Become a Tutor

Make an Impact on the Lives of Others

Training & Development

Our tutors offer 90-minutes of weekly instruction to guide learners to greater English-language proficiency. Volunteer Literacy Tutors serve as teachers, mentors, coaches and facilitators to assist learners in advancing in English and achieving their personal life goals. All instruction is in English. Knowledge of another language is not required.

Tutor Qualifications

  • 18 years of age
  • Reside in Illinois
  • Native or near native English fluency
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be available to tutor for 90-minutes at the same time each week between 9am-8pm Monday – Thursday
  • Prepare lesson plans and complete required paperwork (approximately 30-minutes a week)
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Dependable and prompt
  • Relate well to a variety of people
  • Willingness to maintain learner confidentiality

Preferred Qualifications

Some of the best tutors are those who are flexible and friendly, as well as patient and optimistic when working with our learners. We love when our tutors have a sense of humor, too!

Apply to Become a Tutor

All prospective volunteer ESL tutors are required to participate in a 13-hour pre-service training. Volunteer literacy tutors are encouraged to participate in additional development opportunities provided throughout the year.

Tutor Workshop Fees

If you would like to pay your tutor workshop fees online, you can do so here.