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City of Pleasanton Seeks Literacy Tutors for Library Program

Give the Gift of English through Project Read

The City of Pleasanton is seeking volunteers for its “Share the Gift of English” new volunteer tutor training, to be held at the Pleasanton Library on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Project Read, a literacy program funded with a grant from the State of California, provides all the necessary workbooks, study guides and training so that anyone can be a tutor and give the gift of English. Staff will help tutors develop teaching skills, craft curriculum and gain exposure to teaching small or large groups of English language learners.

Students come to the Pleasanton Library from all over the world. Most English language learners possess basic English skills and many have studied English is their home country. Most of the students, all of whom are adults, are highly motivated to learn English.What many lack, however, is conversational practice in a safe environment.

California has approximately 3.4 million adults with below basic literacy skills. Library volunteers throughout the state help adults with reading and writing so they can reach their potential as workers, parents and community members. These adults are becoming citizens, voting for the first time, reading newspapers, reading aloud to their children, participating in their community and securing jobs.

What it means to be a tutor:

  • Should be at least 18 years old, and fluent in American English

  • Should be able to devote a consistent hour or two weekly to your student for a semester

What are the rewards?

  • Help someone with English who is eager and grateful for your assistance

  • Establish a relationship with someone from the community you might never have met before and learn about a new culture

  • Learn to look at the richness of your own country, language and culture in a different way, through different eyes and ears

Please call 931.3405 or email pjohnson@cityofpleasantonca.gov to register for the Project Read training.

The Pleasanton Public Library is located at 400 Old Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton.

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