new volunteers Dana Blanchard, Patricia Ybarra, Siddharth Shah, Duygu Kazkondu, Jack McDermott, Sandra Navarro, Luke Mueller, Renee Flores, Davelle Brinker and Jim Peters.

Literacy Center Tutors Ready to Teach English to Adult Learners

Published January 31, 2022

A new crop of English tutors has joined the corps of volunteers at Aquinas Literacy Center, a not-for-profit institution in Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood that provides free language training to adult learners.

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The ten new tutors became qualified at a daylong training session on January 22, 2022, held at the center at 1751 W. 35th St., Chicago.  They're now set to work one-on-one with pupils, many of whom are immigrants new to the United States and Chicago. Instruction takes place both at the center and online, and students also pursue solo learning with materials and curriculum provided by Aquinas.

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"Without the support of many volunteers, Aquinas would not be able to carry out its mission of empowering adults to learn English and become more engaged in their community," said Sabrina Poulin, associate director at the center.

"[Aquinas] still needs tutors because there are many students waiting to be matched," she said.

Tutor Training on March 5

The newest volunteer tutors trained for the program are Dana Blanchard, Davelle Brinker, Renee Flores, Duygu Kazkondu, Jack McDermott, Luke Mueller, Sandra Navarro, Jim Peters, Siddharth Shah and Patricia Ybarra.

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All tutoring with students takes place in English. "Knowledge of a second language is not required," Poulin said.

The next English Literacy Tutor Training session takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2022. Individuals interested in becoming a volunteer tutor should contact Poulin by sending email to or calling (773) 927-0512.

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