Answers to Your Tutoring Questions

Answering your questions about tutoring:

WHO CAN BECOME A TUTOR?
WHAT COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED OF A TUTOR?
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BECOMING A TUTOR?
WHEN AND WHERE ARE WORKSHOPS HELD?
HOW ARE TUTORS AND STUDENTS MATCHED?
ARE STUDENTS EVER TAUGHT IN SMALL GROUPS?
WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE STUDENTS TAUGHT?
WHO ARE THE STUDENTS IN THE TUTORING PROGRAM?
WHAT DO THE STUDENTS LEARN?
WHAT ON-GOING SUPPORT IS PROVIDED TO TUTORS AFTER WORKSHOPS ARE COMPLETED?
HOW DOES LCMC FIND STUDENTS?
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE INFORMATION SESSION AND WORKSHOPS?
IS THERE ANY OTHER WAY TO SUPPORT LCMC BESIDES TUTORING?

WHO CAN BECOME A TUTOR?
Any adult over the age of 18 who can read, write, and speak English fluently may become a tutor. No teaching experience or knowledge of a foreign language is necessary. All lessons are conducted in English.

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WHAT COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED OF A TUTOR?
Learning new language skills takes time and patience. Tutors should make a minimum commitment to volunteering for at least one year and plan to set aside at least 4 hours a week (this includes teaching, lesson preparation and planning, travel to the tutoring site, and reporting). Tutors are required to report their hours to LCMC on a monthly basis in order to continue to receive teaching material.

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WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BECOMING A TUTOR?
After attending a general information session, a prospective tutor registers for a two day, 11- hour training workshop. There is a $25 registration fee to reserve a place in the workshop and to defray the cost of materials. A $60 registration fee is charged to those who do not intend to tutor an LCMC student.

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WHEN AND WHERE ARE WORKSHOPS HELD?
Literacy Council workshops are scheduled throughout the year. The 11- hour workshops are taught by experienced tutor trainers who are volunteers. Workshops are usually held on two Saturdays.

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HOW ARE TUTORS AND STUDENTS MATCHED?
During the workshop series, each newly-trained tutor is assigned a student from LCMC’s waiting list. Tutors are matched with students according to schedule, availability, location, and tutor preferences.

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ARE STUDENTS EVER TAUGHT IN SMALL GROUPS?
The Literacy Council program was originally designed for individual instruction, but also works very well with small groups. Because so many people are in need of our services, we are encouraging and training our tutors to take small groups, as well as individual students.

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WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE STUDENTS TAUGHT?
Lessons are held at any time and place mutually convenient for tutor and student – sometimes at the student’s place of employment, a library, or other public place of your choice. Our areas of greatest need include Silver Spring, Germantown, and Gaithersburg.

There tend to be fewer students who are able to meet in Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Kensington, and Takoma Park.

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WHO ARE THE STUDENTS IN THE TUTORING PROGRAM?
Twenty-one percent of our students already speak English, and participate in the Basic Literacy program. Seventy-nine percent participate in the ESL program (English as a Second Language). Our students represent 90 different countries: 37% are from Asia, 34% are from Central and South America, 7% are from Africa, 6% are American-born.

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WHAT DO THE STUDENTS LEARN?
We teach basic reading and writing skills. The planned lesson sequence starts with learning the sounds and the names of the alphabet letters and progresses to reading and writing at a fifth grade level. We also teach spoken English. Beginning emphasis is on learning common conversational patterns and survival vocabulary.

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WHAT ON-GOING SUPPORT IS PROVIDED TO TUTORS AFTER WORKSHOPS ARE COMPLETED?
Each tutor has a tutor contact and staff coordinator with whom to consult and report.

Tutors receive an e-newsletter that keeps them up-to-date on literacy happenings and tutoring suggestions, as well as email notices of useful resources and events. The Literacy Council maintains a lending library of all core curriculum and supplementary materials for tutors and students. Periodic in-service trainings (CTE’s – Continuing Tutor Education) are offered free of charge on a variety of subjects. LCMC also holds regular Tutor Drop-In sessions at locations around the county, which are informal gatherings to discuss issues and share ideas.

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HOW DOES LCMC FIND STUDENTS?
They find LCMC! Some call directly. Others are referred by county agencies, churches, friends, or other students. Over 200 students are on our waiting list.

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HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE INFORMATION SESSION AND WORKSHOPS?
Prospective tutors may register by phone (301-610-0030, weekdays between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm); email info@literacycouncilmcmd.org; or on our website.

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IS THERE ANY OTHER WAY TO SUPPORT LCMC BESIDES TUTORING?
Volunteers can help the LCMC with general office work, fundraising, serving on our Executive Board, or assisting with specific activities throughout the year. In-kind donations of goods and services and financial support are always welcome. Please call our office at 301-610-0030 for information about other volunteer opportunities.

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