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Conversation Partners Employment Opportunities

The Writing Center's Conversation Partners program serves international and ESL students who wish to practice listening and speaking in English. Conversation Partners 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 to Elisabeth Ursell at eursell@temple.edu.

Application deadline: April 18, 2016

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 two weeks of the application deadline, you may email Liz at eursell@temple.edu to inquire about your application status.

Interested in volunteering? 

At this time, we accept the following volunteers:

  • alumni and staff
  • students currently enrolled in TESOL courses that require fieldwork
  • graduate students conducting research
All other volunteers must inquire with Liz at eursell@temple.edu and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter stating why you are interested in volunteering with us to eursell@temple.edu (paper applications will not be accepted). Send your materials no later than July 15th for the fall semesters and November 15th for the spring semesters.

Volunteering Opportunities:

One-on-one sessions with English Language Learners: Open to students conducting fieldwork and research.  Please note that volunteers participating in this capacity will need to undergo the same  training as our staff and must follow the same policies and procedures.

Events: Our monthly events 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 can be found on our Events webpage.

Foreign Language Practice: Occasionally, we match students and alumni looking for foreign language practice with international students who are learning English. These are called language exchanges, and they typically involve spending half of a session speaking in the language you are learning, and the other half speaking in English. If interested, email Liz at eursell@temple.edu indicating what language you’d like to practice. Please note that matching language partners takes time, and that depending on the language, a placement might not be available. In order for a language exchange to work well, we recommend that participants be at least conversational in the target language.

Students currently enrolled in 1000 and 2000-level classes in Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic can meet with a Conversation Partner by going to our online scheduler and selecting a language from the drop-down menu.