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. New volunteers are welcome to begin anytime during the year.
Where are the classes held?
Classes are held at 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 a training course to teach ESL and committed to preparing weekly lessons. Previous teaching experience is not required.
Is there any training?
A tutor orientation/training will be arranged prior to your first class to help you become familiar with MWC, staff, and resources. Mary Ward Center staff is available to offer additional assiantance and support.
What materials do I need to teach ESL?
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 available to assist you.
Can I come visit MWC?
Yes! Please call Marianne or Concepcion at 773-734-2420. They would love to schedule a time to show you around.
We are available to answer any other questions you may have. Please call us at 773-734 -2420.