We would love to help you learn to speak, read, and write English. If you have trouble completing the application, please feel free to email us.


Estaremos encantados de ayudarte a hablar, leer y escribir en inglés. Si tienes problemas completando la aplicación, por favor escríbenos.

Tutor Training

Manatee Literacy Council provides free tutor training to help new tutors meet the 12-hour training requirement. We ask for a $25 contribution to cover the cost of materials that are provided to our tutors in training.

No foreign language skills or teaching experience are required to be a volunteer tutor.

Each new tutor meets with a representative of our organization to discuss our volunteer opportunities. The orientation is designed to acquaint you with Manatee Literacy Council and to help you make an informed decision about whether or not you want to tutor.

If you choose to train to be a tutor with our organization, you will be required to complete our Tutor Certification Training (TCT).  TCT is comprised of attending classes, watching videos, reading materials to support adult education, and attending three of our virtual “Confident Conversations” classes.  The entire course should take approximately 18 hours. 

We offer TCT workshops both virtually and in-person. They are conducted by an experienced tutor trainer and are designed to help you learn and practice the techniques of tutoring. The workshops are informative, dynamic, and accredited. Topics covered include second language acquisition, assessment, cultural awareness, lesson planning, how adults learn, and teaching techniques. At the end of the workshop, you will be qualified to tutor at any level. To find out more about our TCT program, please contact our offices at (941) 746-8197 or email director@manatee-literacy.org.

Training workshops are open to new and experienced tutors.


We normally train tutors monthly. Please contact our Exectutive Director for more information on how you can join Tutor Certification Training.

Online Training

Florida Literacy Coalition offers periodic online tutor training. Visit Florida Literacy Coalition training for details.

This online training is not meant as the entire training process, but as a framework to help prospective tutors feel somewhat comfortable working with adults. After completing the online course, the next step is to contact our office and register to become an active tutor member with Manatee Literacy Council. We will ask you to attend a short orientation to learn about our agency and begin the tutoring adventure.

ProLiteracy online training is also available. Contact Manatee Literacy Council for details.

Get Started

Fill out the Volunteer Application or visit the Manatee Literacy Council office to fill out an application.