STRATFORD, Conn. -- A local organization is looking for volunteers in Stratford to tutor literacy courses.
Literacy Volunteers is offering tutor training courses in English as a Second Language and basic literacy on Oct. 26 as well as Nov. 2, 9 and 16 . The courses will be held at the Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., from 6 to 8 p.m.
Volunteer tutors will learn techniques to assist basic literacy and ESL students with listening and reading comprehension, dialogue, oral fluency, phonics and writing skills. No previous teaching experience is required and all prospective tutors will be interviewed in advance.
“Non-English speakers in the U.S. can fall behind in education or employment in an already challenging job market,” said David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy, the parent organization of Literacy Volunteers. “Language barriers can also prevent them from understanding important financial, educational, health care, employment or legal rights issues. By raising awareness of our members’ ESL programs, adults in need will know where to find resources that can help them gain skills to address everyday matters.”
According to the the Milford and Stratford School District Strategic School Profile from 2012-13, there are more than 1,600 adults in the area who are not fluent in English and 53 non-English languages spoken.
For further information visit this link , call (203) 878-4800 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or stop by the Stratford Library on Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m.