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 mslc@mid-stateliteracycouncil.org 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 mslc@mid-stateliteracycouncil.org or Mid-State Literacy Council, 248 E. Calder Way, Suite 307, State College, PA 16801.

Fall Classes 2018

Beginner Classes

Beginner English
Peggy Lindsey
Monday 10:00am – 12:00pm
September 10 – November 26

English for Doctor Visits
PSU Teaching Assistants
Monday 10:00am – 12:00pm
September 10 – November 26

High Beginner / Low Intermediate

Beginner English Conversation
Margie Gaffron
Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm
September 11 – December 5

English for Doctor Visits
PSU Teaching Assistants
Tuesday / Thursday 12:30pm – 2:30pm
September 11 – November 15

Crossroads Cafe
Kristin Sarsfield, Lina Chung
Monday / Thursday 10:00am – 11:45am
September 10 – November 15


Culture & Conversation
Robert Leach
Tuesday / Thursday 11:00am – 12:30pm
September 11 – November 29

English Conversation
Ranjana Mathur
Wednesday / Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm
September 12 – November 30

English for Doctors
PSU Teaching Assistants
Tuesday / Thursday 12:30pm – 2:30pm
September 11 – November 15

Evening English Conversation
Websters Bookstore
Caroline Condon-Lewis
Tuesday 5:30pm – 7:30pm
September 11 – December 4

Women’s Health
Andrea Silva
Monday / Wednesday 2:00pm – 3:30pm
September 10 – November 14

Writing, Reading & Discussion
Margie Gaffron
Wednesday 1:00pm – 2:00pm
September 12 – December 5

High Intermediate – Advanced

Conversation Skills
Ashley Rea
Monday 2:30pm – 4:00pm
September 10 – November 26

Grammar & Vocabulary
Carol Pollard
Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm
September 12 – December 5

American Short Stories
Tom Hettmansperger
Thursday 2:30pm – 4:00pm
October 4 – December 13

Cultural Reading, Grammar, & Discussion
Earl Frye
Friday 11:00am – 1:00pm
September 21 – December 7

Multi Level

Evening English
Thursday 6:00pm – 8:00pm
September 13 – November 15

Citizenship Class
Colleen Weston
Monday / Wednesday 1:00pm – 2:00pm
September 10 – November 14

Computer Skills
Neal Yoder
Thursday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
September 13 – November 15

TOEFL Program

A fee of $375 covers TOEFL classes, book, 3 other MSLC classes and tutoring.

TOEFL Test Prep
Tracy Roth
Tuesday / Thursday 1:00pm – 2:30pm
September 11 – December 6

TOEFL Writing
Tianzhi Zhang
Tuesday 9:30am – 11:00am
September 4 – December 4

TOEFL Speaking
Denis Gospodinov
Friday 1:00pm – 2:30pm
September 14 – November 30

TOEFL Reading
Yingxue Liu
Monday 10:30am – 11:45am
Wednesday 1:00pm – 2:15pm
September 5 – November 28

Spring 2019 Assessment Testing

Students who are registering for Spring 2019 are invited to take a level placement test. This test will assess your listening skills and help us with advising and placement for classes and tutoring. There is no fee for registered students.

Please register in advance by calling (814) 238 – 1809 or emailing Tracy Roth at tracy.roth@mid-stateliteracycouncil.org.

All testing will take place at the Mid-State literacy Council Office.

  • Please plan to arrive 10 minutes early.
  • The testing session will take about one hour.
  • You do not need to bring any materials.

Contact Details

248 E Calder Way, Suite 307
State College, PA 16801

Phone: (814) 238 – 1809
email: mslc@mid-stateliteracycouncil.org

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.