Tutor Overview

Volunteer Tutoring at York Literacy Institute can be very rewarding as you help an adult student become self-sufficient and help fulfill the mission of our institute.

As a newly trained tutor, you will be matched with a student to meet weekly for 60-90 minute sessions at a public location. Tutors assist with Adult Reading and English as a Second Language students to improve their basic literacy skills by preparing lessons, giving homework, and encouraging student through the learning process.

Tutor Requirements

High school diploma or equivalent; sensitivity, patience, and reliability; and completion of a preliminary interview and certification course.

Tutors select an Adult Reading Student or an English as a Second Language Student. Tutors select their tutoring times, location, and reading level of each student.

Tutors may also tutor short term students with short term goals such as finishing a portion of their High School Equivalency test or preparing for a nursing course. Tutoring may take place in person or through remote learning.

Helpful Web Resources for YLI Tutors

GED Webinar

This webinar series will take a deeper dive into classroom strategies and techniques for the GED test.

Sessions are designed for educators who have already completed foundational-level training, either by attending in-person training or by using self-guided professional development resources.

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Lesson Planz

A full directory of lesson plans for various grades and subjects at your fingertips.

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New Readers Press

New Readers Press is a building division of ProLiteracy. For 40 years the organization has been providing educators with instructional tools to teach adult students and older teens with skills for functioning in the world today.

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PA Adult Education Resources

Visit the Pennsylvania Adult Education Resources website for a variety of teaching resources, webinars, and more.

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Practical Money Skills

With a diverse range of resources, including free lesson plans, educational games for classroom use and profiles of inspiring educators.

Practical Money Skills hopes to empower educators, enable student learning and help provide people of all ages with the tools necessary for financial success.

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The largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, believes that a safer, stronger, and more sustainable society starts with an educated adult population. For more than 60 years, ProLiteracy has been working across the globe to create a world where every person can read and write.

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The Literacy assistance center

The Literacy Assistance Center is a non-profit professional development and technical assistance organization dedicated to building the capacity and improving the quality of adult literacy and out-of-school youth programs. We work to strengthen and expand the Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency and English for Speakers of Other Languages teachers and programs.

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The National assessment of educational progress (NEAP)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is an assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas.

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NAEP Reports for Students with Disabilities or ESL Students

The Tesl Journal

The TESL Journal offers articles, research papers, lesson plans, classroom handouts, teaching ideas, and links for teachers of English as Second Language.

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Your Brain on Books

What happens to the mind when we read?

Any book lover can tell you: diving into a great novel is an immersive experience that can make your brain come alive with imagery and emotions and even turn on your senses. It sounds romantic, but there’s real, hard evidence that supports these things happening to your brain when you read books. In reading, we can actually physically change our brain structure, become more empathetic, and even trick our brains into thinking we’ve experienced what we’ve only read in novels.

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