Guidelines for referring adult learners to VITAL
One on One Tutoring
Potential learners should contact the VITAL office for an interview to discuss their goals and educational background. Learners are encouraged to schedule an interview appointment in advance. Non-English speaking adults may have an interpreter present.
After enrolling in the VITAL program each learner is matched with a tutor based on the Criteria for Matching. The learner and tutor work together to build the skills and confidence needed for the acheivement of the learner's goals. The learner and tutor meet for at least one and a half hours per week.
English Conversation Groups
Learners with intermediate or higher English conversation skills may participate. Skill level is determined by the learner’s educational background and ability to converse during the initial interview.
English Conversation groups are offered in 5 eight-week sessions each year. The schedule for each session varies according to volunteer availability. Drop-in enrollment for English Conversation Groups is available any time during regular MCPL hours; enrolled students will receive a registration confirmation, via email, the week before a new session begins. Out of respect for our volunteer group leaders, students are asked to be on time and have consistent attendance at conversation groups.
Successful students are motivated to learn and have decided for themselves to participate in the VITAL program. Effective tutoring cannot be mandated by a third party.
For more information about VITAL call (812) 349-3173, email vital [at] mcpl [dot] info or visit the VITAL office on the second floor of the Main Library.
Tutoring Report [PDF] (Required twice a year) For documenting your volunteer hours and your learner's activities and outcomes.
Inventory and Bader Assessment Report [PDF] To record your learner's inventory, needs, and Bader Assessment results. (Not required. Fill out and submit to VITAL as needed.)