Tutor training offered by Literacy Volunteers of the Eastern Panhandle

September 25, 1997

A tutor training workshop will be presented by Literacy Volunteers of the Eastern Panhandle during October and November.

This 25-hour training course teaches the theories and skills necessary to tutor students in basic literacy and English as a second language. Participants who complete the course will be certified by Literacy Volunteers of America Inc. in both types of tutoring.

There will be 10 training sessions, all convening from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Martinsburg Public Library. Session dates are Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 27 and 29, and Nov. 5, 10, 12, and 19. All sessions must be completed to qualify for certification.

There is no fee. The costs of trainers and all materials and books used in the course are covered by the organization, which asks, in return, for a year's commitment of volunteer service on the part of the trainees.


Once certified, volunteer tutors help adults in the Eastern Panhandle improve reading and writing skills and/or learn English as a second language. Tutors and students work together on a one-to-one basis, usually for two hours a week.

Tutor roundtables, inservices and conferences are offered.

There are student/tutor teams in all three Eastern Panhandle counties, and there are students waiting for tutors.

For information, contact Helene Ryan, literacy program coordinator, at the Library Literacy Office at 1-304-264-0298.

Registration is requested, and should be done by today.

Literacy Volunteers of the Eastern Panhandle is a nonprofit educational charity whose mission is to promote family literacy by teaching needed skills to adults and providing materials and encouragement for reading to children.

It is an affiliate member of Literacy Volunteers of America Inc., and United Way of Berkeley and Morgan Counties, W.Va. Inc.

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