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Conversation Partners Employment Opportunities

The Writing Center has openings in our Conversation Partners program, which serves international and ESL students who wish to practice listening and speaking in English. We are seeking to hire 10 Conversation Partners who will meet one-on-one with language learners to provide friendly conversation and informal language teaching. Ideal candidates will have experience living, working, or studying abroad; interest and/or experience in language teaching and learning about other cultures; current or recent enrollment in a language-related course.

Conversation partners will have regularly scheduled shifts of 5-15 hours per week at a rate of $10/hour. If you are interested in applying, you should send your resume (or CV), a cover letter, and three professional references (contact information only) to Elisabeth Ursell at eursell@temple.edu.

Your cover letter should tell us, briefly, a little about you--your academic interests; your experiences with languages and international cultures. Please also tell us what interests you about working with the Conversation Partners program

Your references should include contact information for three people (recommendation letters are not required). These references should be either faculty who know your academic skills, general engagement in international cultures and ability to work with peers, or current/previous employers who can speak to your strengths as an employee. A combination of both would be ideal.


Application materials should be emailed, sent, or delivered to:
Elisabeth Ursell (eursell@temple.edu)
201 Tuttleman Learning Center (008-00)
1809 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Application deadline for Spring 2015: Monday, December 1st, 2014

If you have questions about applying, please email or call Elisabeth Ursell at (215) 204-1071 or eursell@temple.edu.

Please note that due to the large number of applicants we typically receive, not every applicant will be contacted for an interview. If you do not hear back from us within a week of the application deadline, you may email Liz at eursell@temple.edu to inquire about your application status.

Interested in volunteering? Please note that volunteering opportunities are granted on a case by case basis.

At this time, volunteers are permitted to participate in Conversation Partners only in the following capacities. Please note that we do not accept volunteers for writing tutoring.

Opportunities Open to Temple alumni and all Temple students

The Temple community is encouraged to volunteer in the following capacities:

Our Meet and Greet events. Meet and Greets provide an opportunity for international and IELP students to chat with alumni, volunteers, and our staff in a larger group setting while enjoying games and food. More information on dates and times of Meet and Greets can be found here (link to schedule).

Language Exchanges (coming soon!): Starting Fall 2014, we will be offering language exchanges for the following languages: Mandarin-English, Korean-English, and Arabic-English. If interested, email Liz at eursell@temple.edu indicating what language you’d like to practice.

Undergraduate Volunteers: Please note that we do not permit undergraduate students to volunteer as one-on-one Conversation Partners for logistical reasons.

Graduate Student Volunteers:

Unfortunately, we are unable to hire graduate students for paid positions. However, they are welcome to volunteer for one-on-one standing appointments with English Language Learners. If interested, please contact Liz and submit a resume and cover letter stating why you are interested in volunteering with us. Send your materials no later than July 15th for the fall semesters and November 15th for the spring semesters.

Please note that most graduate students will need to undergo the same interview process and training as our staff and must follow the same policies and procedures. We ask that graduate volunteers commit to one hour per week for a semester.