Literacy Tutoring

At a Glance

What is adult literacy?

Adult literacy is using printed and written information to function in society, achieve one's goals and develop one's knowledge and potential.


What type of learners do we tutor?

Our adult literacy tutoring program is designed for students not yet ready for Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes or for English language learners who are at pre-literacy levels. Students are interviewed and assessed for eligibility, then matched with a caring, trained volunteer tutor.

Where are the tutoring locations?

The locations are primarily at LLCC Outreach Centers throughout the district. There are other locations such as local libraries or community centers.

Literacy tutors

LLCC Adult Education is currently seeking volunteer tutors.  

  • Opportunities are available to tutor in reading, math and English as a Second Language.
  • Volunteers should be available to tutor one hour per week.
  • Tutor training is provided.

To volunteer, call 217-786-2572.

What are the responsibilities of a tutor?

Responsibilities of a volunteer tutor are to provide assistance to students on a one-to-one basis, as a member of a small group or within a classroom setting. Time requirements for tutors are minimum of one hour per week. Tutors must submit hours and a learner progress sheet to the region coordinator monthly.

Do I qualify to be a tutor?

Qualifications include:

  • Willingness to complete duties and responsibilities
  • Ability to read
  • Successful participation in scheduled training sessions and programs
  • Dedication to continuing education
  • Positive approach to teaching
  • Nonjudgmental attitude
  • Patience
  • Enthusiasm
  • Desire to help others

Learn more about Secretary of State's Adult Volunteer Literacy Initiative.