Reading Room one-on-one Tutors

Contact: Richard LeBlanc Contact Email: Contact Phone: (587) 393-3417 Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited


Our clients are referred to the Reading Room for a variety of reasons. These may include: having had little or interrupted education in their countries of origin, possessing a learning disability, or experiencing trauma. Reading Room volunteer tutors provide quality one-on-one instruction for these adult literacy learners in Calgary’s newcomer community, in order to supplement the students’ existing classroom learning experience, and provide them with additional guidance in reading and comprehension.

We are actively seeking volunteer teachers for the following sessions:

  • Monday afternoons from 12:45 P.M. – 2:30 PM
  • Tuesday afternoons from 12:45 P.M. – 2:30 PM
  • Wednesday afternoons from 12:45 P.M. – 2:30 PM
  • Thursday mornings from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Reading Room volunteer tutors are provided with a variety of practical thematic lessons from which to draw on, are asked to go through each lesson with a student, and then complete a small amount of paperwork to document a student’s progress and the material the student covers in a session. Volunteers in the Reading Room need to have the following:

– A background in education or tutoring (it is preferable that volunteer tutors have acquired ESL teaching certification such as CELTA or TESOL)
– Patience and empathy
– A desire to help newcomers to Canada

– Excellent English conversational and written skills
– Willingness to make a 3 hour weekly commitment to the program for 4 months

All resources and lesson plans are provided.

How to apply

To apply, please fill in the following “Express Interest” form. After it has been received, volunteer candidates are contacted by a member of our Volunteer department and asked to submit the following:

A resume (candidates with no teaching experience are encouraged to apply, but are subject to competition with other applicants)

A police background check including a vulnerable sector check

Express Interest in Volunteering

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