English Language Conversation Leader

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Position Title: English Language Conversation Leader

Branch: Several Branches

Department: Information

Supervisor: Information Staff

Length of Commitment: 1 year

Time Involvement: 2 hours per week minimum

Position Summary:
Participates in an English Language Learners Conversation Group. Converses with people who sign up for, or attend as walk-ins, an informal program for practising English skills. May speak with one person or a small group. Group attendance may range from 2 - 15 people. This is not teaching English, but providing practice for ELL students outside the classroom, or for anyone who seeks an opportunity to improve English skills through conversation.

Major Responsibilities:
Leads a conversation one-on-one or with a small group, listening attentively, helping individuals to pronounce words and create phrases, sentences, etc., and asking questions.

Finds comfortable ways for individuals to practice, based on their skills and interests. For example, having the individual read aloud to you, reading a newspaper together, discussing material the person brings in, choosing themes of shared interest to the group. May work with Library staff to select materials to facilitate or supplement conversations.

Keeps staff informed of the progress of the group.

Minimum age of 18. Available at least twice a month. Ability to speak English with little or no accent. Must enjoy meeting and talking with people, have good interpersonal skills, and be able to adapt to changing needs. Ability to facilitate a discussion.

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