Students of Chinese, French, Japanese or Spanish at RMIT have the opportunity to add valuable experiences in language mentoring to their CVs.
If you have intermediate or advanced level language skills, or you are a fluent or native speaker of Chinese, French, Japanese or Spanish and studying at RMIT, you might be interested in helping other students of these languages.
Join a language mentoring program at RMIT and be rewarded by the experience!
What is involved in being a mentor?
The language mentoring programs are RMIT LEAD-accredited volunteer programs, for which mentors receive a certificate signed by the Vice-Chancellor, and a record of your contribution on your official academic transcript.
Mentors are required to complete 5 hours of training and a minimum of 15 hours of mentoring over one or two semesters. Training is carried out through RMIT LEAD and with the various language coordinators.
Mentors work with beginning students of the target language for 1–2 hours each week, to assist with their specific language- or study-related difficulties and/or to provide extra practice with the target language.
As mentors, you will be asked to reflect on your learning and experience of the program through a learning journal, and will be required to attend a feedback session to monitor the progress of the program.
What is involved in being a mentee?
Volunteer mentees are asked to commit to attending the weekly mentoring sessions which have been organised with mentors.
You are encouraged to bring along any language or learning problems you are experiencing, together with any homework you require assistance with.
Mentors and mentees will be required to complete a questionnaire at the end of semester for feedback on the mentoring program.
The program will enhance your language learning experience, resulting in increased confidence and motivation. You will discover different learning styles, build networks with other students, learn effective ways to communicate, and share successful language learning strategies.
Recruitment will take place in weeks 1-2 of semester and 4 hours of mentor training will take place in weeks 3-4. The mentoring will take place weekly throughout semester beginning in week 4-5. The 5th hour of training will be held in week 8-9.
“It has been a great experience and thoroughly beneficial …. as well as boosting the confidence in regards to what I have already learnt - the repetition of it all has been priceless.“
“A brilliant initiative with effective outcomes that play as much a role in aiding the mentees, as it allows for personal reflection of knowledge and further education in the mentor.“
“It has helped me to clearly understand the content of the course. The information that was learned in class was successfully backed up by the mentoring.“
“It has improved my grammar rules and motivation to learn.“
“Good for building strong friendships with classmates and creating ’study buddies’.“
“A great way to boost learning.“
- Chinese: Xiaowen Fan on tel. 9925 4402 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- French: Julien Chartier on tel. 9925 0416 or email@example.com
- Japanese: Chie Hama or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Spanish: Ana Maria Ducasse on tel. 9925 9769 or email@example.com
Volunteer – LEAD accredited opportunities
Why volunteer? – Meet people, develop skills, earn recognition