Prospective Mentors

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Interested in becoming a mentor for a language cluster of the Language House?

What is a language mentor?

Language Mentors are native speakers that lead one of our ten language clusters. Mentors foster linguistic and cultural learning and immersion and engage cluster students in their community through various culturally-relevant activities. Mentors are supported in this work by the Language House administration and SLLC faculty.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Encouraging and promoting interaction in the target language. Mentors should speak in the target language at all times.
  • Monitoring the students' progress in the target language; mentors should spend time with each of the students on a regular basis.
  • Planning and implementing a range of interactive activities that will engage students both linguistically and culturally. Some examples of such activities are: events with faculty and students from countries that speak the target language, cooking events, museum visits, lectures, game nights, study breaks, film screenings and discussions, etc.
  • Communicating linguistic progress and providing bi-weekly updates on cluster activities with the director of the Language House.
  • Participating in professional development, including leadership training, as well as Language House-wide events.
  • Working with the faculty liaison and your language program.
  • Assisting in the recruitment and retention of students in the cluster by attending recruitment events and conducting classroom visits.

Benefits Include:

  • $16/hour salary (Hours range from 7-14/week based on the size of the cluster).
  • Monthly professional development opportunities for developing leadership, mentoring, and communication skills.
  • Gain experience and skills in linguistic and cultural teaching.
  • Build your résumé or CV.
  • Develop relationships with university faculty.
  • Become part of a vibrant, supportive, and helpful community of faculty and staff.
Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

♠ = Required Qualification

  • Native or near-native speaker of the desired cluster's target language. ♠
  • Be organized, creative, and motivated. 
  • Able to work with diverse people. 
  • Have teaching or leadership experience.
  • Interested in living in St. Mary's Hall.
  • For international graduate students: able to work on campus. ♠
How Can I Apply to Become a Language House Mentor? 

The application is accessible here.

The Application Involves:

Completing an initial application, including an essay in English and two references who can attest to your leadership. Successful applications will then be contacted to schedule an interview with the director.

Application Deadline:

The application is always open. We hire new mentors on an as-needed basis.

Current needs include: Arabic, French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish

For additional information or questions

Please contact the Language House Immersion Program Director by phone at (301) 405-6996 or by email at mmatar@umd.edu.

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