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Frequently asked questions

If you can spare about an hour each week, we can fit tutoring into your schedule.

One of the most satisfying things about being a literacy volunteer is that you get to see the direct results of your volunteer efforts. It’s not like giving an anonymous can of food to the food bank. From week to week, you’ll see your student get more comfortable and fluent in English and you’ll know you are making a big difference in his or her life.

What is a lesson like?
Tutoring is very social – it’s informal and fun. You will start with conversation then practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Time passes quickly because you and your student are really engaged with each other.

Do I need a teaching degree?
No. You don’t need a background in education. Our tutor training will teach you everything you need to be successful.

Is there an age requirement?
Yes. Anyone age 21 and over is eligible.

Do I need to have a second language?
No. The more students have to depend on English, the faster they will learn.

What is the time commitment?
One hour a week for the lesson and some time for lesson preparation. There is no length to your commitment. Teach for as long as you feel that you are being effective.

What qualities do tutors have?
Students say that the best literacy tutors are patient, listen and give practical information.

When do tutors and students meet?
Mornings, afternoons or evenings. At tutor training, we will ask when you are available for tutoring. We ask students the same question at enrollment. It is one of the criteria we use to match you.

Where will I meet with my student?
Always a public place. Most literacy tutors meet at the St. Charles, Batavia and Geneva Public Libraries as well as the Town & Country Public Library in Elburn.

Photo by Bob Gilmartin Photography

“We are truly making progress one word, one phrase, one explanation at a time.”

—Kathleen W., LVFV tutor


 Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley • One South Sixth Avenue • St. Charles, IL • 60174 • 630-584-2811