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 2019-2020, our volunteer group helped nearly 200 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. 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 will be able to purchase the books in low-cost paper form as well as access them online.
Zoom will be our online classroom platform. It has important, unique features such as breakout rooms so that small groups of students can practice with assistants.
There's training too! Our goal is to help you run or assist an online ESL class with ease, using our new Intercambio curriculum and other online tools. Training will include online teaching workshops, videos to watch, and ongoing support through volunteer coordinators and teacher mentors.
A few more details
Volunteer training will start in August. We will send out suggestions for those who want to get a jump on it sooner.
Classes will start in mid-September.
Each class will run 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 will 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.
Classes will run through June. If you are unable to commit through June, we will ask for a commitment at least through December.
In October, we will assess the Covid19 situation and make a decision about in-person classes for January.
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.