MILFORD >> Make a difference in someone else’s life! Did you know there are more than 15,000 people in Milford and Stratford without a high school diploma? Did you know there are more than 1,600 adults who are not fluent in English. Did you know there are 45 non-English languages spoken in these cities? (Data taken from the Milford and Stratford School District Strategic School Profile, 2012-2013). The Literacy Center is offering volunteer Tutor Training classes in ESL (English as a Second Language) and Basic Literacy this winter.

Tutor Training classes in Milford will be held at the Literacy Center, 16 Dixon St., from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, and 17.

Tutor Training classes in Stratford will be held at the Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., in Stratford, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

There is a $20 fee for course materials. 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 previous teaching experience required! All prospective tutors will be interviewed in advance. For more information, call The Literacy Center office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 203-878-4800.

Additionally, if you are interested in working with students preparing for their GED examination, or prefer to help adult students with basic literacy skills, call the Center’s office to schedule your orientation meeting.

The Literacy Center 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.”

For more information on the Literacy Center’s ESL and other volunteer programs, visit www.literacycenterofmilford.com or call 203-878-4800.