Tutoring for adults who want to improve reading, writing, speaking, and other skills

Archway Access2English

The Access2English program matches trained community volunteers with adults who want to improve their reading, writing, speaking, computer or math skills, but who are unable to access literacy or ESL classes or programs.

We also assist learners who need to upgrade their skills to enter employment training, prepare for English proficiency testing (CELPIP, IELTS) to meet eligibility requirements for permanent residency or want help with high school completion.

This free program typically runs from September to June, but intake is continuous, so interested learners can complete an application and then we’lll arrange an assessment appointment.

Learners include adults (18+) whose native language is English as well as immigrants and newcomers for whom English is an additional language. People temporarily visiting Canada are not eligible to access our services.

Volunteers and learners arrange to get together at convenient locations in the community for up to four hours every week to work on meeting literacy goals set by the learner for improved quality of life, employment, or self-sufficiency. Small group learning situations are also possible if learners in the group have similar skill sets.

Who We Help

  • Learners must be 18 and over
  • Any immigration status eligible, except visitors, including Canadian-born

To Access Access2English

  • Email or drop off your completed application form at the office with a copy of your immigration document.
  • We will then call you with an assessment appointment date and time.
  • There is no referral needed. 
  • Please be aware that there is usually a wait list
  • Tutoring is free however there are some fee-for-service options available

Sign Up to Volunteer

If you love learning and teaching others you can volunteer as a tutor.

While formal qualifications are not necessary, this program is ideal for people wanting to become teachers, and current or retired educators.

Training for new volunteers occurs throughout the year.

“Diane is an outstanding enthusiastic, hard working and resourceful teacher. I feel more confident in writing and reading as she really pushed me in a positive way to improve my skills.

I am so fortunate and thankful to the program and my instructor for providing me the motivation and a comfortable environment to learn.”


Did You Know?

Archway has provided services for newcomers for almost 50 years. 

“Everyone just wants to communicate.”


Read about Sharon's experience tutoring

Contact Info

Hours of Operation

8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Monday – Thursday

Evening appointments available


Archway Community Services
101-31943 South Fraser Way
Abbotsford V2T 1V5

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