Tutor Training 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 sessions in either Basic Literacy or English Language Literacy. 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 be offered starting mid-March 2020. To receive the training schedule once the dates are set, join our mailing 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.


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.


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.