are you interested in becoming
a volunteer tutor?
We’re thrilled! We have a long waiting list of students who would like to have a tutor, and your help is needed.
Many people think that they need to speak Spanish in order to become a tutor, but that’s not true. Having tutors who speak Spanish is helpful for our beginning students, but we have more advanced students who really need to practice speaking with an English speaker. You also don’t need to have any prior teaching experience.
Here’s what you do need in order to become a tutor:
• The availability to attend required trainings
• Time to tutor regularly
• The ability to speak English (We have many tutors who are not native English speakers, but their English is strong enough to function in everyday life.)
• Interest in language, communication and the process of learning
• Openness to meeting people from different cultures
• Patience, compassion and reliability
Here are the three ways you can volunteer as a tutor:
1.) Individualized Tutoring
In the Individualized Tutoring program you will be matched with a student who can meet at a time and a place that works for you. Our tutoring pairs usually start at the libraries in Aspen or Basalt, our office in El Jebel or another public location. As the tutoring pairs get to know each other they will meet in other locations.
The initial commitment is for an hour a week for six months, though most pairs meet for longer. While some tutoring pairs focus on structured English lessons, other pairs will focus on conversation or doing activities together. Tutors are expected to be “mentors” and not formal teachers.
The first step is to attend a three-hour Orientation Training. After you are matched with a student you will be asked to attend another three-hour Post-Placement Training.
Here are our upcoming Orientation Trainings:
- Monday, Aug. 21, 5:30-8:00 pm, Pitkin County Library, Aspen. Contact us to RSVP.
- Tuesday, Sept. 19, 5:30-8:00 pm, EIA Office, El Jebel. Contact us to RSVP.
- Tuesday, Oct. 24, 4:30-7:00 pm, Basalt Regional Library, Basalt. Contact us to RSVP.
- Tuesday, Dec. 5, 5:30-8:00 pm, Pitkin County Library, Aspen. Contact us to RSVP.
2.) Interactive English Sessions
English In Action is offering a new tutoring program called “Interactive English.” Tutors work with “groups” of 1-6 students once or twice a week for 8 week sessions. Each class is 1.5 hours long. Our goal is to offer an intensive learning opportunity for people on our waiting list and other community members. Class times will be selected based on your availability. If you would like to lead a session in El Jebel or Basalt, please let us know and sign up for an Orientation Training session listed above.
3.) Open Hours
If you don’t have time to volunteer weekly, Open Hours may be a good option for you. Open Hours is an informal drop-in class, which takes place at our office in El Jebel every Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. As a volunteer tutor you can sign up for the Thursdays that work best for you. We ask you to commit to at least eight sessions. While some tutors will come one or two times a month, others will come every Thursday for a few months.
Open Hours tutors are matched with a small group of one to four individuals, depending on the number of students who come each evening. Sessions may focus on informal conversation, reading, or doing activities and games that are intended to encourage students to learn English. Often student come with questions about topics they want to learn about.
Open Hours is a lot fun and a great way to meet a variety of wonderful students who are eager to practice and learn English. We will provide you with a personalized orientation to this program. Call our office at (970) 963-9200 or email us if you are interested.
If you are interested in volunteering for English In Action, but you don’t want to be a tutor, contact our office. You may be able to volunteer at an event or in our office.