Language Partner

Opportunity ID: 105

Organization Details
Organization Name: English Language Centre, University of Manitoba
Address: 520 University Centre
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
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Organizational Description: The ELC offers academic English courses and programs to prepare students for university study as well as to assist students already in academic study at The University of Manitoba. The ELC is accredited by Languages Canada. All instructors of the ELC have completed graduate work in the area of Teaching English as a Second Language and are experienced in teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: The English Language Centre's Intensive Academic English Program (IAEP) at the University of Manitoba prepares international students who meet the academic admission criteria but not the English language proficiency requirements, to study in a degree program at the U of M.

Are you outgoing, friendly and interested in meeting people from different cultures? ... then we have the program for you!

The Language Partner Volunteer Program matches volunteers with IAEP students to help them practice their informal listening and speaking skills. Volunteers also provide information to the students about adapting to Canadian culture in a friendly and casual setting.

How does the program work?

Volunteers can negotiate their own schedule of when to meet.Volunteers must be willing and able to travel to meet their mentee, which is typically at the Fort Garry Campus of the University of Manitoba.

Volunteering is easy and open to students, alumni, staff and members of the community.

As a partner, you will:

-share your culture with an international student,
-learn about another culture
-meet new people and make friends,
-practice cross-cultural communication,
-enhance your resumé with this experience, and
-get recognition on your Co-Curricular Record (for U of M students).
-Reference letters are available for volunteers who commit to two terms or more.
Skills Required: To participate, you must:

-be 18 years or older
-be fluent in both written and spoken English.
-commit to volunteer for a minimum of 7 hours in a term (approx. 1 hour per week),
-manage your schedule to find a time and place to meet on or near the Fort Garry campus,
-always meet in a public place,
-be able to travel to meet your student, at least to Fort Garry Campus
-have lived in Winnipeg for at least two years, and/or Canada for five years to have knowledge of the city, resources and culture, and
Skills Gained/Related Careers: Tutoring, mentoring, teaching EAL. Cross-cultural communication. Languages & Culture.
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Daytime, Evening, Weekend
Must be able to meet students outside of class time (students are in class from 8:30-2:30 or 11:30-5:30 Monday-to-Friday). Availability is typically during the afternoons, evenings or weekends.
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Are fulfilling volunteer hours for credit
Speaks French
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Training/Orientation
How to Apply: Email: elclanguagepartners@umanitoba.ca
Online: umanitoba.ca/student/elc/languagepartners/
Closing Date: Apr 30, 2019
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