Tutor Training Schedule

Spring 2017

If you are curious, you are encouraged to sign up for the first session, Introduction to Literacy. It will help you decide whether this volunteer opportunity is right for you. The training that follows includes four evening sessions in either Basic Literacy or English Language Literacy.

Click here for a printable version of the spring 2017 training schedule (pdf).

A contribution of $35 defrays the cost of the textbook and training materials; scholarships are available. All trainings take place at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor.

To register, please call 2074-947-8451 or email christinedirmeir@lvbangor.org.


Introduction to Literacy is a two-hour information session held prior to the start of the tutor training series. It serves as an orientation for any new or potential volunteer.  Some of the topics covered include:

  • Why Literacy: How Low Literacy Affects our Community
  • Literacy Defined
  • Overview of Literacy Volunteers of Bangor
  • Characteristics of Adult Students
  • Expectations for Volunteers
  • Next Steps

For more information about scheduling or attending an Introduction to Literacy session, contact us.


The written word bombards us daily. We’re expected to read information constantly. For about 25% of our population, reading proficiently is difficult and sometimes impossible. Teaching an adult to read does not require an education degree. It does require patience and the desire to help transform an adult’s life through literacy. The 14-hour training certification provides teaching strategies, adult learning models, and information on learning disabilities and lesson planning.

 Date  Session  Instructor  Location  Time
 3/13/17  Introduction to Literacy
 Meredith Eaton
120 Maine Hall
 6-8 PM
3/20/17  Session 1
 Mary Marin Lyon
120 Maine Hall  5:30-8:30 PM
 3/27/17  Session 2
 Jen Montgomery-Rice
120 Maine Hall  5:30-8:30 PM
 4/3/17  Session 3
 Susan Bennett-Armistead
120 Maine Hall  5:30-8:30 PM
 4/10/17  Session 4
 Diane Jackson
120 Maine Hall  5:30-8:30 PM
 Follow-Up  Tutor Training & Support
TBD @ EMCC  6-7:30 PM


Imagine living in a community where you do not understand the language and cannot read the written word. Now, imagine yourself as part of someone’s solution. Teaching a person to speak and read English doesn’t require that you know their language. It means you have to have the patience and desire to teach language, reading skills and cultural differences. This 14-hour training certification covers second language acquisition, working with cultural differences, and teaching methods.

 Date  Session  Instructor  Location  Time
 3/13/17  Introduction to Literacy
 Meredith Eaton
120 Maine Hall  6-8 PM
3/23/17  Session 1
 Nancy Connor
LV Conf. Room
 5:30-8:30 PM
 3/30/17  Session 2  Meredith Eaton LV Conf. Room  5:30-8:30 PM
 4/6/17  Session 3
 Marwa Elkelani
LV Conf. Room 5:30-8:30 PM
 4/13/17  Session 4
 Zhen Zhang
LV Conf. Room 5:30-8:30 PM
 Follow Up
 Tutor Training & Support
 6-7:30 PM