Become a Tutor

Spending just an hour or two per week to help strengthen someone’s literacy skills is a simple act that makes a profound difference in another’s life. We rely on nearly 200 volunteers to help us provide English as a Second Language and basic literacy instruction to more than 250 adults in Centre and Clearfield counties every year.

Volunteers work as private tutors and small group leaders to teach adult learners the literacy skills they need to keep their families healthy, get jobs, earn degrees, become U.S. citizens, gain confidence and give back to their community. Volunteering with Mid-State is a labor of love that personally enriches the tutor almost as much as the student. No prior experience is necessary, and training is provided for all volunteers.
Additionally, if you’d like to get involved with Mid-State but don’t wish to be a tutor, we can always use more help with events and other important tasks.

Email us at or call (814) 238-1809 to join our amazing team!

Tutor Forms

Pair Form (one-on-one tutoring) (Word Document)

Pair Form (one-on-one tutoring) (PDF Document)

Group Form (classes) (Word Document)

Group Form (classes) (PDF Document)

Please fill out the appropriate form and send it to or Mid-State Literacy Council, 248 E. Calder Way, Suite 307, State College, PA 16801.

Spring Classes 2020

Beginner Classes

English for Doctor Visits-Beginner
PSU Teaching Assistants
Tuesday 1:00pm – 2:30pm
February 4 – April 14

Beginning Conversation
Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm
January 29 – April 15

Beginner Skills Workshop
PSU Teaching Assistants
Wednesday 1:00pm – 3:00pm
January 29 – April 15

Beginner / Low Beginner English
Lauren Hile
Thursday 10:00am – 11:30am
January 30 – April 16

High Beginner / Low Intermediate

Low Intermediate Listening & Speaking
Kristin Sarsfield & Emerald Nimitz
Monday 12:30pm – 2:00pm
January 27 – April 13

Robert Leach
Tuesday & Thursday 9:45am – 10:45am
January 28 – April 16

English for Doctor Visits-High Beginner / Low Intermediate
PSU Teaching Assistants
Tuesday & Thursday 1:00pm – 2:30pm
February 4 – April 16

Oral English
Ke Sun
Tuesday 11:00am – 12:30pm
January 28 – April 14


Book Club
Carrie Koch & Lina Chung
Monday 10:15am – 11:30am
January 13 – February 17

Culture & Conversation
Robert Leach
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00am – 12:30pm
January 28 – April 16

English for Doctor Visits-Intermediate
PSU Teaching Assistants
Tuesday & Thursday 1:00pm – 2:30pm
February 4 – April 16

English Conversation
Ranjana Mathur
Wednesday & Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm
January 29 – April 17

Intermediate Listening
Qian Ma
Wednesday 12:30pm – 2:00pm
January 29 – April 15

Margie Gaffron
Thursday 10:00am – 12:00pm
January 30 – April 16

Workplace English
Mindy Kondisko & Teaching Assistant
Tuesday 5:30pm – 7:00pm
February 4 – April 14

Conversational English
PSU Teaching Assistants
Thursday 5:30pm – 7:30pm
January 30 – April 16
at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe

High Intermediate – Advanced

Grammar & Vocabulary
Carol Pollard
Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm
January 29 – April 15

American Short Stories
Tom Hettmansperger
Thursday 12:30pm – 2:00pm
January 30 – April 16

Current Events
Chaarvi Modi
Friday 10:00am – 11:30am
January 31 – April 17

Advanced Listening & Speaking
Ashley Rea
Tuesday 12:30pm – 2:00pm
January 28 – April 14

Advanced Writing
Alan Kim
Tuesday 11:00am – 12:30pm
January 28 – March 24

Multi Level

Computer Skills
PSU Teaching Assistants
Tuesday 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Friday 1:30pm – 3:30pm
January 28 – April 17

TOEFL Program

A fee of $395 covers TOEFL classes, 3 other MSLC classes, and tutoring.

Kevin Xue & Tracy Roth
Monday & Wednesday
12:30pm – 2:30pm
January 27 – April 15

TOEFL Speaking
Jiadi Zhang
Wednesday 2:40pm – 4:00pm
January 29 – April 15

TOEFL Reading
Carrie Koch
Friday 11:00am – 12:30pm
January 31 – April 10

TOEFL Listening
Linyi Bao & Sarah Read
Monday 10:00am – 11:30am
February 3 – April 13

Mid-State Literacy Council depends on the support of our community.


Upcoming Events

Mid-State hosts a handful of special events each year that give the community a chance to celebrate literacy and support our efforts to help the adults in this area who want to realize their literacy goals.