Community-Based Tutoring

Community-Based English
Literacy Tutoring
   TEACH works toward systemic change
in society by empowering English language 
learners to make their voices heard through
a unique integration of practical one-on-one 
English literacy education, and individualized 
cultural mentoring and coaching, as well 
as citizenship test preparation.
   The literacy goal of TEACH is to increase 
English proficiency, but the ultimate 
objective is to teach students the practical 
English skills needed to become self-reliant, 
active members of their community. 
   To make the lasting impact the mission 
envisions, TEACH’s approach goes beyond
traditional curriculum-based ESL programs:
  • Philosophy of cultural mentoring 
    as English literacy tutoring: 
       TEACH's unique integration of practical 
    one-on-one English literacy education, 
    individualized cultural mentoring, 
    and coaching guides students through 
    the challenges while overcoming 
    real-life situations for which limited 
    English proficiency is an almost 
    insurmountable barrier.  
       This approach bridges cultures and 
    supports the learner’s transition into 
    the larger community.
  • Building long-term relationships and 
    student/tutor retention: 
       Distinct from other tutoring organizations 
    that have time limits and are focused 
    primarily on academic progress, TEACH 
    encourages tutors and students to 
    build long-term relationships, 
    recognizing that strong bonds are crucial
    for nurturing integration into a culture 
    and community.
  • Responsive to the challenges of 
    immigrants living in the suburbs: 
       In the suburbs, immigrants may be 
    isolated due to the lack of tight-knit
    communities close by. 
       Without English, they cannot 
    communicate with neighbors, teachers,
    doctors, or civil servants. 
       Community-based sites facilitate 
    engagement of isolated immigrants, and 
    the emphasis on long-term relationship
    building creates support networks. 
       Tutoring is held in friendly
    environments such as libraries, churches
    and recreation centers.
  • Coordinated tutoring model: 
       To provide on-site support and resources 
    to tutors and students, volunteer 
    coordinators are on-site for the 
    entire session. 
       Program staff rotates between sites
    throughout the year.