Our program provides individualized support to enhance learning and aid in the development of self-advocacy skills for students in the Basic and Transitional Studies Division at Seattle Central College.
Students in our division are working towards attaining higher education and employment by taking classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and GED preparation. We work with students to develop basic English, reading, writing, and math skills so that they can reach their goals.
Volunteer Orientation Dates
Orientation takes about an hour:
- Wednesday, September 18 at 12 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 25 at 5 p.m.
- Monday, September 30 at 10 a.m.
- Monday, October 7 at 12 p.m.
Volunteer Application, Contract & Agreement
Tutors provide one-on-one assistance to a student who is learning English or preparing for the GED or college placement testing. Tutors help students understand basic reading, writing, grammatical, or math concepts and provide opportunities to practice the skills they are learning in class. Tutors work with students to develop activities that are relevant to the students’ needs and goals. Tutors generally meet with a student twice a week.
Classroom Assistants work with classroom teachers in ESL and ABE classes. Classes may focus on basic reading/writing, speaking/listening, computer skills, math, or communications. Classroom assistants provide extra help to students during class time. We place volunteers in classes based on the needs of the division as well as the interests and needs of the volunteer . We prefer candidates with previous teaching or tutoring experience, but can be flexible depending on your skills and interests. Ultimately, classroom assistants work out their schedule and role with the teacher that they are partnered with.
English as a Second Language Tutor
Our ESL students range from pre-literate in their own language and/or English to near-native speakers hoping to hone their academic and linguistic skills before continuing with their education or vocational training. All of the students who apply for tutors are eager to learn and grateful for the extra assistance outside of class that volunteers provide them. Tutors help students with pronunciation, conversation, grammar, spelling, reading comprehension, and writing development. The tutoring sessions are generally driven by the student’s homework or desire to improve a specific English skill.
Adult Basic Education Tutor
Adult Basic Education students are adults who are already proficient in the English language, but wish to improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills. Reading and writing are integrated to give students the foundation for effective communication. Reading instruction emphasizes comprehension, vocabulary development, critical thinking, and study skills. Writing skills include the review and application of language and grammar rules, correct usage and spelling, writing sentences and paragraphs. Math instruction includes skills development in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers; fractions; decimals; percents; and introduction to algebra and geometry. Students often need help preparing for the GED or with homework comprehension.