VITAL Tutor Training

Volunteer Orientation: hour and a half workshop providing information about volunteering at the Monroe County Public Library and VITAL, an overview of adult literacy issues, and the expectations of volunteers, learners, and staff involved. Orientation (offered monthly) is mandatory before volunteering in VITAL. 


Volunteer training: After attending Orientation tutors choose the type of utoring they wish to 

Basic Literacy Tutor Training is a three part series providing tutors with the skills and resources needed to help struggling adult readers.  Sessions cover the components of language, characteristics of readers, and teaching techniques. 

English as a Second Language Tutor Training is a two part series introducing language acquisition and the variety of ESL learner needs. Tutors learn techniques and activities to support a learner's reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. 

After initial training sessions:

Once matched with a learner, tutors meet one-on-one with the VITAL Coordinator to discuss goal setting, lesson planning, and the best suited resources. 
VITAL staff provide ongoing support and mentoring for tutors.

Additional Tutor Trainings covering specific subjects and techniques are offered periodically.  Trainings are posted on the VITAL calendar and tutors are notified of upcoming offerings.

  • Real Tutors, Real Learners:  Videos showing practical techniques for introductions, first meetings, basic reading and writing tutoring, and ESL instruction.

Program Guidelines for developing an adult literacy program:

Developing an adult literacy program "Libraries for Literacy" Power Point Presentation: from the Indiana Library Federation District 6 Conference, April 5, 2013

Basic bibliography for a start-up adult literacy program