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Could you be a tutor?

What You Need to Do:

  • Speak English fluently
  • Commit to work one-on-one with an adult learner for one hour per week.
  • Be willing to use our training and materials.
  • Be at least 21 years of age and be able to offer one hour a week.

What Can You Expect?

  • Most of our ESL tutors work one-on-one with adult learners. Small (2-3 persons) groups are sometimes created.
  • Training workshops are provided to teach volunteers about tutoring effectively. These workshops are scheduled at the convenience of volunteers.*
  • You do not need to speak a foreign language
  • You will spend about 1 -1/2 hours per week with your learner. We find that the preparation time for each session is usually an
    • additional 15-60 minutes.
    • To help ensure the success of our learners, we ask that you commit to tutoring for one academic year.
    • Tutoring sessions will be at a mutually-accepted time and place convenient for both the learner and the tutor. We consider the location and availability of both learners and tutors in matching up learning teams.
      • You can meet in person at the Siena Learning Center, a public library, or another public location.
      • You can also meet through Zoom video call; the Center will supply access to a Zoom account.
    • Books and other materials are provided.

    If you are interested in being a volunteer tutor, please call the Center at 860-348-0622, or email us at sienalc29@att.net to schedule an information session with the director.

  • I am a retired school teacher. I loved being a teacher. The Siena Learning Center is clean, seasonally decorated, welcoming and absolutely devoted to the non-English speaker. Each learner’s growth is overseen with care and concern, and each tutor’s comfort level is very important to the Sisters. There is a plethora of books, articles, maps, charts, language props and general education information accessible. Everyone is helpful and most kind. It is a pleasure to be a small part of a wonderful, caring organization that experiences great success.

  • It is a joy to have conversations in English at the start of each lesson where we are both able to laugh. My learner and I often begin excellent conversations around iPhone photos. I appreciate all of the help that I receive from Sr. Virginia when I am not certain about how to proceed when a problem arises in my tutoring.


  • When I first started tutoring, I didn’t know what I had to offer. As I got to know my learners, I was amazed at how eager they were to learn and how hard it was for them, but they never gave up. My learners are just wonderful to work with. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a tutor at Siena Learning Center. The smiles on my learners’ faces are all I can ask for.

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