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One-to-one Tutors

To be an English tutor, you don’t need previous teaching experience. You don’t even need to know another language.

As a volunteer one-to-one tutor with English At Large, you will be:

  • Trained in a 12-hour workshop series to learn the essentials of a successful tutoring relationship.
  • Matched with an adult learner in your area.
  • Encouraged to work with your learner for 1½ – 2 hours per week, always in a public space—usually a library. (You and your learner will agree on the time and place.)
  • Expected to make a minimum commitment of 50 contact hours with your learner.
Beginner English Class Co-teacher

Are you passionate about helping new immigrants learn basic survival English skills? Do you have CELTA or TEFL ESL teaching certification or experience with teaching beginner English learners?  If you can commit 4-5 hours per week for 8 weeks to co-teach a group of 10-12 learners, then this volunteer role is for you. EAL provides training, curriculum, and classroom activities.

Conversation Group Leaders

Conversation Groups help English learners to build fluency skills and speaking confidence. Each Conversation Group of up to 12 adult English learners from intermediate to advanced levels is led by two co-facilitators. This is a weekly, 1½-hour commitment for a minimum of three months.

As a group leader, you will receive a three-hour training to learn how to:

  • Create a constructive and engaging learner-centered environment
  • Encourage active conversation among participants
  • Work with multi-level English learners
  • Select the most beneficial conversation topics
English At Large Book Club Discussion Leader

The English At Large Book Club provides opportunities for intermediate to advanced English learners to practice reading, speaking, and writing skills.  Groups of 10-12 learners meet with their discussion leader and group each week for 1½ hours, for a 6-week session. Learners do the assigned reading before the meeting, and might also be assigned a different discussion role to prepare for the next meeting. Learner preparation includes 1-2 hours of reading and approximately 30 minutes of discussion role preparation each week.

The Book Club Discussion Leader’s main role is to facilitate book or short story discussion for groups of 10-12 intermediate to advanced English learners.  Group leaders plan activities that promote interactive speaking practice and engage learners.  Learners will be encouraged to develop the discussion topics and to participate in small and large group speaking activities. This role requires a 3-hour weekly commitment for 6 weeks, including 1½ hours of weekly meeting time. Discussion leaders read the short story or book prior to the start of session, and plan group discussion activities in advance.

Intake Assessor

Interview prospective learners to determine their eligibility for the English At Large tutoring program and test their English level. This role has a flexible schedule where volunteers can conduct as few as two interviews per month, or as many as you like.

As an interviewer, you will receive a one-hour training session to learn how to:

  • Determine a learner’s goals for learning English
  • Gather basic demographic information
  • Administer a brief reading/writing and listening/speaking test
  • Evaluate all of the information you collect to fully understand the needs of our learners.
Test Administrator

This important volunteer function helps English At Large track the language progress of our learners.

As a test administrator, you will complete formal state certification training and administer standardized speaking or writing tests to our learners. Test Administrators can administer as many or as few tests as they like per month, though much of the testing must be completed in May and June.

Mock Interviewer

By serving as a mock interviewer, you will help a learner practice their interviewing skills and build confidence. You will also have the opportunity to share feedback with your candidate and help them diagnose areas for improvement before a real-world interview. This volunteer role typically requires a 5-hour commitment over two weeks.

Changing Volunteer Opportunities

If you don’t have time for a weekly volunteer commitment, consider one of our other volunteer roles:

Event Volunteer

Event volunteers lend a hand at our volunteer, learner, community, and fundraising events. Typical activities include staffing a raffle table, food table or information booth, greeting guests, registering attendees, or being part of the set-up/clean-up team

Fundraising & Grant-Writing Volunteer

Help us grow to serve more newcomers by conveying why English At Large is important in your community through fundraisers and grants.

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Happening now: our annual Volunteer Appreciation Open House!

Happening now: our annual Volunteer Appreciation Open House!
Happening now: our annual Volunteer Appreciation Open House!
Happening now: our annual Volunteer Appreciation Open House!

Big thanks to our @cummingsdotcom neighbor Affinity L&B for your generous donation of a much-needed file cabinet for our office!

Big thanks to our @cummingsdotcom neighbor Affinity L&B for your generous donation of a much-needed file cabinet for our office!

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NEW CHART: Christmas Vocabulary in English
(This is the non-religious version of Christmas)

More vocabulary and details about Christmas Traditions here: 
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Try our interactive game:
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Can you get 20 out of 20 correct?

Your donation of $25 per month supports a full year of Conversation Groups. Your gift builds vocabulary, increases cultural understanding and speaking confidence for an English language learner in your community! https://t.co/AlHaD6RIFD

Your donation of $25 per month supports a full year of Conversation Groups.  Your gift builds vocabulary, increases cultural understanding and speaking confidence for an English language learner in your community! https://t.co/AlHaD6RIFD
Your donation of $25 per month supports a full year of Conversation Groups.  Your gift builds vocabulary, increases cultural understanding and speaking confidence for an English language learner in your community! https://t.co/AlHaD6RIFD
Your donation of $25 per month supports a full year of Conversation Groups.  Your gift builds vocabulary, increases cultural understanding and speaking confidence for an English language learner in your community! https://t.co/AlHaD6RIFD

“It has been life-changing to be able to communicate with other people in English after living in the U.S. for more than 10 years without speaking English."
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Tutor volunteers like Jane not only teach English; they share cultural knowledge and support the achievement of each learner's life goals. Our volunteers donate more than 6,000 hours of service each year, to more than double the impact of your gift! https://t.co/NzCus5seZk

Tutor volunteers like Jane not only teach English; they share cultural knowledge and support the achievement of each learner's life goals.  Our volunteers donate more than 6,000 hours of service each year, to more than double the impact of your gift! https://t.co/NzCus5seZk

Kathy and Babak came to the U.S. from Iran in 2010. "When we came here we didn’t have anything and it was hard” explains Kathy. “We didn’t know English, and it was horrible.” Support their learning today. https://t.co/EXlPleozIn

Kathy and Babak came to the U.S. from Iran in 2010. "When we came here we didn’t have anything and it was hard” explains Kathy. “We didn’t know English, and it was horrible.” Support their learning today.  https://t.co/EXlPleozIn

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We are so thankful to have today to spend with our friends and families! Our offices will reopen Monday, November 27th at 9am.

We are so thankful to have today to spend with our friends and families!  Our offices will reopen Monday, November 27th at 9am.

Happy Thanksgiving to our wonderful English At Large family!

Happy Thanksgiving to our wonderful English At Large family!

We are also thankful for the hundreds of local immigrants who turn to EAL each year to learn English and gain the skills and knowledge they need to begin a new life in the U.S.

We are also thankful for the hundreds of local immigrants who turn to EAL each year to learn English and gain the skills and knowledge they need to begin a new life in the U.S.

We are so thankful for our wonderful volunteers, who give life to our mission!

We are so thankful for our wonderful volunteers, who give life to our mission!

Many EAL programs are delivered at your local library. We are thankful to have them as partners in our work!

Many EAL programs are delivered at your local library.  We are thankful to have them as partners in our work!

EAL has a real culture of gratitude, inspired by our amazing volunteers and our loyal supporters. We are thankful to partner with such talented, committed and caring people who share time, talents and resources to make a positive difference for others.

Why do you feel thankful?

EAL has a real culture of gratitude, inspired by our amazing volunteers and our loyal supporters.  We are thankful to partner with such talented, committed and caring people who share time, talents and resources to make a positive difference for others.

Why do you feel thankful?

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