The Basic Studies Volunteer Tutoring Program provides individual and small group tutoring for adult learners enrolled in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) basic skill classes so that they can gain the academic skills needed to advance to their next class level. For those individuals who are waiting to enter ESL classes, the program provides Talk Time sessions so that they can heighten their conversation and comprehension skills in preparation for a classroom experience.
Volunteers are recruited from the community as well as from the college, and are trained to tutor basic reading, writing, math, and ESL. Potential volunteers must have a High School Diploma or a GED to apply. The Volunteer Tutoring Program offers volunteer opportunities in the following areas:
- Individual or Small Group Tutoring: Tutors have the option of working with students on a one-to-one basis or with a group of 2-4 learners.
- Classroom Instructional Aides: Classroom aides assist ABE and ESL instructors in the classroom. This setting provides an excellent learning opportunity for those interested in pursuing a teaching-related profession.
- Talk Time Facilitators: Volunteers lead conversation/discussion groups with ESL learners in an informal social setting. This allows learners to build conversational skills in a lively, comfortable environment.