There are many ways to help out and learn from our diverse UVa Community as we work together with individuals hoping to improve their English skills and learn more about American culture. Please read about each of the following positions as you decide which might fit best with your interests and talents.
LANGUAGE CONSULTANTS (LCs)
1 hour weekly meeting on Grounds with conversation partner(s). LCs meet with 1-2 international students, scholars, staff or UVa community members for relaxed English conversation on topics of mutual interest. You may work with students, staff, scholars or their family members.
Commitment for LCs: A total of one hour per week with your partner(s) at a mutually agreed upon time. Native-like proficiency in English is required in order to be a Language Consultant. Otherwise, an interest in getting to know people from other cultures and to share one’s own culture is the only requirement.
CLASSROOM CONSULTANTS (CCs)
Five times throughout the semester, Classroom Consultants participate in ESL courses designed to help international TAs in-training transition into teaching at UVa. Classroom Consultants will observe, interact, and provide feedback on short teaching demonstrations that prospective international TAs will present on materials from their fields of study. For this position, you do NOT have to be a native English-speaker.
This is a great position if you are:
- interested in classroom teaching, consulting, and/or cross-cultural immersion- looking for a small time commitment (5 sessions/semester)- available for all dates on either Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday:
-> TUESDAY evenings from 6:00-8:30 PM: 2/13, 3/13, 4/3, 4/17, 4/24 (4/17 is 7:00-8:30 PM only for "Mock Office Hours")
-> WEDNESDAY evenings from 6:00-8:30 PM: 2/14, 3/14, 4/4, 4/18, 4/25 (4/18 is 7:00-8:30 PM only for "Mock Office Hours")
-> THURSDAY evenings from 6:00-8:30 PM: 2/15, 3/15, 4/5, 4/19, 4/26 (4/19 is 7:00-8:30 PM only for "Mock Office Hours")
**You do not need to have native-like English proficiency to be a Classroom Consultant.
TEACHING CONSULTANTS (TCs)
Observe and work with a new international TA.A few times throughout the semester, Teaching Consultants visit the section of a new international TA who may need some extra support. Volunteers sit in on the class as a student and observe what seems to be going well and what areas the TA could improve upon in the classroom. Teaching Consultants then meet with the international TA to discuss their observations. This position also involves meeting with other TCs and the Program Director to discuss how best to work with each ITA.
Commitment for TCs, Generally 3-4 classroom visits followed by consultations, and 3 volunteer meetings per semester. You can sign up to visit a class that fits your schedule.
Native-like proficiency in English is required in order to be a Teaching Consultant. There are only a few openings for this position.
ESL ASSISTANTS (ESLAs)
Spend an hour a week assisting graduate assistants from other countries as they work on their oral English in CAELC ESL classes. ESLAs will engage in class discussions, contribute knowledge of English usage and slang, and provide helpful feedback as students perform oral presentations.
Commitment for ESLAs - Generally one hour per week.You can sign up for a class that fits your schedule. Most classes are in the evenings, Monday through Thursday. Native-like proficiency in English is required in order to be an ESL Assistant.(Special classes available for Architecture students.)
WORKPLACE ESL ASSISTANTS (Workplace ESLAs)
Spend an hour a week helping somebody learn English and literacy skillsMany UVa service employees are refugees and immigrants who have recently resettled in Charlottesville to make better lives for themselves. VISAS Volunteers have an opportunity to welcome these newcomers and to help them improve their English and literacy skills. Training and supervision are provided for volunteers who meet weekly with learners, individualizing conversations within a larger group workshop setting. Sessions are held during workers’ break time at the UVa Hospital, Observatory Hill Dining Hall, and Newcomb Hall Cafeteria.
O'Hill classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 PM (you can choose to assist one or both days) (1.5 hour total weekly time commitment- you need to arrive by 3:15 and plan to stay until 4:45.)
Newcomb Hall classes Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 PM (1.5 hour total weekly time commitment- you need to arrive by 2:15 and plan to stay until 3:45.)
Hospital sessions are held weekly, at a time scheduled by the volunteer and student. (1.5 hour total weekly time commitment)
Native-like proficiency in English is required in order to be a Workplace ESL Assistant.