The Adult Literacy Tutoring Program
Our Adult Literacy Tutoring Program is a core program where adults 18 years of age and older can get help with basic reading, writing, math, and computer literacy for free.
Adults struggling with literacy skills can seek us out independently or may be referred to us from other organizations. We try to accommodate any adult with a learning need and a desire to address that need. A trained professional assesses a Learner’s skills and requirements. Following this evaluation, Learners are paired with an appropriate volunteer Tutor. The Learner and Tutor agree specific learning goals and a plan of action. They agree on when and where they will meet. These sessions are usually weekly, in a public venue and always one-on-one. The Learner’s progress is monitored and evaluated by the Tutor and by our Adult Co-ordinator to ensure goals are being met and progress is achieved.
Our goal is to help adults who struggle with literacy to become more confident and skilled and thus able to function more effectively in today’s economy.
For more information about this program, please contact our office. We are always on the lookout for volunteers who are willing to commit a few hours a week to this worthwhile activity.
English as a Second Language Group Sessions
After consulting with local immigrant support services, VLC has identified a gap where some immigrants who are no longer new to our country are still struggling with their English. In January 2018, we started a collaboration with SJ Willis Secondary High School to support their learners who needed some extra support with English to arrive at the appropriate level to start their school courses.
Our trained volunteer tutors facilitate free conversational group sessions also outside of the school setting, to improve upon individual English levels as well as provide some life skills to function better in Canadian society. Once the level is raised, the learners are very welcome to be included in our traditional 1:1 volunteer tutoring program, as mentioned above.
We welcome communities and individuals to contact us to discuss arranging similar English conversational groups.
If you are someone who has experience with supporting ESL learners and would like to volunteer, we would also love to hear from you!
The Vancouver Island Correctional Centre Program
VLC operates a special program focused on adult literacy at the Vancouver Island Correctional Centre on Wilkinson Road, where inmates work toward high school equivalency or develop educational related skills. Volunteers, under the direction of a professional teacher employed by the Cowichan School District, help inmates with formal classroom work related to high school graduation or other personal education programs. Some tutors work one-on-one with inmates who require additional tutoring, while others support in a classroom setting.
This is a challenging yet highly rewarding program. If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor, please contact our office.