Volunteering as an ELL Tutor

What a tutor does

English Language Learning (ELL) for Adults is a one-to-one and small group volunteer program where adults can improve their English communication skills with help from community volunteers. Programs take place at scheduled times in six different library branches. Tutors and learners usually meet once a week for two hours at one of the program locations and times.

The ELL for Adults program is not only an opportunity for language learning, but also for cultural exchange and understanding. Last year, more than 400 adults with more than 30 different first languages participated.

First time volunteers

If you are a first time volunteer, you need to fill out the library volunteer application and the ELL volunteer application. Please visit our volunteer page for the library volunteer application form, criminal records check forms, our Volunteer Policies, etc.

We also use a separate ELL application form to match you with a learner. Please fill this out and bring it to your local branch library.

Where and When Do Sessions Take Place?

English Language Learning Schedule

Location Coordinator Contact Info Meeting Days/Times
Alderney Gate (902) 490-4268 Tuesdays: 1-3 p.m. & 4-6 p.m. & 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Bedford (902) 490-4073 Mondays: 1-3 p.m. 
Thursdays: 2-4 & 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Captain William Spry (902) 490-5715 Mondays: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Halifax Central Library (902) 490-5990 Mondays:1-3 p.m. & 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 4-6 p.m. & 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fridays: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Halifax North Memorial (902) 490-6557

Mondays: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesdays: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Keshen Goodman (902) 490-6408 Tuesdays: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 1-3 p.m. &  6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fridays: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Woodlawn (902) 490-3707 Mondays:1-3 p.m. & 4-6 p.m. & 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Training for ELL Volunteers

Halifax Public Libraries offers an ELL workshop series. The series includes:

  1. ELL Basics
  2. Cultural Awareness Training
  3. ESL Literacy
  4. Goal Setting and Lesson Planning

It’s up to both the volunteer and the program coordinator to determine whether all workshops should be completed.

For Further Information

For more information, please contact one of the ELL program coordinators listed above or the regional coordinator for adult literacy & ELL at (902) 490-6378.