Engaging Methuen Readers

Literacy Volunteers of Methuen: find out how you can help!

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For ten years, the Methuen affiliate of Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts has been providing free, confidential, student-centered, one-on-one tutoring for people who are working to learn the English language. Twice a year, volunteers are trained to provide either tutoring assistance to area residents who need help learning English, or improving the English skills that they have. Through a six-week training program, tutors are prepared to work with students at many levels of language proficiency, using a variety of techniques and resources.

Tutor and student pairs typically spend about two hours per week together, usually at the library. The goals that students are working on range from gaining a basic grasp of the language to preparing for the citizenship test or college entrance exams. It’s not uncommon for tutors and students to work together for many years and develop lasting friendships.

Currently, the students that Literacy Volunteers of Methuen tutors are working with come from 18 different countries. While each student has goals and plans unique to him or her, they all have one thing in common: to learn the language of their new country.

Right now, there are close to 60 students on the waiting list, and many have already been waiting for a tutor for over a year. If you are interested in learning more about how you can volunteer to help as an ESOL tutor, please join us for an orientation session. If, after learning more about the program, you decide that tutoring isn’t for you at this time, you are not obligated to continue with the training.

Orientations will be held on:

Wednesday, April 12 from 7-8 p.m.
Thursday, April 13 from 10-11 a.m.
Saturday, April 15 from 10-11 a.m.

Tutoring will begin on Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m., and continue for six weeks concluding on May 24.

If you have any questions about the program prior to the orientations, please call me (Kathleen Kenny) at 978-686-4080, extension 32, or email at

I hope to see you soon!


Author: Kathleen

Reference Librarian and Literacy Program Coordinator. When not librarianing, I enjoy literary fiction, comedy, crafting, history, and politics.

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