Students & Alumni: Cross Cultural Training
Cross-Cultural Training through the LCC Conversation Club Program
The Conversation Club Program is a partnership between UH Fulbright and the Language and Culture Center (LCC). The program provides UH students an opportunity to learn and practice cross-cultural pedagogy and work in small conversation groups with international (English-as-a-Second-Language; ESL) students on the UH Campus.
For Spring 2014, the program will be offered as follows:
January 27, 2014 - April 4, 2014
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
What are the benefits of being a Guide?
- Develop your cross-cultural awareness and understanding of pedagogy
- Gain teaching experience that strengthens your resume, applications, and skill set
- Receive personalized guidance with your Fulbright application and counseling about careers in ESL
- Learn about other cultures
- Make friends and have fun!
Who should apply?
The program is ideal for UH students who are 1) considering applying for a Fulbright grant or seeking to teach English abroad, 2) have recently studied abroad or have plans to go abroad, and 3) students who are interested in pursuing careers with a global or international component.
What do Guide responsibilities include?
As a guide, you will be serving as the conversation table host for ESL students from different countries who are enrolled in the English as a Second Language program at the LCC on the UH campus. During the Conversation Club, each guide will host a table with students at a particular level of proficiency from Level 1 (beginner) to Level 6 (Advanced). The purpose of the program is to provide LCC (ESL) students the opportunity to practice their English conversation skills while sharing their culture and learning about American Culture. Training, materials and session topics/talking points will be provided to you. There will also be opportunities for you to guide your students during on-campus walkabouts and social/learning events outside of the club hours. View Sample Schedule and List of Topics (.pdf)
How do I apply?Guide applications are being accepted. You should apply only if you are available from 12:00-2:00pm MWF next semester. There are no exceptions to the schedule. You will also be expected to also take part in some social/learning activities with your students outside of the Club hours as your schedule permits. There are six Guide positions available for next semester. They will be filled on a rolling basis as qualified candidates are interviewed and selected. Priority application deadline is Friday, December 13, 2013. Earlier submission is encouraged. Applications will be reviewed until all positions have been filled. Interested applicants must follow these instructions:
- Download and Complete the
Conversation Club Guide Application (.doc)
- Submit your Resume and your unofficial transcript (copy and paste from your myUH account)
- Email application, resume, and unofficial transcript to Anna Hood at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Use subject line: “LCC Guide Application – first last name”
Is the Guide position paid?
If you are selected as a Guide, you will be hired by the Language and Culture Center (LCC) and earn approximately $200-$300 depending on the number of hours that you work. The position will be paid $10/hr and your expected time commitment would be about 5-10 hours per week (this includes the 2-3 hours of student contact time per week plus 2 hrs/week for preparation and includes time attending training. Note: If you are currently working on campus, you may hold more than one campus job, but the combined total hours worked for all jobs cannot exceed 20 hours.
To learn more about the Fulbright Program, visit the UH Fulbright website.