The Community Volunteer Training (CVT) is a resource for volunteers in the greater King County region looking to expand their network and knowledge in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL/ESOL). The Seattle Public Library, King County Library System, Seattle Goodwill, and Literacy Source sponsor the CVT in their efforts to empower volunteers from all over the city to raise literacy and basic education needs for adults in our community. By coming together, we believe we can more effectively combat illiteracy and barriers to basic education. 

Training opportunities are offered quarterly at locations in King County.






Saturday June 3, 2017
Talk Time Training – Free & Open to the Public
Sponsored by King County Library System

This workshop will focus on developing successful Talk Time sessions for adult English language learners. Talk Time creates a fun and non-threatening atmosphere for limited English speakers to use the English they already know, learn new vocabulary, and share knowledge and cultural perspectives. The workshop will demonstrate a variety of activities that Talk Time facilitators can use to get the conversation flowing. Appropriate for both new and experienced facilitators. Please bring your lunch.

Facilitator: Jennifer Malloy
RSVP TO: Melanie Hue, or (425) 369-3455
Location: Tukwila Library Meeting RoomGoogle Maps
Time: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm


Saturday, June 24, 2017
Teaching and Planning Lessons for English Language Learners – Free & Open to the Public
Sponsored by the Seattle Public Library

This workshop will cover techniques and activities for teaching English language learners, including those who have no English ability. Learn how to plan lessons and assess what your students know. Get tips on how to be culturally sensitive and to differentiate instruction for various levels. Please bring your lunch.

Facilitator: Alysan Croydon
Location: Central Library | Google Maps
Registration: 8:30 am
Workshop: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
For more information, contact


Thank you to those who attended the Community Volunteer Training at Seattle Goodwill on Saturday, April 1st. 

Click on the title below to download.

Keynote Presentation (PDF Presentation)

Understanding Adult Learners:
Basic Reading for Adult Learners (PDF presentation)
Getting Started on the Right Foot (PDF)
Keeping Adult Learners Motivated (PDF)
Principles of Adult Learning (PDF)

Teaching Job Readiness:
Teaching Job Readiness (PDF Presentation)
Resume Template (PDF)
Star Method Interview Questions (PDF)

Hands On Learning:
Creating Tools & Manipulatives (PDF Presentation)
Creating Tools & Manipulatives (PDF)

Working with Immigrants:
Working with Immigrants (PDF Presentation 1)
Working with Immigrants (PDF Presentation 2)
Immigration Terminology for Educators & Service Providers (PDF)
Undocumented Led Resources (PDF)

English as a Second Language Learners:
ESL Lesson Planning (PDF)
ESL Teaching Techniques (PDF)


The next CVT will be held at the Seattle Central Library on Saturday, October 14. Details coming soon.

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