Training Information

We give our volunteer tutors the resources they need to enrich the lives of their students. After you have completed your orientation we provide an extensive 12-hour training and on-going support with monthly workshops. View our training materials, meet our trainers, and view our workshop list. We look forward to seeing you at our next training session. Below are all the details you will need.


Literacy Training books

Training Materials

Our framework for the tutor training is Teaching Adults: An ESL Resource Book. Tutors receive this book before (or at) the training.  Chapters in this book correspond to the content for each day of the training. Tutors also receive The Oxford Picture Dictionary. This is useful for lesson planning and as a resource to teach vocabulary.

Literacy Office Library

Since tutors usually stay with us for several years, the 12-hour training is just the beginning. It’s important to provide tutors with the resources they need as their student grows in English skills. In addition to the tutor workshops listed below, tutors are encouraged to visit the Literacy Office Library where they can check out: resource books on grammar, phonics, and vocabulary; fiction and nonfiction books for students; resources for teaching Life Survival Skills; materials related to vocational training, US Citizenship or GED and more!


Join Us at a Literacy Training

We hold four trainings per year to give you the tools and techniques you need for tutoring success. There is a one-time fee of $50 to help us defray the cost of training materials ($25 for students/low-income). Pay the Tutor Training Materials Fee

Upcoming Trainings:
Santa Margarita Room at the Scotts Valley Water District:
W & Th  May 29 & 30    6-8:30 pm
T & Th June 4 & 6        6-8:30 pm
From left to right, Katie Musitelli, Dennis Cavaille, Claire Castagna
From left to right, Katie Musitelli, Dennis Cavaille, Claire Castagna

Meet Our Trainers

We are fortunate to have a group of incredibly skilled volunteers who have led the charge in designing, refining, and enhancing our training curriculum over the years.  Together they pave the way, instill confidence and provide the teaching tools for the success of hundreds of volunteer tutors.