TUTORSPortland Literacy Council provides training for Volunteer Tutors during the academic year in the metro area.
What does a volunteer tutor
Depending on the literacy
choose, you might work one-to-one
with a student, work with a small
group, or work as a classroom
would I tutor?
You would work with adult
learners: immigrants, refugees, and native English speakers with
less than 8th-grade literacy skills.
See the list
of Portland-area programs below that use volunteer tutors.
The Training covers foundations and tutoring strategies
teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing to adult learners.
(Math and GED test preparation are not included.)
Tutor Training includes two classroom workshops, held on consecutive Saturdays
from 9 am to 4 pm.
What does it take to
successful tutor? What
is the time commitment?
Can you answer Yes to the following
- Can you commit to attending two 6-hour workshops held on consecutive
Saturdays from 9
you volunteer 2 to 4 hours per week for 6 months?
- Would you describe yourself as flexible, patient, and
- Do you have a sense of humor?
answered Yes to all of these
questions, you are a good volunteer tutor candidate, and we’d like you
feel that volunteer tutoring
isn’t the right fit for you, and you still want to volunteer your time,
let us know. Tutoring programs may need assistance with clerical tasks,
computer work, or other functions.
- Local Program
- Nonlocal Program
is due upon registration. Pay
online when registering or send a check payable to Portland Literacy
Send check to:
Portland Literacy Council
Attention: Tutor Training
P.O. Box 2872
Portland, OR 97208-2872
Training Attendance Policy
If you register for tutor
we hold a spot for you and look forward to your volunteer service.
are unable to attend training, you will need to notify us of your absence so
that we can serve others on the waiting list.
If you register for training
workshops, please be aware of these expectations:
- For absences or cancellations, notify us at
least 48 hours prior to the training, so that we can serve others on the waiting list. In the event of an emergency,
as soon as possible.
- Before 5pm on
the Thursday before the training, email the Portland Literacy Council
- Any time on the Friday before the training, or before 9
am on the Saturday of the training, leave a voice mail at 971-722-3700. Messages will be retrieved by
cannot provide refunds for missed training sessions. If you wish
to attend another session/day, a new registration and payment are
required. There will be no payment carry-over.
17 and 24 Tutor Training
workshop is OPEN.
when we have reached the
attendance, or at midnight the Thursday before each session,
whichever occurs first.
To register, click here:
Contact Peggy Murphy, Registrar: email@example.com
PROGRAMS NEEDING VOLUNTEER TUTORS
The following non-profit agencies are seeking volunteer
to work with adult students. Tutors can choose to work one-to-one, with
small group, or as a program assistant. To learn more about
becoming a volunteer tutor for one of these agencies, please contact
- Portland Community College, Cascade Campus -
Literacy Tutoring Services
One-to-one and small-group tutoring. ABE/GED, ESL, and;
Rhianna Johnson, Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Portland Community College, SE Center - Literacy
One-to-one and small-group tutoring. ABE/GED, ESL, and;
Gale Czerski, Coordinator, 971-722-6075,
- Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus - Literacy
One-to-one and small-group tutoring. ABE/GED, ESL, and
Mark W. Palmer, Coordinator, 971-722-4903, email@example.com
- SOAR Immigration Legal Services - A Program
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
7931 NE Halsey St., Ste. 302, Portland
Free citizenship preparation for legal permanent residents.
One-to-one and small group tutoring. www.soarlegal.org
ext 113, firstname.lastname@example.org
- WASHINGTON COUNTY:
- Beaverton Literacy Council (Beaverton)
Multi-level ESL tutoring, Citizenship tutoring, and Book Group.
Beaverton Community Center, Bethel Congregational
United Church of Christ, and other locations. For class schedules see
Centro Cultural (Cornelius)
1110 N Adair St., Cornelius
ESL, Adult Basic Education, INEA, GED
classes, and citizenship classes for
Spanish-speakers, year-round. Jessica Hanson, ESL
Coordinator, 503-359-0446, email@example.com
Dagoberto Cerrud, ABE & GED Coordinator,
503-359-0446 x35, firstname.lastname@example.org
PCC - Rock Creek Campus, Volunteer Literacy
Serving Beaverton and Aloha. ESL classes, One-to-one and small
Edit McDonald, Coordinator, 971-722-2578, email@example.com
St. Anthony Middle
9905 SW McKenzie, Tigard.
Multilevel ESL classes, free, no
childcare. Tues and Thurs eves, 10-week terms. Allen
Robinson, 503-675-3583, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tigard Methodist Church
9845 SW Walnut Pl, Tigard.
Free ESL classes, 3 levels,
open-entry, 10-week terms. Free chilcare. Paul Colligan,
Tigard Senior Center
Meals on Wheels office, 8815 SW O'Mara St, Tigard.
Kris Magaurn, Coordinator, 503-953-8185, email@example.com
18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin.
ESOL; 1-to-1 with library patrons, 2 hours per week for at least 3
Lauren Furnish, Community Librarian, 503-691-3077,
- CLACKAMAS COUNTY:
- Clackamas Community College (Oregon
City Campus and Harmony Campus)
Michelle Culley, Volunteer Literacy Tutor Coordinator, 503-594-3624,
*Learn more about becoming a volunteer tutor by
visiting PCC's Literacy Tutoring Services website.
ESOL Tutor and Student Learning Packets: (Download Free)
These ESOL packets were compiled by Adult Basic Skills
Volunteer Literacy Program Coordinators at Portland Community College.
The ESOL packets were made possible with the permissions of Pro Lingua
Associates and New Readers Press. They are made available to PLC
courtesy of the Oregon Literacy, Inc. website.