Language Chat Facilitators lead informal conversations in a specified language among small groups of interested students. Facilitators commit to a scheduled weekly or biweekly meeting time and are responsible for leading the chats for the entire semester.
We recruit facilitators at the beginning of each semester. Interested in volunteering? Let us know!
Leading a language chat is a great way to practice facilitating discussion and gain hands-on experience with language learning. It is also a great opportunity to meet people from other schools with similar interests and explore the language and culture together!
Facilitators are provided with resources and guidance to help them create an environment for informal learning, linguistic conversation, and cultural exchange.
Requirements and Expectations
Language facilitators should have native or advanced, near-native fluency in the chosen language. Once the facilitator makes a commitment to a scheduled time and day for the semester, he or she is responsible for the chat for the whole semester.
Since these are informal sessions, the chat facilitators are not required to prepare lesson plans. However, especially if most chat participants have beginner-level proficiency, we encourage the facilitator to brainstorm some topics for each session as well as key phrases or idioms that might be covered in a first year language course.
Language chats run once a week or once every other week depending on the facilitator's availability. Each session lasts for one hour. If a conflict arises, facilitators are responsible to contact us at least one week in advance so we can notify participants and/or make alternative arrangements.