Tutoring at a Glance

Tutoring at a Glance


We know your life is busy. You tell us which day of the week and time of day you are available to teach. We find a tutoring time that fits your weekly schedule.


Meet with your students in any public location-usually a library, church or coffee shop.


Students are adults who struggle with the English language. The two largest groups are Hispanic (84%) and Asian (12%). Non-English speakers have significant challenges adapting to everyday activities in our culture.

How Often:

Students and tutors meet once a week for 90 minutes. For continuity, we ask tutors and students to make a one-year commitment. Tutors and students adjust schedules for planned vacations and other commitments.


After training and receiving your tutoring assignment, you will use Laubach teaching materials to guide your lessons. A tutor coach advises you as you get started and can answer your questions.

Comparing Student and Tutor Characteristics

Getting to know at least one person from another country with a different language helps expand one’s awareness of the great variety of human experiences. Just as the one person you meet represents his or her country and its customs, you may be the only person from your culture with whom your students get well acquainted.

Ruth Johnson Colvin
I Speak English: A Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, 4th Ed.

Common Characteristics of Adult Learners

Most students:

  • need friendship and acceptance
  • fear embarrassment
  • experience stress in their new surroundings
  • are highly motivated
  • have difficulty pronouncing certain sounds
  • have problems understanding English speakers
Characteristics of Effective English Tutors

English tutors:

  • are attuned to their students’ needs and goals
  • plan and keep records
  • show respect and sensitivity for other cultures
  • have patience and a sense of humor
  • are flexible and creative
  • have realistic expectations
  • honor their commitment in tutoring