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Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by readingprogram

Have you ever thought of helping someone improve their English?

The library's English as a Second Language programs and conversation clubs are flourishing. Every week we hold discussion groups that provide forums for practicing speaking English, we also offer individual tutoring sessions for reading and writing--also at the library--at times convenient to the tutor and the student.

The Reading Program is looking for more volunteers to tutor people who want to improve their reading and writings skills. A number of people have signed up, and we’re so grateful. But now we need even more tutors in Campbell, Cupertino, Milpitas and Saratoga because even more people are asking to improve their English. Reading Program staff provide training and support, and you do not need to know a second language to help others build their skills. Volunteer tutors are given a variety of tools and support to help with the learning process.

Are you interested?

If this post awakens your curiosity, then please consider attending the upcoming orientation scheduled at the Milpitas Library on Tuesday, February 11 from 2:00-3:00 or 6:00-7:00 in the Auditorium. You can register by emailing The Reading Program or calling 408-262-1349. For future dates, here is the full schedule of orientations and trainings for 2014.

Here are some goals that Reading Program students are currently mastering with their tutors:

  • writing a 300-word essay about the perfect day
  • reading "Trail to Danger," "The Wright Brothers," and "George Washington Carver"
  • practicing ordering from a menu at a coffee shop
  • signing up for online classes and feeling more competent about writing emails and sending texts
  • preparing for the citizenship test
  • completeing 6 hours of online tutorials and learning more about free community resources to address an identity theft situation
  • studying to pass the TOEFL exam
  • learning 100 common American idioms
  • reading more advanced articles in the local newspaper and talking with others about them
  • preparing for a job-related exam and improving her study habits to be a more efficient learner
  • working on many home improvemenet projects and making shopping lists
  • practicing common telephone conversations using easy-to-read dialogue scripts

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