Thanks to our ESOL volunteer tutor Anne!

ESOL volunteer tutor AnneThanks to our ESOL volunteer tutor Anne Dachowski for giving her testimonial to Mountain Xpress and helping us accomplish our mission to transform lives and communities through the power of literacy! Anne has been a tutor for 17 years. We appreciate you! Thanks, Mountain Xpress, for your continuous support!
 
“When my schedule opened up 17 years ago, calling up Literacy Together was one of the first things I did. My initial motivation was to give back. My grandfather and great-grandparents came to Philadelphia from Poland knowing no English, and people helped them. I wanted to return the favor.”

Read the testimonial on Mountain Xpress here

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program teaches oral English, reading, and writing to adults who have immigrated to the U.S. from around the world. ESOL is the largest program at Literacy Together, serving approximately 250 students annually. Our students’ most common goals in learning English are to improve their employment prospects, help their children in school, and pass the U.S. Naturalization exam

Each student works with a trained ESOL volunteer tutor, either individually or in a small group of ten people. Tutoring takes place for two hours each week at times and locations that are mutually convenient for students and tutors. Tutors may choose to teach one (1) two-hour session or two (2) one-hour sessions each week and may do so online or in person. Read Barbara’s experience tutoring Maryna remotely or Cecelia’s work from Germany as an ESOL tutor of six students! Read more about volunteering with this program.

The ESOL Program welcomes volunteers from all over the world! We now have tutors in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Texas, the UK, and Germany. Sign up here to volunteer with us!

Enjoy these ESOL success stories!

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Pay it forward

Paying forward
Pay forward
 
Many of our volunteer tutors come to us with a desire to ‘pay forward’ the help and support that they received when living in countries where they didn’t speak the language. Some are themselves immigrants to the US or are the children of immigrants. Click below to hear from Nora, who has volunteered in our ESOL and Youth Literacy programs and is also a member of our Board of Directors, and Svetlana, whose parents immigrated here from Ukraine and learned English with the help of volunteers tutors. 
 
 

 

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program teaches oral English, reading, and writing to adults who have immigrated to the U.S. from around the world. ESOL is the largest program at Literacy Together, serving approximately 250 students annually. Our students’ most common goals in learning English are to improve their employment prospects, help their children in school, and pass the U.S. Naturalization exam

Each student works with a trained volunteer tutor, either individually or in a small group of ten people. Tutoring takes place for two hours each week at times and locations that are mutually convenient for students and tutors. Tutors may choose to teach one (1) two-hour session or two (2) one-hour sessions each week and may do so online or in person. Read Barbara’s experience tutoring Maryna remotely, or Cecelia’s work from Germany as an ESOL tutor of six students! Read more about volunteering with this program.

The ESOL Program welcomes volunteers from all over the world! We now have tutors in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Texas, the UK, and Germany. Sign up here to volunteer with us!

Enjoy these ESOL success stories!

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This is what our ESOL tutors say about volunteering with us!

Many potential volunteers find out about us from Volunteer Match, and the more awesome reviews we have on the site, the better! If you are a tutor and could take a few minutes to submit a review here, you’d be helping us recruit more volunteer tutors, and we’ll be very grateful. Thanks in advance! Below is what some of our ESOL tutors said about us! Read more reviews here.

 

 

ESOL tutorsThe English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program teaches oral English, reading, and writing to adults who have immigrated to the U.S. from around the world. ESOL is the largest program at Literacy Together, serving approximately 250 students annually. Our students’ most common goals in learning English are to improve their employment prospects, help their children in school, and pass the U.S. Naturalization exam.

Each student works with a trained volunteer tutor, either individually or in a small group of ten people. Tutoring takes place for two hours each week at times and locations that are mutually convenient for students and tutors. Tutors may choose to teach one (1) two-hour session or two (2) one-hour sessions each week and may do so online or in-person (read Barbara’s experience tutoring Maryna remotely, or Cecelia’s work from Germany as an ESOL tutor of six students!).

The ESOL Program welcomes volunteers from all over the world! We now have tutors in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Texas, the UK, and Germany. Sign up here to volunteer with us!

Enjoy these ESOL success stories!

 

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Update on our Afghan students

Afghan students

 
 
 
We’re currently providing one-on-one tutoring (or one-on-two in the case of a few groups of relatives or friends learning together) to 27 Afghan students, with another handful of matchups in the works. We offer a weekly Zoom meeting on Fridays for all the tutors who are working with Afghans, where we share ideas and resources and brainstorm solutions to challenges. There is still a great need for volunteers who want to support the newcomers in various ways, from teaching English to transportation to job- and house-hunting.
 
Contact Erin at Literacy Together  to get involved in English teaching to our Afghan students, and Lutheran Services, or Catholic Charities for anything else! Please read the latest article from the Mountain Xpress about our new Afghan neighbors here.
 

Sign up online to come a volunteer orientation meeting!

 

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program teaches oral English, reading, and writing to adults who have immigrated to the U.S. from around the world. ESOL is the largest program at Literacy Together, serving approximately 250 students annually. Our students’ most common goals in learning English are to improve their employment prospects, help their children in school, and pass the U.S. Naturalization exam.

Each student works with a trained volunteer tutor, either individually or in a small group of ten people. Tutoring takes place for two hours each week at times and locations that are mutually convenient for students and tutors. Tutors may choose to teach one (1) two-hour session or two (2) one-hour sessions each week and may do so online or in-person (read Barbara’s experience tutoring Maryna remotely, or Cecelia’s work from Germany as an ESOL tutor of six students!).

The ESOL Program welcomes volunteers from all over the world! We now have tutors in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Texas, the UK, and Germany. Sign up here to volunteer with us!

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Let’s celebrate the love of learning English!

 
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’d like to share two success stories of couples that work together to learn English and to teach English.
 
The first one is about Samuel and Mari. They are husband and wife, and they came from El Salvador without knowing any English. Samuel reached out to Literacy Together first, and then Mari joined him. They’re both now taking ESOL classes, and they do homework together! 


John and Maggie are ESOL tutors. John joined Literacy Together a few years ago, and he’s been working with the same students (also a couple!) since then. Inspired by her husband’s dedication and the excitement about his volunteer work, Maggie started tutoring this past fall. 

Watch these videos to learn more about their stories and what they have to say about learning and volunteering with us.

 
 
 
 
 

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