The Wellesley Free Library sponsors Wellesley ESL, a program for people who live and work in Wellesley whose first language is not English.
Program activities include English classes, conversation practice groups, and ESL tutor training.
Plans for the future include citizenship classes and conversation group leader training.
Support for Wellesley ESL is provided by The Wellesley Free Library Foundation, The Fund for Wellesley, Wellesley Friendly Aid, World of Wellesley and federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, adminisered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
We are very interested in hearing from both potential students and potential volunteers.
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Volunteer Position Description: ESL (English as a Second Language) Tutor
To help an adult whose first language is not English learn to speak, understand, read, and write English.
To help broaden a student’s horizons through a one-to-one tutoring relationship or through small group instruction.
Prepare lesson plans based on the needs and interests of the student.
Select materials and approaches that are suitable for the student’s ability and needs.
Respect the student by involving him/her in decisions about the learning process.
Encourage the student by praising him/her and by showing a positive attitude about learning.
Guide the student in his/her understanding of American culture.
Complete periodic progress reports.
Keep in contact with the ESL Program Coordinator about changes or problems.
ESL tutor training workshop: Held twice a year at Wellesley Free Library. Potential tutors will meet for 2 1/2 hours once a week for a five week period.
Check with the coordinator or the website for additional training details.
Roundtable meetings and refresher trainings for tutors to share questions and concerns
ESL collection on the second floor of the Library
Audiovisual materials on the first floor of the Library
Meet at least weekly for 60-90 minutes for a minimum of one year. (Of course, you are allowed to have vacations!)
For More Information Contact Philippa Biggers, Wellesley ESL Program Coordinator at 781-591-1247 or e-mail.