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English Conversation Facilitators Needed! (Natomas area) Training provided

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ORGANIZATION: Adult Literacy Services, Sacramento Public Library

  • 19 people are interested

Do you love interacting with people from different cultures and languages? Are you great at making others feel welcome and connecting with people from diverse backgrounds?

English Conversation Group Facilitator (for adults) at Sacramento Public Library may be the volunteer position for you!

Not a teaching position, no teaching experience required, and bilingual not required but helpful. No specific education requirement. Training and ongoing support provided. Participants are often native speakers of a variety of languages (not one dominant language).

This is intended to be an informal, friendly, relaxed conversation group that is based on a particular theme/topic for each session and has some structure but only minimal direct instruction, if any. It is not meant to be a class. No teacher lecturing, please! Facilitator talk should be minimized in order to maximize participants' fluent speaking opportunities. Think of it as creating a social space for participants to speak and connect with each other, and even have fun.

If you are more interested in teaching, we do also need ESL Tutors throughout Sacramento County.

Top personal qualities and skills desired:

  • Humble, curious, patient, creative, flexible, culturally competent, self-aware
  • Comfortable with beginner level English speakers
  • Values participants' interests and needs over own
  • Fluent in English and easily understood by others
  • Excellent facilitation skills or willingness to learn, encourages peer interaction
  • Willingness to incorporate interactive activities
  • Models activities and instructions (vs. explains only), even if feels outside of comfort zone (e.g. role play)
The group meets once a week, for one hour. Some preparation time should also be factored in, although the length of time may depend on the person. A minimum of 15-30 min should be expected. The group currently meets Friday evenings at 5:00.

This recruitment is specifically for the North Natomas library, in person, but we will have openings at other Sacramento library locations in the future, and we also have virtual opportunities available.

We hope to have at least two volunteers per group who can work together or lead independently, as needed, if one person is unavailable. Library staff support is also available as needed.

Please contact us if you are interested in this opportunity or have questions.

If you are more interested in tutoring, see our "Help an Adult English Learner..." posting or use this posting to contact us and make a note in the comments.

We look forward to hearing from you!

1 Shift

  • evening / 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
    Prep/set-up time 4:45 - Fridays / May be possible to change day/time if needed.

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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.


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North Natomas Library4660 Via Ingoglia StreetSacramento, CA 95835



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




  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hour, once a week + some planning time
  • English language fluency and ability to be easily understood by others.

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