Volunteer as an ESOL Tutor

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We bring the community into ILI by providing a Volunteer Tutor Program.

General Program Information

The Volunteer Tutor program, begun in 1990, matches ESOL learners with community members for language and cultural exchanges. Learners come from a wide variety of places around the world such as Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Congo, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Honduras, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Zaire. They range from young adults to seniors and have diverse backgrounds and educational levels.

ILI provides a 12-hour ESOL Tutor training. Tutors are required to attend 2 consecutive free training sessions, observe 2 ESOL classes taught here at ILI (at least 6 hours) and maintain regular contact with the program coordinator.

Volunteers work with students on a one-to-one basis. Tutors supplement rather than substitute for classroom instruction. Language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing are practiced. All tutoring is done in English so it is not necessary to speak another language. Often tutors act as mentors who provide assistance with daily survival skills and/or cultural adjustments. The tutor program promotes intercultural understanding and cross-cultural appreciation.

Volunteers are required to make a 9-month or 3 semester commitment. We ask for a minimum of one session per week, usually 60 to 90 minutes. The schedule and location are negotiated between the learner and tutor.

The only qualifications one needs to become a tutor are: the ability to speak, read, and write fluently in English, cultural sensitivity and openness to different values/beliefs, and patience and willingness to provide encouragement.

2016 Tutor Training Dates:

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have completed the Tutor Application, you must register for a specific A, B, C or D training session. Email or call Amy Ben-Ezra, amy@ili.edu (413-586-7569 x100). At that time, we will schedule your classroom observations, choosing from the dates listed with each session.

A. Wednesday evenings, February 3 and 24, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Six hours of ESOL Evening Observations: January 20, 27; February 8, 17 and 22

B. Wednesday evenings, April 13 and May 4, 6:00-9:00pm  CANCELED

  • Six hours of ESOL Evening Observations: March 30; April 6, 11, 18, 25; May 2

C. Wednesday and Monday evenings, June 8 and 20, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Six hours of ESOL Evening Observations: June 15, 22 and 27

D. Wednesday evenings, October 12 and November 9, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Six hours of ESOL Evening Observations: October 5, 10, 19, 26; November 2, 7 and 14

NOTE: Morning observations, M-F 9am-noon, are available days. See Amy.

Prospective Tutor Information:

For people who have an interest in becoming a volunteer ESOL tutor at the International Language Institute, we recommend that you read the information for prospective tutors provided above, fill out the Volunteer Tutor Application and return it to the Volunteer Tutor Coordinator, Amy Ben-Ezra, The International Language Institute 25 New South St., Suite #101, Northampton, MA 01060. Thank you.

For Current Tutors

All tutors who are working with a learner need to record their tutoring hours. Download and print the form by clicking on the link below. Please return the completed form to Amy at ILI. If you encounter a problem, please inform Amy. Thank you.