Start growth to last a lifetime! Train to teach American English at the Bergenfield Public Library. Our mission is to help adult residents in the community learn English so that language will no longer be an obstacle to understanding, opportunity and unity. Frequently asked questions about our ESL program are answered below. For further information, or to volunteer as a tutor, call the ESL Program Coordinator at 201-387-4040 ext. 2837 or email the ESL Department.
Next Tutor Training Classes
The schedule for the next round of training classes for volunteer tutors will be announced in the near future. Check this page for the updates.
How does the program work?
Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with adult Bergenfield residents who have registered in the program to learn the English language. Tutors who have more than one learner at the same level, work with them in a small group. ALL tutoring is done in the Library during regular Library hours. Some tutors lead Conversation Group sessions held in the Library for REGISTERED learners.
What are the pre-requisites?
English fluency and literacy, a desire to make a positive difference and enthusiasm! Neither a teaching degree nor knowledge of a foreign language is required. Completion of tutor training is required.
What about training?
We provide the required pre-service training including materials at no cost to our volunteers. We also provide in-service training at least twice a year.
What is the commitment?
Tutors meet with the learners for as little as an hour or so, or as much as several hours on a weekly basis. Meeting days and times are jointly determined by the tutor and learner(s).
What resources are available?
The Bergenfield Library’s ESL resource area has an extensive collection of printed materials, books, audio CDs and DVDs used to learn the English language. There are teaching materials for tutors as well. The resource room has computers available for tutors and registered adult learners to use with their lessons. In addition to the program coordinator, there are several experienced tutors who share advice and suggestions with other tutors.
Resources for Tutors and Learners
The first link below takes you to New Jersey Literacy of which we are an affiliate member. Under the “Resources” tab at this site you find a plethora of excellent information on everything from citizenship to online instruction for over 200 topics, including basic computer skills, internet safety and more!
This next one takes you to the Voice of America ESL site. It is pretty awesome.
To volunteer as a tutor, please call the ESL Program Coordinator at 201-387-4040 ext. 2837 or email the ESL Department.