To be a tutor, you only need to know how to read, speak, write and understand English. We actually prefer that you do not speak with learners in their native language as language acquisition comes easier and quicker when learners are not switching back and forth but are immersed in the language being learned.
You will need to have empathy and patience. Creativity and spontaneity will also be helpful. There may be a time when your student has situation arise that requires a “just in time” lesson such as making a doctor’s appointment or filling out a job application. CCLC staff is available with resources to help you but most tutors enjoy the challenge and are able to put together an impromptu lesson to take advantage of these teachable moments.
Consider your personality, available time, confidence and goals…which opportunity appeals to you?