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Time for tutor recruitment
The Adult Literacy Tutors Association has officially begun the recruitment period for volunteers who are interested in becoming Alta tutors next year! Interested persons should have a Grade I or II CSEC English (or equivalent) and be able to commit to teaching an Alta class twice a week for two hours each time, from September 2018- July 2019.If you have the time, Alta tutors over the years have all said that their experience tutoring has not only been incredibly rewarding but also an eye-opening experience. Here are the six steps you should take if you’d like to become a certified Alta tutor:
STEP ONE:A simple phone call or email to one of Alta’s three offices to express interest in volunteering and have questions answered is the first step to becoming a volunteer. Persons calling can also schedule to attend an interview in Belmont (624-2582), Arima (664-2582) or San Fernando (653-4656).
STEP TWO: InterviewVolunteer tutors at Alta are unpaid, but no experience is necessary to become a volunteer. Volunteers must have Grade 1 or 2 in English and be able to commit to teach for an academic year. Interviews allow an opportunity to meet long-serving Alta members and get a better ‘feel’ for the organisation. At the end of an interview, both you and Alta will agree on whether the time commitment and desire expressed matches what is required, and what other opportunities there are to serve.
STEP THREE: ObserveVolunteer applicants get the privilege of meeting our students when they are invited to observe a class in session for eight consecutive visits. Observation is a prerequisite for Alta’s annual Tutor Training Course, and volunteers will not be offered the opportunity to be trained without successfully completing observation.
STEP FOUR: TrainAlta provides training for all tutor volunteers. At the end of the observation period, volunteers will be asked to contractually agree to commit to teaching at an Alta class in September (which immediately follows training) before they can attend training. Training is a very important period on the Alta calendar, and is done over six weeks between April/May. Space is limited, and only 100 volunteers are trained annually for the intensive course. Training gives volunteers the skills necessary to deliver the Alta Programme.
STEP FIVE: TeachVolunteers who complete the training will choose a class venue where they will begin their year of volunteer service. Teaching is the practical component of Alta’s Tutor Training Course and volunteers must complete 150 contact hours of teaching, or an academic year to be certified as an adult literacy tutor. Newly trained tutors are placed with an experienced tutor to team teach at a venue of their choice.
STEP SIX: CertifyCompleting an academic year as an Alta tutor is an accomplishment to be celebrated and each year certificates are awarded to volunteers completing their year of service at our Annual General Meeting. Certified tutors can then become members of the Association.
Alta looks forward to hearing from you!
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Call 624-2582 or email [email protected] for more info.
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