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This is the initial training for volunteers who would like to work one-on-one with an ESL or Basic Literacy learner. Modules provide an introduction to our philosophy and structure, information on strategies, and program materials. Volunteers must complete all modules and receive a certificate of completion in order to be placed with a learner.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, email Carlos Contreras at

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APL Adult Literacy Program provides comprehensive tutor training for all volunteer literacy tutors.  

All Basic Literacy and ESL tutors are required to complete tutor training before being paired with an adult learner. A ProLiteracy certified trainer will instruct participants on techniques and strategies for teaching reading, writing, and basic life skills to adults and English langauge learners.


Volunteer tutors must be 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or the equivalent. No prior teaching experience is required.

We also offer many resources and online support under Tutor Resources.

Online Tutor Training Available

Online Basic Literacy and ESL tutor training is now available for individuals who would like to volunteer their time helping an adult in our community learn to read. You can train at your own pace from the comfort of your home.

A computer and internet access are needed to complete the training. 

The online training materials are FREE and provide you with everything you need to ensure you are ready to provide high-quality literacy instruction to the student you are matched with in the Adult Literacy Program. You will have access to videos and online courses through ProLiteracy. 

Please complete the form below to register or for more information.

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Training Materials

Ascension Parish Library’s Adult Literacy Program is a proud member of ProLiteracy, a nonprofit organization that promotes adult literacy through content development, programs and advocacy. The APL Adult Literacy Program would like to acknowledge ProLiteracy for providing the Adult Literacy Tutor Training Resources.

Tutor/Training FAQ

1. Can I register for training online? 

No, we ask volunteers to call or stop by the library, where the training will be held, in order to register. 

2. Why is training required?

The tutor training prepares a tutor to plan goal-oriented lessons, select appropriate materials, and learn techniques for working with adult learners. The training also offers you the opportunity to meet fellow tutors and program staff. 

3. Is there a cost for training? 

No, there is no cost to attend a Literacy Tutor Information Session or to attend the Tutor Training workshops. 

4. Can I tutor more than one learner? 

Yes, once you have tutored an individual for the initial six month commitment, you may request to be paired with an additional learner. 

5. I am part of a group or organization who wishes to participate in Tutor Orientation, but ......registration is full or we cannot make the dates. 

Contact the Literacy Coordinator, Carlos Contreras or Jeanine Fino at 225-647-3955.

6. I don't know if I want to be an Adult Literacy Tutor, do I have to make a commitment now? 

Attend a Literacy Tutor Information Session, no commitment required. You will learn about what is required to be a tutor, what training entails, and how literacy impacts our community. If you attend a Tutor Training workshop, we ask the volunteer tutors being trained to commit to a minimum of 6 months of tutoring to provide consistency for the learner's educational experience. 

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