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Volunteer ESL Conversation Partner

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Recruiting Organization: Canal Alliance - Marin, California

ESL Program: mission and objective Our ESL Program integrates relevant teaching practices in grammar, writing, listening-speaking, and reading in an inclusive environment that develops students’ language as well as the cultural awareness that they will need to thrive. Through the lens of empowering the whole person, the ESL program complements the wraparound services Canal Alliance provides so that very low-income, adult immigrants can improve their access to education, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities to ultimately get on the pathway out of poverty.

Canal Alliance’s ESL Program prepares Latino immigrants to feel empowered, supported, and motivated to lift barriers to their success through a communicative language framework alongside strengths-based learning.

ESL Tutoring and Conversation Partners: mission and objective

Canal Alliance’s ESL Tutoring & Conversation Partner program aims to improve students’ academic progress and improvement in all four skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing through one-on-one sessions with tutors and conversation partners who are culturally responsive, responsible, and dynamic. Students are at the center of this program and their needs will guide what is worked on and covered during tutoring and conversation partner sessions.

Program dates
  • 2022 Summer trimester dates: May 16, 2022 - August 18, 2022
  • Conversation partners assist in one 1-hour session per week via Zoom in addition to 30 minutes prep and 10 minutes to document conversation partner session

  • Provide a nurturing, supportive, and positive learning environment with high expectations for students
  • Build positive and respectful relationship(s) with student(s)
  • Motivate student(s) to continue with their ESL class
  • Help student(s) review material they have covered in class and complete assigned homework
  • Help student(s) improve their speaking and listening skills
  • Communicate with the conversation supervisor by submitting conversation partner notes after each session
  • Communicate with the conversation partner supervisor if the student(s) need additional help or services by submitting the Wrap-Around Services Referral
  • Respect and follow program policies and Adult Ed. staff instructions
  • Prepare and deliver lessons in line with communicative language and culturally responsive teaching
  • Understand and scaffold materials for students who have limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE)
  • Respond promptly to communications from teacher, team, and staff
  • Follow through trimester commitment unless work schedule changes or an unforeseen emergency arises
  • Attend required orientation and professional development
  • Watch and complete required videos and questionnaires

Skills and attributes
  • Culturally responsive, culturally humble, committed, and respectful
  • Friendly, outgoing, calm, patient and attentive with student(s)
  • Can interact with people of all ages and ethnicities
  • Ability to explain vocabulary and grammar in ways that student(s) understand
  • Ability to identify areas that need extra support, and adjust teaching to meet student(s) need(s)
  • Ability to function with minimal supervision and follow guidelines
  • Ability to effectively communicate information to the tutor supervisor
  • Ability to build positive relationships with student(s), staff, and other volunteers
  • Ability to work with people of varied cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Ability to look for outside resources using the internet
  • Knowledge of ESL content (training will be provided)
  • Knowledge of Zoom, WhatsApp, text message, required
  • Knowledge of Spanish helpful, but not required
  • Flexibility with schedule, preferred

  • Alignment with Canal Alliance’s mission and adult education program goals
  • Commitment to assist in at least one 1-hour conversation partner session per week*
  • Commitment to assist for at least one full trimester, with minimal absences, and attempt to arrange a make-up session if missing a session*
  • Experience using Zoom, or participation in technical training. Must be able to:
  • download and navigate digital textbook
  • access documents provided by the teacher (pdfs, videos, digital textbook)
  • share screen (including video and sound)
  • annotate shared documents
  • use the Zoom whiteboard
  • use the chat function
  • Training on these functions will be provided, but after the training, any further questions about Zoom will need to be researched by the individual aide, because staff resources need to go to student support.
  • Experience in teaching or tutoring
  • Reliable internet and access to a computer/phone with a camera
  • Attendance and completion of required training and modules (all will be online via Zoom)

Stipend ProvidedFalse

Training ProvidedFalse

Housing AvailableFalse

Language/Cultral Support AvailableFalse

Wheelchair AccessibleFalse

Fee RequiredFalse

Fee Amount: None

This opportunity is recurringFalse

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