Become a volunteer
Beaverton Literacy Council is run entirely by volunteers including board members, tutors/teachers, and others who help keep the program humming. In 2020-2021, our volunteer group is helping over 350 adult learners improve their lives through increased English skills. We hope you will join this meaningful work!
We are happy to have you join our volunteer team! Please click here to complete our volunteer interest form. We will be in touch in August about training and class placement for our online program. Thank you!
We are excited to introduce BLC Online, a comprehensive online program for teaching & learning ESOL in the greater Portland area. Our program is entirely online for 2020-2021. We are looking for energetic, compassionate people who are interested in helping immigrants learn English in a supported online environment.
What's required? To be a BLC Online volunteer teacher or class assistant, we ask that you are a fluent English speaker and that you desire to teach students from many different cultures and countries. You don't have to be a grammar expert or have extensive teaching experience, but you do have to love learning and helping others learn!
For teaching online, you will need a laptop or desktop computer with a stable wifi connection. (Sorry, Zoom makes it hard to teach with tablets or phones.)
BLC has adopted an online curriculum called Intercambio Сonfidence and Connections to facilitate lesson planning and teaching. Students and teachers will be able to purchase the books in low-cost paper form as well as access them online for free (paid for by BLC).
Zoom is our online classroom platform. It has important, unique features such as breakout rooms so that students can practice and learn in small groups.
There's training too! We hold live/Zoom-based or in-person training in the summer and fall. See elsewhere on this page for our recommended training videos and teaching tips. BLC volunteers can sign up to observe other teachers, get feedback from other teachers, and attend volunteer Roundtable discussions. Each volunteer is also assigned a volunteer coordinator to help answer big and small questions.
A few more details
Each class runs for 75 minutes twice per week. You may choose to volunteer just once per week, working with a partner who will teach/assist the other day.
Classes run from mid-September through early June.
If you are unable to commit to the full year, we ask for a commitment of at least one term.
Classes take the usual school holidays according to the Beaverton Public School calendar. If you need to miss class periodically, it will be possible to get substitutes.
Volunteer skill development & resources
Links to preview the BLC online curriculum: Intercambio
Teaching Tips (characteristics of adult learners, lesson planning, and classroom tips)
BLC classes will begin the week of Sept 21 and end the week of June 7. Breaks will follow the district-wide Beaverton Public Schools calendar. Individual schools may have additional breaks; BLC will not cancel classes for those breaks.
All Beaverton Literacy Council students and instructors must be at least 18 years of age. With that exception, the BLC does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.