Tutor Training Schedule

Spring 2019 Schedule

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 and a follow-up session set for a few months after the initial training is completed. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about becoming a tutor.

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

The next tutor training will start in September 2019. If you'd like to receive a notification when the dates are scheduled, join our email list.


Introduction to Literacy is an 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 an overview of Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, characteristics of adult learners, expectations for tutors, and next steps.

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

Spring 2019

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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 12-hour training certification provides teaching strategies, adult learning models, and information on learning disabilities and lesson planning.

 Date  Day  Session  Instructor  Location  Time
 T  Introduction to Literacy
Meredith Eaton
 Maine Hall 120
 6-8 PM
 W  Session 1
 Mary Marin Lyon
 Rangeley Hall 107
 5:30-8:30 PM
 W  Session 2
 Jen Montgomery-Rice
Rangeley Hall 107  5:30-8:30 PM
 W  Session 3
 Mary Ellin Logue
Rangeley Hall 107  5:30-8:30 PM
 W  Session 4
 Claire Levesque
Rangeley Hall 107  5:30-8:30 PM

 Snow Date(if needed)

Rangeley Hall 107  5:30-8:30 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 12-hour training certification covers second language acquisition, working with cultural differences, and teaching methods.

 Date  Day  Session  Instructor  Location  Time
 T  Introduction to Literacy
 Meredith Eaton
Maine Hall 120  6-8 PM
 T  Session 1
 Nancy Connor
Maine Hall 120  5:30-8:30 PM
 T  Session 2
Meredith Eaton
Maine Hall 120  5:30-8:30 PM
 4/2/19  T  Session 3
 Marwa Elkelani
Maine Hall 120  5:30-8:30 PM
 4/9/19  T  Session 4
 Zhen Zhang
Maine Hall 120  5:30-8:30 PM
 4/16/19  T  Snow Date (if needed)

Maine Hall 120  5:30-8:30 PM