Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring and a Basic Literacy (BL) tutoring?

ESL Tutoring: ESL tutors teach adult students to speak, read and write in English. ESL students range from those who cannot read or write in any language due to lack of schooling, to those with gaps in their native language and education, to those with advanced degrees in their home countries. ESL students are usually served by one-on-one tutoring or in small groups of 2-5 students.

BL Tutoring: Basic Literacy tutoring serves students who are native English speakers or proficient English speakers, but who are reading AT OR BELOW the 6th grade level. Basic Literacy tutors are trained to teach basic reading and writing skills. LVSF has added numeracy as a tutoring option for Basic Literacy. Basic Literacy tutors also have the option of teaching numeracy skills which are needed for financial literacy and basic job skills.


Do I need to speak a second language in order to become an ESL tutor?
No. It is not necessary to speak a second language to teach someone English. You will learn techniques and tricks of the trade in your training. If you speak a second language it can be helpful depending upon how it is used. The primary goal is to teach English using English and other creative techniques.


Where does tutoring take place?
Tutoring takes place in a variety of public places, such as Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe Public Libraries, Santa Fe Public Schools, various churches, community centers, coffee shops, and at any public place where both the tutor and student(s) are comfortable. Workplace ESL tutoring happens on-site at a student’s workplace. This type of tutoring usually comes at the request of the employer and an agreement is made with a workplace supervisor as to the time and location of the tutoring group.