"A lot of my teaching over there was training teachers of English," he said. "I worked for a couple of companies training their employees."
He has learned a few things about how best to improve reading skills. First, students must meet his enthusiasm with some of their own, while having some clear goals in mind.
"You have to find out: What is their goal? Why are they coming to us? What is it they want to achieve?"
It also helps to have students read what interests them, he said.
"If you don't, you lose interest very, very quickly in it. You need to read material that's at an appropriate level for you. You can't go running to the dictionary three times every sentence."
Hutchinson recalled the very first student he tutored as a literacy volunteer.
"The only thing he was really interested in in the newspaper were the police reports -- so that's what we read."
Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha County training
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. March 5, 7, 8, 12, 14 and 15
WHERE: Room 403, Education Building, First Presbyterian Church, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston
INFO: Register at 304-343-7323 or visit www.literacyvolunteerskc.org
Reach Douglas Imbrogno at doug...@cnpapers.com or 304-348-3017.