Tutors sought to teach English to adults
MILFORD >> Literacy Volunteers is offering training to volunteers who want to tutor local adults.
According to data from the Milford and Stratford School District Strategic School Profile, 2012-2013:
• There are more than 15,000 people in Milford and Stratford without a high school diploma.
• There are more than 1,600 adults who are not fluent in English.
• There are 53 non-English languages spoken in the city and town.
Literacy Volunteers is offering volunteer tutor training classes in English as a Second Language and Basic Literacy in two locations:
• Milford: Fannie Beach Community Center, 16 Dixon St., 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22.
Stratford: Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., 6-8 p.m. Feb. 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15.
Volunteer tutors will learn techniques to assist Basic Literacy and ESL students with dialogue, listening comprehension, oral fluency, phonics, reading comprehension and writing skills.
No teaching experience is required. All prospective tutors will be interviewed in advance.
For further information, call the main office 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 203-878-4800 or stop at the Stratford Library satellite office 10 a.m.-noon and 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays.
Also, those interested in working with students preparing for their General Equivalency Diploma examination, or who prefer to help adult students with basic literacy skills, may call the office to schedule an orientation meeting.
Literacy Volunteers is part of the ProLiteracy network of adult basic education and literacy programs.
ProLiteracy is working with its member programs to raise awareness of available ESL services.
“Non-English speakers in the U.S. can fall behind in education or employment in an already challenging job market,” said David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy.
“Language barriers can also prevent them from understanding important financial, educational, health care, employment or legal rights issues. By raising awareness of our members’ ESL programs, adults in need will know where to find resources that can help them gain skills to address everyday matters,” Harvey said.
For more information on Literacy Volunteers of Southern CT’s ESL and other volunteer programs, visit www.lvsct.org or call 203-878-4800.