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The mission of the University of Washington Educational Outreach English Language Programs is to further the learning of English among speakers of other languages and to promote global understanding.
We would like your help if you are a fluent speaker of English who is interested in meeting and helping international students studying English. This would be a way of gaining experience for future overseas or ESL teaching, fulfilling community service requirements or developing a language/culture exchange. A brief description of the two different types of volunteer opportunities follows. Conversation Exchange Partner: Fluent English speakers are matched with students, based on language exchange interest or by general English practice. Meeting arrangements are made by the participating individuals. In-Class Facilitator: Fluent English speakers come to our conversation, American culture, or academic English classes to assist our English language teachers in providing conversation practice for students. The class sections usually have about 14 students per class from different countries. These students often don't have a chance to practice their English with a fluent speaker. Therefore, we like to offer them this chance in the classroom. Due to the large number of participants, it is important that volunteers be assigned to particular class sections. For both opportunities, we ask volunteers to provide 10 sessions total, or a once per week commitment. At the end of the quarter, volunteers can request a letter documenting his/her work in our program.
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