Literacy Volunteers Program Announces New Training Session

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CRANFORD — Literacy Volunteers of Union County, dedicated to providing free, student-centered tutoring services to adults who struggle to read, write and speak English, is now registering for it February/March 2013 New Tutor Training class.

The 15-hour volunteer training will be held on Mondays, February 25, March 4, March 11 and March 18, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue. Pre-registration is required. Attendance is required at all sessions to become a certified tutor of both Basic Reading Skills and English as a Second Language.

Literacy Volunteer tutors will be matched with a student or students from the growing waiting list of adults who have turned to Literacy Volunteers for help reading, writing and speaking English. Volunteer tutors meet with their student(s) in a public location, usually a Union County Public Library, for one to two hours each week. New volunteers are asked to make a commitment of 50 hours, which usually takes about one year to complete.

LVUC provides ongoing supervision and support to tutors in the form of free in-services on specific topics such as Health Literacy, Learning Disabilities, Financial Literacy and Developing ESL Conversation and Small Group Instruction. Literacy Volunteers of Union County’s Tutor Liaison Committee provides additional support through a mentoring program, which brings more experienced tutors and new volunteers together to share ideas.

To volunteer, you must be at least 18-years-old, able to speak and read English and willing to tutor in Union County. You do not need to have any teaching experience and you do not need to speak a foreign language. During the tutor training, new volunteers will learn techniques and develop skills to tutor adult learners.

There is a $40 non-refundable registration fee to cover the cost of materials distributed to new volunteers at the workshop. Need based scholarships are available to cover the cost of registration for qualifying individuals and are based on availability.
For more information, call Literacy Volunteers of Union County at 1-908-486-1777 or visit www.lvaunion.org.


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