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Partners in English Language Learning seeks volunteer tutors in Nevada County

From left, Gladys works with her English tutor, Marlee Chamberlin. Partners in English Language Learning will be offering a two-day training for new volunteers this fall.
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The mission of Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL) is to help English language learners become thriving members of the community by offering one-on-one English language tutoring, and building bridges that foster cross-cultural respect, understanding and friendship. Tutors are the key to this end.

Students give many reasons for wanting to improve their English skills, the primary goal being a better life for themselves and their families. Students say they want to be better equipped to deal with day-to-day issues, such as parental school responsibilities, family medical issues, communicate with employers and understand the checkout transaction as they buy groceries. The process of learning English is often a difficult and scary journey and PiELL volunteer tutors are there to help students reach their goals. Tutors work with their adult students one-on-one, committing to a minimum of one hour a week, at a time and place that is convenient for both the tutor and the student. To be a tutor, no formal teaching experience is necessary, and English is the only language required. PiELL provides mentors, semi-annual tutor get-togethers to exchange ideas and a resource library.

A two-day, eight-hour volunteer tutor training is scheduled for September 30 and October 7. Volunteers must attend both days. For more information, call 530-265-2116 or visit http://www.piell.org.


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