Adult Literacy Tutor


Triangle Literacy Council

What You'll Do:

Imagine not being able to read a book to your child, or find the doctor’s phone number in the phone book. Many adults who struggle to perform these & similar everyday tasks turn to TLC for help. Become a literacy tutor and change a life!


Must be 18 years or older



If you are over the age of 18 with good reading skills, patience and a commitment to helping another adult achieve his or her goals, we can train you to be a tutor.

TLC Tutoring Programs serve two types of adult students, ABE and ESL.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) students are native English speakers who need help learning to read and write or improving their existing skills. An ABE student might work with his or her tutor on phonics, sight word recognition, grammar and punctuation, or reading comprehension. Students and tutors also work on topics relevant to everyday life, like searching and applying for a new job or reading and interpreting food labels. ABE students receive one-on-one tutoring twice a week in order to achieve their goals.

English as a Second Language (ESL) students are non-native English speakers who seek to overcome the language barrier by learning to read, write, and speak English. ESL students meet in small group classes (2-5 students) to gain the knowledge and confidence necessary to navigate an English-speaking world. Students and tutors work together to master new vocabulary, sharpen listening comprehension, and gain the experience to communicate effectively in English.

All tutor training workshops are held at the Literacy Council office located at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park (800 Park Offices Drive, Suite 202, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709). Volunteers must attend all four classes of a workshop. This workshop will train ESL small group class* tutors and one-on-one Adult Basic Education tutors. The cost for the workshop is typically $35, which covers materials and a textbook that the trainee will be able to keep. Because space is limited in each workshop, we must receive your application and fee to reserve your spot.

Once trained and matched with a student/class, you must meet twice a week for an hour to an hour and a half each time for at least six months. Students and tutors may meet in public libraries, coffee shops or any other public location that is convenient.



No location specified.


Date/Time: Volunteers Needed:  
Apr 6, 2017, 9am - Apr 6, 2018, 9am 52 Sign Up!