Volunteer Orientation - Sunnyvale
Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Columbia Middle School
785 Morse Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Do Something New This Spring – Become a Vision Literacy Volunteer!
Vision Literacy, an award-winning and nationally accredited adult literacy organization, will conduct its Spring Orientation for prospective volunteers on Wednesday, April 11, from 6:00 to 8:00PM in Room 12 at the Columbia Middle School campus in Sunnyvale. If you have ever thought about becoming a literacy volunteer, this is your chance to learn more about the broad range of volunteer opportunities we offer and how to get started. The evening session will provide information about Vision Literacy, share profiles of the adult learners it serves, discuss the types of volunteer opportunities available, and show how to access the Vision Literacy online pre-service training for volunteer tutors. The session will conclude with a 30-minute live observation of one of Vision Literacy’s ESL group classes.
For more information or to reserve an orientation packet, please contact Melanie Daniels at 408.676.7323 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Advance registration for the session is appreciated so that so that we may have enough materials for everyone.
Information About Sunnyvale ESL Class
In February Vision Literacy, in partnership with the City of Sunnyvale, expanded its successful group ESL tutoring model to Sunnyvale with a new class held at the Columbia Middle School campus. The class has been wildly popular, with new students joining each week. Learners are assessed and assigned to appropriate level groups, where they work on listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities prepared in advance by the core tutor team.
The tutor team working with small groups of learners in the school library each Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00PM is looking for more tutors to join this diverse, engaging class. You do not need previous ESL tutoring experience to apply – just the desire to work with a small group of enthusiastic adult learners on their English language skills. The class is coordinated by a lead tutor, and participating tutors are provided with lesson plans each week for their group’s level. You may choose to join us on a regular basis or be part of a pool of substitute tutors who join us on an occasional, as needed basis.
Tutors who worked in a similar group setting in Gilroy found the interactions among their fellow tutors and learners to be highly motivating, and they enjoyed working with a variety of learners. It is a wonderful opportunity for experienced tutors to mentor new volunteers, and a great place for new tutors to learn more about effective instruction in a supported environment.