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Teaching English as a Volunteer with Laubach Literacy of San Diego


We always need new volunteers, and we are very happy to have them. We will provide all the necessary training.  If you can speak English, you can make a difference in someone’s life.


New tutors attend two consecutive Saturday sessions with our trainers, who are professional certified ESL teachers from local colleges. We hold these training classes 4 to 5 times per year at varying locations. At the bottom of the page, you can see prospective tutors having fun in a recent class. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate allowing you to work as a Laubach Literacy tutor at any of our sites in San Diego County.


Register for Tutor Training


The next tutor training will be on the Saturdays of November 2 and November 9, 2019 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm at Fallbrook Library, 124 South Mission Road, Fallbrook. All the information is summarized on the Tutor Training Flyer. The registration deadline is October 26, 2019.


To register for Laubach ESL tutor training, fill out this information form: Training Registration Form. When you provide all your information and click “Submit Form”, we will receive an email with your registration. We will then send you an email confirming your registration.


For tutors who are already certified, there is a Mentor Tutor Workshop on Saturday July 13th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Clairemont Covenant Church. Information is on this Mentor Training Flyer.


If you have questions about volunteering, contact Co-Training Coordinators Katie Pedersen ( or Lana Smith (

Ann Nations (L.) received a Distinguished Service Award for 39 years as a tutor and 8 years as Center Director of Laubach's San Diequito Literacy Center, standing with tutors Laurie Martin, Dolly Peponides, and Steve Usher.


Other Resources for ESL Teachers


     New! The large EnglishClub website provides extensive resources for ESL teachers as well as many kinds of lessons for learners.

     The ESL Authority website has 58 free ESL Worksheets in areas such as Reading, Grammar, and Prepositions that you can use directly or use as inspiration for making your own additional worksheets.

     Accredited Schools Online has excellent ESL background information and extensive resources with links for teachers and students.

     The ProLiteracy Education Network offers a variety of resources for ESL tutors including online courses for instructions that you can watch, but you must first create a free online account.

     The website is very helpful for explaining grammar and punctuation, with examples you can use for teaching.

     PhraseMix is an easy, quick, and helpful website for learners who want to speak more natural English. It provides one new useful real-world English phrase or expression every day. You can teach a few of these to your students each week.

     You can download the 116-page book "Making It Real," a teaching guide developed by the Tacoma Community House Training Project, funded by the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Section of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. The book describes effective practices for teaching preliterate adult refugees, with techniques and activities that support these practices. Major sections of the book include:

o   Teaching Speaking and Listening Skills

o   Teaching Reading and Writing

o   Managing a Multi-Level Literacy Class

o   ESL Resources

     The EL Civics for ESL Students website provides a variety of government and history lessons for ESL students -- easy ways to learn about American history, geography, and culture:

o   Holiday Lessons is a good resource for teaching students about U.S. holidays:

o   Free ESL Worksheets has printable materials you can use directly, such as read-aloud worksheets and short stories

o   ESL Book of Short Stories: easily reproducible worksheets designed for beginning-level adults who are learning English, with subjects that include communities, civics and government, employment, families, feelings, finances, health, nutrition, recreation, and travel.

     Dave's ESL Cafe: a meeting place for ESL and EFL teachers and students from around the world.

     Lanternfish provides printable teaching resources such as worksheets and flashcards for language arts, TESOL, TEFL, and ESL.

     ESL Galaxy offers over 2368 free printable worksheets for ESL lesson plans and ESL activities.

     Linguistic Funland: the many links on this page cover a wide range of activities for ESL students, such as international e-mail discussion lists and online tests.

     "500 Tips for TESOL" (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), a book by Sue Wharton and Phil Race. The same webpage also shows other related books about this topic.

Julie Rone, a dedicated Laubach tutor in Lemon Grove, has just become a U.S. Citizen. Congratulations to her!


Unique Short Reference Documents for ESL Teachers and Students


These are short teaching and reference documents created for South Coast Literacy in Orange County to explain key grammar concepts simply and clearly:

     "Verb Pictures" uses unique time diagrams to explain the major English verb tenses.

     "Articles In English" Explains when articles ("a, an, the") or other words such as pronouns are required before nouns, and explains when to use "a," "an," or "the."

     "Feelings" addresses a recurring problem ESL students have by showing how words describing feelings (such as "excited") are different from descriptions of things that cause feelings (such as "exciting"). It contains many helpful examples.

     "Infinitives" Shows how infinitives can be used as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs, and explains the seven special infinitives that do not begin with "to."

     "Clauses and Phrases" Explains the meanings of "clause" and "phrase," and shows the different types of clauses and phrases.

     "Conditional Sentences" Explains and gives examples of the types of verbs used in the four different situations where conditional sentences ("If" ...) occur.

     "Expressions" Explains the meanings of the terms idiom, irony, metaphor, simile, and slang.

     "Identifying and Pronouncing Syllables" Understanding rules for dividing words into syllables is essential for teaching students to read out loud and pronounce new words.






New tutors learn and practice the Laubach technique of teaching ESL at one of our tutor training workshops