“You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”
If you can speak, read and write well in English and want to make a difference in someone’s life, you can be an effective tutor. You don’t need to have an education degree or experience– just a desire to witness Christ’s love by helping others–and a little training.
With the recent flood of refugees from Afghanistan, tutors are needed more now than ever. Tutor adult refugees and other immigrants as they learn English, study for the Citizenship test, practice computer basics or improve their reading and writing skills. Join this important work by volunteering with our own IMMPACT Ministries, St. Mark’s outreach ministry into this population. Tutoring can range from being an informal conversation partner to assisting in the classroom with a teacher.
To become a tutor, you will want to attend a one-hour orientation and up to one hour of training, depending on your role. We ask you to volunteer to teach at least once a week on average. Right now our classes are Monday at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church.
Conversation Partner/ Tutor one-to-one
A tutor meets with a student to practice conversational skills and assist the students in their learning goals, especially oral proficiency. This is personalized to each student’s needs. It is best when it is informal, personalized, and fun.
Your ELL coordinator can provide a general outline of topics, questions, games, and videos as well as workbooks.
After an initial meeting, these can take place at any time and public place convenient to you and your student.
Teach or co-teach