The volunteer tutor program is Nashville Adult Literacy Council’s (NALC) primary mission. In this program, we match one adult learner with one volunteer tutor based on schedule and location preference. Learners are assessed by NALC staff, who then decide the best avenue of instruction for each individual.
What does this involve, and how much time is it going to take?
NALC asks volunteers for a six-month minimum commitment with a weekly time commitment of three hours. We suggest two 1.5 hour sessions per week, however, some pairs work one day per week for two or three hours. If your learner wants more hours, you may decide based on your schedule. We estimate that you will need 30 minutes to one hour per week for preparation time. Meeting times/locations are based upon your availability and preference. We currently have learner and tutor pairs meeting in locations all across Nashville – public libraries, coffee houses, religious institutions, and schools. All meetings must take place in public locations.
But I’m not a teacher, does that matter?
Not at all! As long as you have a desire to make a difference and are fluent in reading, writing and speaking English, you can help. Volunteers sign-up to attend one training.
During this training, we will share information with you concerning available tutoring opportunities. You will choose to work with an adult who needs literacy instruction, or with an adult immigrant needing conversation and English language skills. The training will give you the information and skills necessary to be a successful volunteer tutor. Things such as teaching techniques, characteristics of adult learners, and books that we use are covered throughout the session.
Please note that foreign language is NOT a requirement to tutor an adult immigrant. NALC will provide you with the skills and materials to work with someone who speaks a different language.
After training, you will talk with a NALC staff member about a potential learner. Once a learner is selected, we will set an appointment for a staff member to introduce you to your learner. At that meeting, we will give books and materials and establish the time and place of tutoring. We will provide a learning plan that identifies what you will cover in your teaching sessions. After that meeting, tutors and learners will communicate directly with each other for variations to the schedule, such as illness, overtime, and holidays.
How do I get started?
All tutors must attend training, regardless of background or experience. Upcoming training dates for the One-on-One Tutor program are listed below.
- Friday, May 17th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the West Nashville Office
- Saturday, July 20th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the West Nashville Office