Common Questions

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Who are Project Literacy learners?

Our learners are adults who want to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Some are immigrants learning English and about American culture.  Some are preparing to become U.S. citizens. Some already speak English, but want to improve their literacy skills.

What does Project Literacy do?

We provide free English classes taught by professional teachers. We also offer one-on-one or small group tutoring by volunteer tutors.

How do I get into the classes or get a tutor?

Call us at 617.924.8797 to find out when you can register. Once registered, students go on a waiting list. From the waiting list, we enroll new students in classes in September, November, and January. We enroll new students in tutoring at different times during the year.
We do not register students on the phone. You must make an appointment to register. At registration we will give you a short test to find out which level of instruction you need.

How many students and tutors are in Project Literacy?

Over 350 students study with Project Literacy each year. Half are in evening and morning English classes and the other half work one-on-one with tutors. There are 115 volunteer tutors.

How can I help?

Donate
Become a volunteer tutor
Direct English language learners to the program

How can I become a tutor?

Complete a volunteer application, give us a call at 617-924-8797, or contact our tutor coordinator, Jacky Van Leeuwen at jvanleeuwen@watertown-ma.gov. Tutor training generally takes place in the spring and fall and is for a total of 15 hours, one night a week for five weeks.

What qualifications do I need to become a tutor?

You need to speak, read, and write English, be a good listener, and be able to spare two hours a week. That’s it.

Who pays for the program?

The Library contributes approximately 65% of the budget and the Friends of Project Literacy raise 35% of the budget through grants, corporations and individual donations.