Be A Volunteer
Bergenfield Library Literacy Volunteers English as a Second Language Program 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.
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.
To volunteer as a tutor, please call the ESL Program Coordinator at (201) 387-4040 ext. 2837.