The Tutoring Program

The Tutoring Program an initiative of CVIJOBS/The Career Centre, offers free tutoring for adults over 18 who want to improve their literacy skills, work on their math, acquire basic  computer knowledge or study English as a Second Language.   Applicants’ needs are assessed and they are then matched with appropriate tutors.  Tutoring sessions involve one-on-one instruction; the scheduling is decided by the learner and tutor.  Tutoring space and resources are provided by the Program. 
All the volunteer tutors are members of the Oceanside community, dedicating time and energy to carry out the important work of tutoring. All tutors are first screened and complete a tutor training course before being matched with a student. The essential requirements for volunteering are a sound understanding of English, or math, or computer skills, and a willingness to help. 
 This long-running Program has trained 1000+ tutors and helped over 2000 learners since it’s inception in 1989.  PQALS is committed to help and proud to further support this invaluable service for our community. 

The Tutoring Program ESL Conversation and Grammar Groups


The Friday drop-in conversation group meets at 12:30 pm,  in the Career Centre -198 East Island Hwy. The English grammar group meets Wednesday evenings at 6:30 in the same location. The very welcoming friendly groups are facilitated by a team of dedicated volunteers tutors, led by Barb Delgatty, a highly experienced ESL teacher. The groups are free for all Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and TFWs over the age of 19, but please register with the Tutoring Program before attending. Contact or call 250-248-3205 

PQALS is pleased to support this great service by providing necessary learning materials and resources. 

Tutor Talks

PQALS organizes  Tutor Talks sessions five times annually,  providing an opportunity for volunteer tutors to explore tutoring-related topics in greater depth. Tutors with expertise to share, or knowledgeable  people from the community are welcome  to present  to the group.  

Upcoming  Tutor Talks: April 12, 2024, 10:00-11:30 am  at #327-198 East Island Hwy, Parksville BC 

To register please contact 

An Introduction to Dyslexia: with guest speaker Kathy Rollheiser

Kathy Rollheiser will be giving an introduction to dyslexia and thoughts on tutoring adults with dyslexia.  She has much experience in this area as  a former Literacy Links instructor with Headwaters Learning Foundation in Calgary.

Dyslexia is a common learning disability affecting over 10% of learners. Some adult learners, even ESL  students, coming to the Tutoring Program may be struggling with some level of this disability.  Learning how dyslexia manifests and ways to address it will help make tutoring more effective.