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.

Lesson of the Month for March

Conversation Cards

for One-to-One Tutoring



Dear LVWC tutors,


We hope you are staying sane and safe during these weird times.


We wanted to let you know that, while face-to-face gatherings are not happening at LVWC and off-site, we are arranging online opportunities to support our students and tutors. In that spirit, we are working on having a Tutor Gathering in April. The date is April 27th, as originally planned at 12 noon. We will probably be using the app, Zoom, on your device which, as you may know, allows us to see each other (in real time and real pajamas!) and exchange ideas. 


You will have to provide your own gorp though.


Please put this date on your calendars. We’ll give you more details as we get closer.

We look forward to “seeing” you.



Barbara, Theresa, Patti, Ling and Mary Carol

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.

Opening the Door to

Adult Literacy:

An interview with Marty Calanche

Tutor Resources

Characteristics of

Effective Tutors

  • Learner-Centeredness

  • Patience

  • Understanding and Respect

  • Creativity

  • Sensitivity

  • Realistic Expectations

  • Empathy

  • Sense of Humor

  • Adaptability

  • Enthusiasm

  • Organizational Skills

  • Commitment

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.

General information/overview regarding English language learners and general best practices when working with this population.

Literacy Volunteers of Washington County 

Tower Street School Community Center

93 Tower Street, Units 25 & 26, Westerly, RI  02891

(401) 596-9411