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tutor training

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer tutor for adult learners in your community?

We have the training for you.


We call it Tutor Essentials because it covers the foundational knowledge you need to get started as an effective volunteer tutor. This 12-hour pre-service training for new adult literacy volunteers is offered with a focus in Adult Basic Education (ABE) or English as a Second Language (ESL.) In this training, we'll teach you everything you need to know to feel prepared for your first meeting with your learner. No teaching or tutoring experience necessary!

Ready? Learn more and register for an ESL or ABE training below. 

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I have more questions!

We're here to help! 

Bria (she/her)


Call/text: ​(773) 234-6411

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What if an online course isn't for me?

We offer two options for you:


Printable + live review

This option allows you to complete the work from printed material, but also requires you to attend one 3-hour review session. Email for this. 

Something else! 

We will work with you to get you trained, so let's talk! Reach out to Bria to get started.

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How does it work?

This training includes both self-paced coursework and a live training (via Zoom).

Here's the breakdown:

  • video course - 9 hours

  • live review - 3 hours

After you complete both parts, we'll send you a certificate of completion and connect you with your tutor coordinator. 

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What is Tutor Essentials?

A 12-hour tutor training program that prepares new volunteers to become adult literacy tutors.

Ready to Register?

You are free to do both trainings, but please work through one at a time.

Not sure which one you need? Check with your coordinator or email

esl training
(English as a Second language)
ABE Training
(Adult Basic Education)
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