There is a waiting list of Rockford-area adults in need of someone to teach them reading comprehension, phonics, and writing.
Rockford's Literacy Council is recruiting volunteer tutors to help those adults who have goals of obtaining and keeping a job, communicating with their physicians, helping their kids and grandchildren with homework, and gaining a sense of independence.
"To do that task might sound a little daunting, if you're not a teacher or have any experience with it, but that's what the workshop is for," Literacy Coordinator Katrina Wiginton said. "We're going to give you all the tools that you need to feel comfortable in that role."
Tutors must be over 18 and have a high school diploma, good communication skills, flexibility, patience, and the ability to meet with a student for two hours a week for at least one year.
Anyone wishing to become a volunteer can sign up for the free new tutor workshop that will begin on May 7. Sessions will be held at the Literacy Council (982 North Main Street) during Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Volunteers will learn techniques for teaching reading and English as a Second Language to adults.
For more information, visit www.theliteracycouncil.org.
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