Is it necessary to speak Spanish?
No! The most important quality you can bring is your desire to help a person learn English.
What type of commitment are you looking for?
We ask that each MWC volunteer commit to teaching at least one student, for one hour, once a week. A volunteer is welcome to teach more than one student but each student is taught individually in a weekly one hour session. Classes are held from September through the first week in June. However, new volunteers are welcome to begin anytime during the year.
Where are the classes held?
Classes are held at the Mary Ward Center located at 3215 E. 91st Street, Chicago, IL.
I’m not a teacher, can I still volunteer?
Yes! The most important gift you can bring is your desire to help an individual learn English. It is also important that you participate in basic training to teach ESL and be faithful in your lesson preparation. Previous teaching experience is not required.
What materials do I need to teach ESL?
The Mary Ward Center provides a variety of instructional materials which are designed for adult students learning English. There are books, worksheets, and teaching tips available to assist you in teaching English. Other experienced tutors are also wonderful resources that are always available to assist you.
Is there any training?
A tutor orientation will be arranged prior to your first class to help you become familiar with the staff, centers and resources. The Mary Ward Center staff is available during all class times to offer additional assistance and support.
Can I come visit the MWC?
Yes! Give Marianne a call at 773 34 2420. She would love to schedule a time to show you around
We are always available to answer any other questions you may have. Call us at 773 734 2420 during regular business hours (Monday - Thursday, 9am - 5pm).