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Our volunteers are the heart of our program. They are instrumental in helping our learners improve their lives and those of their families through education.

Volunteers help immigrants and refugees learn English as a Second Language in our ESL program.  They can also tutor GED/ABE learners in Math and Language Arts.

Volunteers may choose the academic area in which they want to tutor based on their personal preference and experience.

All tutors must have a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years of age. They must be able to provide their own transportation if tutoring in person, or their own equipment if tutoring virtually.

Could you be a tutor?

See Below for more information on various subject areas.

 

What is it like to be an ESL Tutor

  • Most of our ESL tutors work one-on-one with adult learners. Small (2-3 persons) groups are sometimes created.
  • You do not need to speak a foreign language
  • You will spend about 1 ½ – 2 hours per week with your learner. We find that the preparation time for each session is usually an additional 15-60 minutes.
  • To help ensure the success of our learners, we ask that you commit to tutoring for one academic year.
  • Tutoring sessions will be at a mutually-accepted time and place convenient for both the learner and the tutor. We consider location and availability of both learners and tutors in matching up learning teams.
    • You can meet in person at the  DLC, a public library, or another public location.
    • You can also meet through Zoom video call; the Center will supply access to a Zoom account.
  • Books and other materials are provided
  • Volunteer tutors must attend a free three-part tutor training offered by the DLC. To register for training select the link below, call 614-444-7330 x2 or email annette.Cohn@oppeace.org
I’m ready to register for tutor training!
What is it like to be an ESL Teacher or Assistant?
  • You do not need to speak a foreign language
  • Small group classes (4-15) meet at various diocese locations throughout Columbus. Most students at these locations are Spanish speakers.
  • You teach in person for about 2 hours a week at your assigned site plus preparation time of 30-60 minutes per week.
  • You would attend a special tutor training for ‘site teachers’.
  • Books and other materials are provided.

 

Fill out the online form or call Adriana Johnson 614-444-7330 x106 at to see if we need more ‘parish site teachers.

 

What is it like to teach GED Preparation or Adult Basic Education?

ABE (Adult Basic Education) is for learners who are working on the basics of reading, writing, and math to improve their lives. Sometimes, but not always, it is the ABE learner’s intention to eventually work towards their GED.

GED Preparation is for learners who are working toward their GED. They work with a tutor in the areas of Language Arts or Math.  After finishing those subjects, they may work toward passing Science and Social Studies with the same tutor, another tutor, work on their own, or join one of our group classes.

ABE/GED Tutor (One-to-one Learning Team)
  • You will spend about 1 ½ – 2 hours per week with your learner. We find that the preparation time for each session is usually an additional 30-60 minutes.
  • To help ensure the success of our learners, we ask that you commit to tutoring for one academic year.
  • The most commonly needed tutors are in Math and Language Arts, You will select the academic area in which you want to tutor.
  • Depending on Learner demand, we may need teachers and assistants for Social Studies and Science classes.
  • Tutoring sessions will be at a mutually-accepted time and place convenient for both the learner and the tutor. We consider location and availability of both learners and tutors in matching up learning teams.
    • You can meet in person at the  DLC, a public library, or another public location.
    • You can also meet through Zoom video call; the Center will supply access to a Zoom account.
  • Books and other materials are provided
  • Volunteer tutors must attend a free three-part tutor training offered by the DLC. To register for training, fill out the online form, call 614-444-7330 x2 or email annette.Cohn@oppeace.org. Click here to see our 2023-2024 Tutor Training Schedule.
  • Books and other materials are provided
I’m ready to register for Tutor Training
ABE/GED Class Leaders and Assistants
  • We are offering group evening classes at our office for some of our learners who need assistance in the subjects of Science and Social Studies on a trial basis. We find this is helpful for learners waiting for a tutor in Language Arts or Math.
  • Books and other materials are provided. If you have an affinity for Science or Social Studies, we would love to talk to you.
  • Volunteer tutors must attend a free three-part tutor training offered by the DLC. To register for training select the link below, call 614-444-7330 x2 or email annette.Cohn@oppeace.org.
I’M READY TO REGISTER FOR TUTOR TRAINING

 

Become a mentor for other tutors

This is a great opportunity for experienced tutors who would like to help new tutors succeed and help current tutors who request assistance. Please contact our Director, Denise Hilliard, or your program manager, Sister Mary Riley (GED/ABE or
Sister Robin Richard (ESL), if you are interested in helping other tutors in this way.

Unable to tutor right now? There are other ways you can help us achieve our mission to improve the lives of learners through education.

What's your next step?

To register for training, click the green button below, call 614-444-7330 x2 or email annette.Cohn@oppeace.org.

New Tutor Training

Are you looking for a way to make a difference?  Become a tutor!  We need ESL, GED Language Arts and Math tutors. Email us at Annette.Cohn@oppeace.org or call 614-444-7330 x2 to register.

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