RALC’s programs aren’t possible without the amazing dedication of our volunteers. More than 200 community members give their time as volunteer ESL teachers, office staff, translators and special event volunteers. As such, new volunteers are always needed, as our programs continue to expand.

 Volunteer ESL Teachers

spring valley classAll Richardson Adult Literacy Center classes are led by trained volunteer teachers who come from all walks of life, most of whom have had no prior teaching experience nor speak another language. The most important trait needed to become a volunteer teacher is a passion for helping others learn English.

Teacher training and optional observation opportunities are provided by RALC before teachers are placed with students or a class. Training provides teachers with the tools needed and covers many areas to help guide you to a rewarding experience of teaching adult English language learners.

ESL (English as a Second Language) classes are “English immersion”; teachers do not need to know a language other than English. Classes occur twice a week, with both daytime and evening opportunities available.  These classes are highly interactive and help to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Volunteer ESL teachers teach a two-hour class once or twice a week, daytime or evening, depending on their preference:

Daytime Classes:
Weekdays, generally between 8:00am – 3:00pm (days and times vary, based on level and location)

Evening Classes:
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm – Richardson High School

A substitute list is available for teachers who travel or have other occasional commitments that would conflict with their teaching time.

Teacher Training Options

We offer two options for new teacher training:


Teacher Training Workshops are scheduled twice a year (January and August) and provide an opportunity to complete all training in one day. The workshops are held on a Saturday in Richardson.

The next workshop will be Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 9:00am – 2:30pm.

Click here to sign-up to be a volunteer ESL teacher.


This is an option for those who aren’t able to attend a teacher training workshop or would like to get started sooner. With this option, the new teacher:

  • Reads a 40-page Teacher Resource Guide
  • Takes two free one-hour online courses
  • Views online curriculum presentations
  • Participates in a wrap-up session with a teacher trainer

Click here to sign-up to be a volunteer ESL teacher.

Want to find out more about being a volunteer ESL teacher? Visit our FAQ page.

Office Volunteers

Opportunities are available to assist in the RALC office on a regular basis. Duties include answering the phone, preparing student materials and assisting with general administrative work. Shifts are typically two hours once a week.

Email Sara Bramlett at director@ralc.org if you are interested in being an office volunteer.

Special Event Volunteers

Special event volunteers assist RALC by working at student registration events and various fundraising events, as their schedules allow. Emails are sent to this group as needs arise.

Email Sara Bramlett at director@ralc.org if you are interested in being a special event volunteer.