Tacoma Literacy Council, Tacoma, Washington

Tutor Support and Resources

Tutor Support Adult students have cited respect, patience, understanding, and being supportive as necessary for a good tutor-student relationship. That relationship is the most important factor in determining success.

Tutor Support

You can get many of your questions and concerns addressed by talking to one of the tutor trainers or experienced tutors at our monthly meetings. You may also call one of the people listed in the monthly JOTS Newsletter.

We also provide inservice training once or twice a year, and you can attend those and any or all of the Tutor Training Workshops free of charge.

Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of January, March, September and November 19th at:

    Community of Christ Church
    6912 40th St. West
    University Place, WA 98466

    Board Meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. (all are welcome)
    General Meeting begins at 10:30 a.m.


General Suggestions

  • Prepare for each lesson with the student's interests in mind.
  • Begin and end on time.
  • Focus on the student's goals, review, and a variety of reading activities.
  • Include comprehension, reading fluency, writing and vocabulary in the lessons.
  • Review frequently, and include a variety of reading activities.
  • Have the student bring reading materials he or she is interested in.
  • Model good reading. Think aloud as you read with your student.
  • Build on what the student already knows.
  • Refer often to your Tutor Training Manual and series teacher guides.
  • The list of possible real-life materials for use is endless.
  • Learners should feel free to express their own ideas and opinions and make mistakes.
  • Help your student discover how he learns best.
  • Appreciate cultural differences. They occur within our own society, too.<
Click Here for Tutor Resources on the Web.


Learner/Tutor Agreement

Learner Intake Form

Lesson Plan

Quarterly Report (Print-Out/Mail-in) | Quarterly Report (Online Submission)

Our Tutors say:

"I was so surprised what good friends Jane and I became. I never expected that to be one of the benefits of tutoring."

"Rodney and his fiance asked my wife and me to be their best man and matron of honor at their wedding. Our friendship endures."

"I'm learning grammar and phonetics by teaching them. I'm becoming a better teacher!"

"I've learned so many facts by reading non fiction with my student."

"In sharing information about our culture, I have learned so much more about other cultures."


Resources for tutors and students - www.nwlincs.org - Curricula and lesson plans, links to adult education sites.

Literacy Assistance Center - lacnyc.org/resources - Lesson plans, curricula, etc.

ProLiteracy Education Network - http://www.proliteracyednet.org/ - Lots of useful information on literacy, resources for tutors, self-paced training modules.

Learning Resources - literacyworks.org/learningresources - Story modules of past San Francisco CNN news stories can be printed out or used online: full text, interactive activities. The learner can read, listen to audio and view short video clips.

Tutor Support - www.eastsideliteracy.org/tutorsupport/index.htm - Lessons, handouts, other resources for tutoring basic and ESL students.

Info on Dyslexia - www.literacy.dyslexicadvantage.com

Videos - literacyvolunteersdupage.org/RealTutorsRealLearners.html - Instructional videos for tutors, Real Tutors, Real Learners.

Read Write Think - www.readwritethink.org - Resources for K-12 education, but works for adults, too.

Guide to Grammar and Writing - grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar - The index includes 427 references. A good resource if you have a question about grammar, as well as vocabulary, quizzes and more.

The Literacy Tribune - www.theliteracytribune.org - A bi-monthly online newsletter for adult readers.


ESL Resources - www.eslflow.com - Exercises and lessons for teachers and students. Lesson links, dialogs, grammar, writing and more.

Dave's ESL Cafe - www.eslcafe.com - Virtual library of lesson plans.

Idioms - www.rong-chang.com/idioms.htm - A page of links to online idiom websites. Cliches - www.ClicheSite.com - Thousands of cliches.

Daily ESL - www.dailyesl.com - Conversation starters for ESL students with link to online listening practice at www.esl-lab.com. Materials on both sites are copyrighted and are for individual personal use only.


Life in the USA - www.lifeintheusa.com/index.html - A complete web guide to American life for immigrants and Americans.

Welcome to the USA - www.welcometoUSA.gov - US government's official web portal for immigrants.

Civics for ESL students - www.elcivicsonline.org

Citizenship - www.USCIS.gov


ProLiteracy - www.proliteracy.org

2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy - nces.ed.gov/naal - The most recent adult literacy statistics at the national, state or local levels.

National Institute for Literacy - http://www.nifl.gov - National resource for adult education and literacy programs.

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Box 7210, Tacoma, WA 98417-0210

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