Training for ESL Volunteer Teachers and Assistants

With Minnesota Literacy Council Trainer Andrea Echelberger


Online Registration for training is currently closed. Inquiries regarding participating or about the program should be directed to Elyse Pate: epate@iowainternationalcenter.org, 515-282-8269 x14


Training is fun, hands-on and will prepare you to be an effective, confident teacher or tutor!

ESL Training Schedule
Friday, October 5 – Saturday, October 6, 2018
West Des Moines Community Schools Learning Resource Center
3550 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Training provided by Minnesota Literacy Council Trainer Andrea Echelberger


5:15 pm-6 pm
Networking and appetizers.

6 pm-9 pm
Let’s Start at the Beginning: Working with Low Literacy Adult ESL Learners

Teaching adult ESL learners to read and write for the first time has unique rewards and challenges. There are few textbooks aimed at this level, and it can be difficult to know where to begin. This session will cover suggested goals, processes and activities for helping an adult ESL student learn to speak, listen, read, and write. It will include Literacy Level Experience, Lesson planning, and Phonics. This session does not teach a specific curriculum to follow, but will provide curriculum resources. It is for anyone interested in working with pre-literate adults.


8 am- 8:30 am
Networking and coffee.

8:30 am-1:30 pm (including 11 am break with snacks)
Volunteer Basics for Teaching ESL

This training prepares volunteers to work with adult students who are learning English, and helps volunteers understand the influence of culture and immigration on learning.  It also prepares volunteer instructors to lead adult English language learners in citizenship or job skills. New volunteers, those with limited ESL volunteer experience, and those with applicable skills are welcome.  This session, especially created for volunteers in community-based organizations, does not teach a specific curriculum, but will provide curriculum resources, activity ideas and sample lesson plans.
After training, volunteers will be able to
→Plan lessons, including learner-centered ESL lessons
→Give directions
→Respond to students’ errors
→Lead a conversation (listening/speaking) or literacy (reading) lesson
→Check for comprehension
→Teach a multi-level class
Upon completion of this course, participants will
→Receive a 5-hour English Language Volunteer certificate
→Be eligible to volunteer with community-based ESL programs in Iowa

Participants are able to purchase to purchase a copy of the exclusive MLC Tutor Manual/Iowa version. This important resource includes tutor background information, activity ideas, and sample lesson plans.

About the PresenterAndrea Echelberger 
Minnesota Literacy Council, ESL Training Coordinator

Andrea is the ESL Training Coordinator at the Minnesota Literacy Council, where she provides professional development and support to adult ESL teachers and volunteers around Minnesota. She has spent over 12 years teaching refugees and immigrants in St. Paul, MN, and served as an English Language Fellow for two years in Cambodia. Andrea holds a M.A. in ESL from Hamline University and a MN ABE Teaching License.










This opportunity is made possible through generous support from the UCC Plymouth Church Foundation.

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