ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
Your primary goal as a tutor is to help an adult acquire English skills. To do this, you
will need to build a ladder of successful learning experiences. Success builds the self-
confidence needed by the learner to tackle challenging material, to be willing to try
something new, to risk failure and to understand that mistakes are part of the learning
Before getting started, think carefully. Tutoring is challenging work. Are you prepared
to follow through on this program? Your respect for and commitment to the adult
learner are essential ingredients in the success-building process.
To help adults in the Santa Fe area to acquire conversational English skills and to
use those skills to meet self-identified goals, such as job advancement,
citizenship, and improved parenting skills.
The English as a second language tutor workshop offered is required;
participation in periodic in-service training sessions is voluntary but encouraged.
PLACE OF WORK:
One-to-one and/or small-group tutoring will occur in a location agreeable to both
parties, such as Santa Fe Community College, libraries, student homes and
Volunteer tutors and students should meet twice weekly for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. This
will easily be a 4 to 6 hour commitment each week, considering lesson
preparation and travel time.
DURATION OF WORK:
Minimum of 9 to 12 months.
1. Prepare for all scheduled meetings by planning lessons designed
specifically for the student, selecting materials and approaches that are
suitable to the student’s skill level and needs.
a. Meeting regularly and punctually.
2. Provide encouragement and support by
a. Helping the student develop confidence and a positive attitude
toward learning by affirming their progress.
b. Showing respect by listening to the student’s decisions about the
c. Giving praise whenever the student is successful and being
supportive rather than critical of mistakes.
d. Seeking to understand the psychological, emotional and physical
problems that may cause a student to have difficulty learning.
e. Keeping staff informed of situations in which referral to an outside
agency is appropriate.
3. Keep careful records of your tutoring hours, preparation hours and your
student’s progress and report these on a monthly basis to the office.
4. Have fun!
1. Literate (but professional training is unnecessary).
2. Dependable and prompt.
3. Friendly and enjoys relating to a variety of people in a non-judgmental and
4. Patient and optimistic.
5. Respectful of confidentiality of lessons.
6. Good humored.
1. Heightened perception of the world.
2. Increased understanding and appreciation of different values and
3. Increased skill in creative problem solving.
Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, in conjunction with Santa Fe Community
College, will provide training, teaching materials, support and supervision of