Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

August 19, 2016

Adult Literacy Tutor (ESL/ABE/GED)

Position title: Adult Literacy Tutor (ESL/ABE/GED)


Name of organization: Seattle Central College Basic and Transitional Studies Tutoring Program




Position description:

Tutors provide one-on-one assistance to a student who is learning English or preparing for the GED or COMPASS test. Tutors help students understand basic reading, writing, grammatical, or math concepts and provide opportunities to practice the skills they are learning in class. Tutors work with students to develop activities that are relevant to the students’ needs and goals. Tutors generally meet with a student twice a week. English as a Second Language Tutor Our ESL students range from pre-literate in their own language and/or English to near-native speakers hoping to hone their academic and linguistic skills before continuing with their education or vocational training. All of the students who apply for tutors are eager to learn and grateful for the extra assistance outside of class that volunteers provide them. Tutors help students with pronunciation, conversation, grammar, spelling, reading comprehension, and writing development. The tutoring sessions are generally driven by the student’s homework or desire to improve a specific English skill. Adult Basic Education Tutor Adult Basic Education students are adults who are already proficient in the English language, but wish to improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills. Reading and writing are integrated to give students the foundation for effective communication. Reading instruction emphasizes comprehension, vocabulary development, critical thinking, and study skills. Writing skills include the review and application of language and grammar rules, correct usage and spelling, writing sentences and paragraphs. Math instruction includes skills development in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers; fractions; decimals; percentages; and introduction to algebra and geometry. Students often need help preparing for the GED or with homework comprehension.


Time commitment: 2 Hours per week


Skill requirements:

  • There are no specific skills required for volunteers.
  • ESL tutors do not need to be native speakers.
  • GED and ABE tutors should have an understanding of how to do basic math up to Algebra and Geometry.


Start date: October 3, 2016


End date: December 9, 2016


Location: Seattle Central College


How to apply:

An application can be found on our website:


Please fill out this application and send it to


Supervisor contact info:

Peter Frankland