Apply now! Applications reopened for Arabic and Italian. Deadline September 1.
About Language Conversation Partners
Language Conversation Partners (LCPs) are Stanford students who meet with language students during one-to-one appointments to practice conversation in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, or Spanish. They are selected in a competitive process each Winter Quarter for the following academic year. We give priority to undergraduates but will also consider applications from graduate students. (If you want to tutor subjects, visit Become a Subject Tutor.)
What You’ll Do
Get trained to be an LCP
New LCPs must attend one evening of mandatory training the Friday evening of the first week of classes: Friday, September 29, 2017, 5-8 p.m. Dinner will be provided. (LCPs do not enroll in VPTL 120, the subject tutor training course.)
Post at least five hours per week of availability in our scheduling system. Students will make one-to-one appointments with you to practice speaking your language. Scheduling of appointments begin each quarter on the first Sunday after classes commence (in other words, the beginning of week two) and end on the last day of classes. At the beginning of each quarter, make a short (paid) visit to each class you support to introduce yourself.
Language conversation appointments consist primarily of oral conversation practice. You wouldn't be going over grammar or helping with homework.
All LCPs attend group meetings, typically once or twice per quarter, as scheduled by the Associate Director. They also meet individually with the Associate Director as needed.
What You’ll Get
- Professional development: Become a responsible, responsive, resourceful employee.
- Appreciation from your students
- Competitive pay: Starting pay for undergrad LCPs in 2017-18 will be $17.00 per hour; for graduate student LCPs, $28.00 per hour. Continuting tutors and LCPs make an additional $1 per year (3 full quarters) of service.
- Be a matriculated Stanford undergraduate or graduate student at the time of application (sorry, but incoming students aren't eligible to apply). Priority is given to undergraduates, though the position is also open to graduate students.
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- A strong commitment to helping peers learn
- Outstanding interpersonal skills, time management, and attention to detail
- Fluency in the target language: candidates must pass an oral proficiency interview (OPI) with the Stanford Language Center, demonstrating ability to practice conversation with students enrolled in at least the first two years of coursework in the target language.
- Online application and essay.
- Official transcript: Upload to the online application form.
- Resume or CV: Upload to the online application form.
- Completed LCP recommendation form [Stanford login required] by a Stanford instructor or teaching assistant who instructs the language you want to teach. (This form is not required if your fluency is so high that you haven't taken language courses at Stanford.) Send this link to your recommender: https://web.stanford.edu/dept/undergrad/webforms/CTL/secure/LCPRec.fb
If you pass the group interview stage, you must also go through a language proficiency interview at the Language Center in the language(s) you wish to tutor.