Adult Immigrants in Improving English Conversation: Become a Group Co-Facilitator!

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ORGANIZATION: Adult Literacy Services, Sacramento Public Library

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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 the Sacramento Public Library (California). This is currently a virtual-only opportunity, but there may be future opportunities for in-person groups at different library branches.

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

The conversation group sessions have a basic structure with a specific theme or topic (food, holidays, etc.) but are otherwise informal.

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 preferred number of co-facilitators per session is 3, to help manage virtual breakout rooms.

We currently offer 3 conversation groups. 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)
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

3 Shifts

  • afternoon / 01:00 PM to 02:15 PM
    Thursdays
  • afternoon / 01:00 PM to 02:15 PM
    Fridays
  • evening / 05:00 PM to 06:15 PM
    Thursdays
  • NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
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About Adult Literacy Services, Sacramento Public Library

Location:

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.

Description

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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.



CAUSE AREAS

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

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 3 shifts

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Adult Education
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Tutoring
  • Teaching / Instruction

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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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