The Conversation Club 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. The Conversation Club Program is hosted by the UH Language and Culture Center (LCC) and is a great opportunity for students interested in applying for a Fulbright ETA.
For Spring 2017, the program will be offered as follows:
February 7, 2017 - April 7, 2017
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Applications will be accepted in a rolling basis.
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 Intensive English Program (English as a Second Language; ESL) program at the LCC on the UH campus. Students’ English proficiency can range from beginner to advanced. During Conversation Club, guides facilitate conversation about a designated topic among the students at their tables. 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 assist with on-campus excursions and social and educational events outside of regular club hours.
How do I apply?
You should apply only if you are available from 12:00-2:00 pm MWF the semester you would like to apply for. There are no exceptions to the schedule. You may be asked to take part in some social/learning activities outside of the club hours as your schedule permits. Guide positions will be filled on a rolling basis as qualified candidates are interviewed and selected. Applicants are encouraged to apply before the priority deadline. Applications will be reviewed until all positions have been filled. Interested applicants must follow these instructions:
Is the Guide position paid?
If you are selected as a Guide, you will be hired by the Language and Culture Center (LCC). The position will be paid hourly, and the expected time commitment is about 5-10 hours per week (this includes 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. This is not a work-study position.
To learn more about the Fulbright Program, visit the UH Fulbright website.