To tutor with us, you don’t need to speak another language. You just need to be

  • 18 or older; 
  • able to read, write and speak clear and fluent English,
  • and have at least high school diploma or GED.

You'll also need to attend our 18-hour training and commit to tutoring an adult for 2 hours weekly over a period of at least nine months. Giving your time as a volunteer tutor is a great way to give something back and to make a difference.

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FAQs for Tutors

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Our tutors receive 18 hours of free training before working with a student, and they are supported during their tutoring with regular workshops, resources, and professional staff. We train tutors in Basic Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutoring.

Our next Volunteer Information Session will be on Monday, September 16, from 5-6:30 PM at the Fitchburg Public Library. Come find out more about our program.

Our next ESOL Tutor Training will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30 PM, starting October 9 at the Fitchburg Public Library:  October 9, 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30. Trainees must complete all 6 sessions. Please apply by September 25.

​Please contact Amy West, Program Coordinator via phone (978-343-8184) or e-mail for more information.

  1. What are the qualifications or most important quality to become a Literacy Volunteer Tutor?  
    You need at least a high school diploma or equivalency. Enthusiasm, patience, and an understanding of others are the best qualities to have when tutoring.

  2. Do I need to speak the language of the student?  No. Our program teaches students to speak and read in English.If student struggles with English the tutor is trained to use different methods of communication. We encourage the student to use dual-language dictionaries or electronic translators.
  3. How often and where do we meet?
    Tutor and student typically meet for two hours weekly in a public place such as a local library. Tutor and student are free to decide if additional sessions are needed. 

  4. Will I receive training and is there a cost associated with this training? 
    Free training is provided by the Literacy Volunteers office and facilitated by professionally trained instructors.  There is no cost and each person is given the training manuals and handouts used when working with students.
  5. Are there lesson plans to follow or can I create my own curriculum?
    Our tutoring is collaborative and individualized. Every tutor is trained in lesson planning. The tutor and student will develop goals together, and the tutor can incorporate both prepared and original materials and activities in their lessons.

  6. Are there assessment tests in place to measure progress?
    We evaluate each student when they are join our program and another evaluation is given annually in May or June after at least 30 hours of instruction.
  7. How does the tutor know when the student is ready to end the sessions?
    We do not set timelines for anyone. It very much depends on the student's goals and progress. If a tutor and student can no longer work together because of schedule changes, we can re-match the tutor and student with others. 

  8. How long is my commitment to Literacy Volunteers? 
    We ask each tutor for a 12-month commitment.  Many tutors develop a good working relationship with their student, and they usually stay for as long as the student needs them.
  9. Can I tutor more than one student?

  10. Is there a support system in place for the tutor if they encounter challenges?
    The Program Coordinator is there to support and assist tutors when they have questions, or need suggestions on dealing with issues that may arise in their sessions.  Tutors are welcome to stop by the office at any time, but should probably call or e-mail to let us know to expect you.