Volunteer Tutor Resources
As a Volunteer Tutor for The Literacy Council, you can help improve the lives of our clients by providing one-on-one English language tutoring and educational support. Below are helpful resource links and answers to frequently asked questions.
Volunteer Tutor Training
The Literacy Council of Sheboygan County offers free training for our prospective tutors so that anyone with a high school degree, patience, and a desire to help another adult succeed is able to be a part of our program. We couldn’t do what we do without all of our passionate tutors—thank you for your interest!
By attending the tutor training, prospective tutors receive a resource binder. In this binder, you’ll find a wide variety of literacy topics: grammar, phonics, speaking, writing, pronunciation, and much more. This binder also contains a copy of the training presentation for tutors to refer back to and community resources that you’re able to take advantage of. The training takes place over three sessions.
Session 1: Who are we and who are our students?
Learn about literacy statistics, why the Literacy Council is so important in our community, who our students are and how the Literacy Council supports them. You’ll also learn about adult learners and different ways you can structure your lessons to serve them best. We’ll also introduce some teaching strategies and ideas about tutoring that you can use.
Session 2: Ways to teach and what to teach
In session 2, tutors-in-training will learn about curriculum, learn about the resources that are provided by the literacy council, and resources that you already have! We’ll discuss some different parts of speech and some techniques for teaching grammar and pronunciation. Then, we’ll watch some videos of tutors in action. We’ll also share some basics on remote tutoring using zoom or smart phones.
Session 3: The Literacy Council Community
We’ll continue our discussion on the different parts of speech and expand to talk about reading, spelling, and writing. We’ll share a sample lesson framework and talk about lesson planning. Then, we’ll share the process of how students and tutors are paired by the Literacy Council and how to check in with the Literacy Council. After that, you’ll learn about how to deal with some of the obstacles you might face, and community resources that are available.
Frequently Asked Questions for Tutors
Volunteer Tutor Resource Links
This website was developed to help students improve their math skills interactively. It contains flashcards, games, and worksheets for a variety of math topics.
131 Van Altena Avenue, Cedar Grove, WI 53013 920-668-6834
This is also known as Dave’s ESL Cafe. You can access many sections such as idioms and verb tenses. Also, your student can listen to and practice English pronunciation. This site has a fountain of ideas and help for tutors and students.
40 Pine Street, P.O. Box 387 Elkhart Lake, WI 53020 920-876-2554 firstname.lastname@example.org
Printable English worksheets for letter pronunciation and grammar
English Grammar Reference & Exercises—grammar information and instructional ideas
Advanced English Lessons
Massive site with lists of activities, games, tests, and downloadable and printable worksheets and pictures for lessons.
This site provides hundreds of pages of free English teaching and learning materials for both students and teachers. All resources are organized by skill and level for quick and easy access. The site can be accessed in 15 other languages.
Tutorials to learn basic computer skills, financial literacy, life skills
333 Upper Road, Kohler WI, 53044 920-459-2923
112 Butler Street P.O. Box 326 Random Lake, WI 53075 920-994-4825 email@example.com
Worksheets, crossword puzzles, and games for adult ELL learners
710 North 8th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081 920-459-3400
Dodge, Ozaukee, Sheboygan & Washington Counties
213 N 8th Street, Oostburg WI 53070 920-564-2934
After completing the free registration, tutors and students have access to an extensive collection of Workplace Pre-GED and GED resources. The GED Connection includes Internet activities, learning modules, and practice tests.
130 Division Street, Plymouth WI 53073 920-892-4416
Audio exercises to practice listening to English
330 Buffalo Street, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085 920-467-7908
This site gives you free access to a dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia. The user can hear how words are pronounced in English. The site can be translated into 12 other languages.
Tips for Spanish speakers who are learning English—addresses common issues
Interactive site that can be used by students alone or with the help of tutors. Instructional materials divided into basic, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Worksheets and resources for teachers as well as tests and interactive exercises for students in beginning through advanced levels. Has lots of printable grammar quizzes and worksheets and lots of PDF lesson plans divided by difficulty level. Easy to navigate.