Literacy Source is committed to your success as a volunteer by providing training throughout your volunteer service. 

New volunteers who do not have prior training should participate in 10 hours of training in their first year. Returning or already trained volunteers should make a training plan with staff, and are invited to attend all trainings. If you are a current volunteer you are welcome to attend any of our trainings. 

Our trainings are free to all Literacy Source volunteers, however we do ask for a donation for book fees for some of our trainings. Please check your confirmation email for information when you sign up.


In-Person Trainings

Our trainings are open and free to all current Literacy Source volunteers, and pre-registration is required. Please see a list of upcoming trainings on our events page.

 


Online Trainings

The Danger of a Single Story (TED Talk) (18 minutes)

Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice - and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Literacy Source Google Drive Tutorial (10 minutes)

A short 10 minute video demonstrating how to access and navigate the Literacy Source Google Drive to access class lesson plans, and tutor, teaching, and training resources.

USCIS Naturalization Interview & Test Video (16 minutes) – Required for Citizenship volunteers

This video covers the requirements for naturalization, the interview process and components, and shows part of a naturalization interview.  DVDs of this can also be checked out from the Literacy Source library.

Understanding the Reading Process (1.5 hours, self-paced)

This course introduces adult literacy and ESOL instructors to the reading process. In this course, you will learn about the research behind the components of reading instruction (alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension). You’ll identify teaching strategies you can use that help students develop their skills in these four component areas. Finally, you will understand how to talk with students about the reading process and how good readers approach reading. This course requires you to create a login on the ProLiteracy website - once registered, use the search icon to find the training.

An Overview of the Writing Process (1 hour)

Participants will be provided with an overview of the components of the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, editing and publishing. Writing tools will be shared with participants that will assist and scaffold students as they engage in the writing process.

Basic Literacy Tutor Training

Twelve self-paced modules for teaching adult emergent readers. Topics include: Working with Adult Literacy Learners/Introduction to Literacy Instruction/The Lesson Plan/Assessment, Goals Setting, & Evaluation/Alphabetics and Word Study/Fluency/Vocabulary/Reading Comprehension Skills and Strategies/Writing Composition and Mechanics/The Language Experience Approach.

Each module includes an online course and an exam. You can take the modules in any order, but we recommend taking them in the order they are presented. After completing each online course, you will be able to take an exam. Literacy Source does not require you to have a certificate, so you do not have to take the module exams. If you complete all 13 modules, and would like to complete a one-question final exam you can print a certificate of completion for the entire workshop.

Note: This training requires you to create a member login. Please contact Literacy Source for our membership number.

ESL Tutor Training

Thirteen self-paced modules for tutoring ESOL adult learners. Topics include: Introduction to ESL/Working with Adult ESL Learners/Introduction to ESL Instruction/The Lesson Plan/Assessment, Goals Setting, & Evaluation/VocabularyConversations/Pronunciation/Grammar/Reading/Writing/The Language Experience Approach

Each module includes an online course and an exam. You can take the modules in any order, but we recommend taking them in the order they are presented. After completing each online course, you will be able to take an exam. If you pass the exam (80% or higher), you will be able to print a certificate. Literacy Source does not require you to have a certificate, so you do not have to take the module exams. If you complete all 13 modules, and would like to complete a one-question final exam you can print a certificate of completion for the entire workshop.

Note: This training requires you to create a member login. Please contact Literacy Source for our membership number.

Volunteer in the Adult ESL Classroom (3 hours, self-paced) - Recommended for ESOL class assistants and co-instructors

This training prepares new volunteers to work in an adult ESOL classroom and provides ongoing development for experienced classroom volunteers. Topics covered include volunteer roles, culture and cultural awareness, responding to errors, and effective floating in the ESOL classroom. Please note that you will have to create a personal login. Additionally, since this is an out-of-state training, you will not be eligible to receive a certificate or participate in the online course assignments.

Lesson Planning for Adult Students (approx. 2 hours) – Recommended for all instructors and tutors

This course will walk you through the lesson planning process and gives you a chance to practice. Like any new skill, the more you practice writing and teaching lessons the better you will become at creating them.

Topics include: Five Step Approach for Lesson Planning, Well Written Objectives, Selecting Vocab. and Activities, I Do It – We Do It – You Do It, and Review.

Free log-in required.

ELL-U: Teaching Emergent Readers (2.5 hours) – Recommended for ESOL 1-3 classroom teachers

This course provides introductory, research-based information about teaching adult English language learners (ELLs) who are just beginning to acquire print literacy largely due to lack of access to formal schooling. This course will clarify how and why this particular ELL population is unique, offer processes for identifying emergent readers, and explore a range of teaching/assessment strategies that build initial literacy in adult ELLs. Finally, course participants will have the opportunity to consider how the information presented in the course applies to classroom language learning practices in a range of settings. Free log-in required.

Multi-Level ESOL Training (5+ hours)
Series of seven -10 minute podcasts, plus pre-and post- activities.  Topics covered include objectives and leveling, multi-level lesson plans, group work and activities, adapting materials, and multi-level testing strategies. Free log-in required.

Adult Persistence (1 hour each)
3 self-study modules where volunteers read research, reflect on it, and are encouraged to relate it to their teaching practice.  Topics include helping adults persist, supports and barriers to persistence, goals and self-efficacy in persistence.