How can I continue working with my student?


Here are some suggestions:


  1. Video conferencing through programs like Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger. These are free and simple to use.

  2. Over the phone. Have your student practice reading over the phone. For English language learners, a 5-10 minute phone conversation would be an easy way to practice listening and speaking in English.

  3. Through email. Email is a great way to work on writing skills.

  4. Volunteer to run an online conversation class.


What other ways can you come up with? 

Email us, so we may share your great ideas with others.

Contact a literacy specialist

Tutor Gatherings 2020-2021

 January 25, 2021

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.



February 22, 2021

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.



March 29, 2021

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.



April 26, 2021

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.



May 24, 2021

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


ProLiteracy's latest Notebook has tips and ideas for tutoring online. Check out the Winter 2021 issue.

Characteristics of

Effective Tutors

  • Learner-Centeredness

  • Patience

  • Understanding and Respect

  • Creativity

  • Sensitivity

  • Realistic Expectations

  • Empathy

  • Sense of Humor

  • Adaptability

  • Enthusiasm

  • Organizational Skills

  • Commitment

Tutor Resources

Watch this video on how to create and use conversation cards with your student.

Volunteer Tutor Training Handbook

An excellent resource with practical and useful information, tips, and ideas.

A great resource for downloadable, printable material for one-to-one, small group, or conversation class sessions.  Activities for seeking employment and visiting the doctor--and more.

Notebook is a publication for adult literacy program managers and instructors who work with learners in the United States.

Notebook is published three times a year by ProLiteracy.


ProLiteracy Tutor Training Modules

  • Basic Literacy Tutor Training Online Workshop

  • ESL Tutor Training Online Workshop

If you would like to take take this training,
fill out the form below to download directions.

Literacy Volunteers of Washington County

7 Elm Street, P. O. Box 245

Westerly, RI 02891

(401) 596-9411