Prepare your Volunteers to Make a Difference

Volunteers can make a tremendous difference in the learning experiences of adult GED and ESL students. The Minnesota Literacy Council provides a variety of pre- and in-service workshops and other resources for new and experienced volunteer tutors, designed to help maximize their impact in the classroom, small group, and one-to-one settings.

Pre-Service Trainings

Minnesota Literacy Council offers two 12-hour Pre-service workshops for volunteers. The English as a Second Language Tutor Workshop prepares tutors to work with English Language Learners and provides an overview of techniques, strategies, and activities for tutors working in a variety of classroom settings. The Reading, Writing, Math and GED training prepares volunteers to work with native English speakers, or higher-level ESL students on literacy-related skills. These trainings cost $35 per participant (fee waivers are available upon request), and are designed to meet the NRE volunteer training policy requirements for ABE volunteers who generate contact hours.

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In-Service Trainings

The Minnesota Literacy Council also offers free 2-3 hour in-services for volunteers and teachers on a wide variety of instructional topics such as pronunciation, alphabetics and conversation. These in-services explore common challenges in the ABE classroom, and offer strategies and activity ideas for successful instruction.

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(In-services are also listed on the MN ABE PD calendar)

By-Request Trainings

By-request, on-site trainings for ABE volunteers and staff are also available. Programs in Greater Minnesota can request 6- or 9-hour pre-service trainings or 2- to 3-hour in-service sessions. Programs in the Metro areas can request a trainer come and present an on-site in-service for their volunteers. Contact Andrea Echelberger at [email protected] for more information.

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Andrea Echelberger, ESL Training Coordinator Minnesota Literacy Council