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Volunteer Tutor for Chat Mates Program

Position Activity: ESL / Language Support

1-2 hours / Weekly
minimum 3 months commitment
1723- 40 St. SE, 3820 – 32 Street NE , Calgary, AB, T2A 7Y3 [Map]
Suitability: Adult

Sometimes learning English in the classroom is not enough.  Chat mates provides opportunities for CIES students who are just learning the language to practice with a fluent speaker from the community.  As a Chat Mates tutor, you will provide topical conversation sessions to a new Canadian eager to gain knowledge about his or her new home for at least one hour per week.  These tutorials can be structured lessons, freer conversations, or something in-between, based on what you have agreed upon with the student.


As a Chat Mates tutor, we ask you to commit to a regular, weekly schedule (for example, meeting with students for 2 hours every Wednesday starting at 3pm).  We also ask that you take general notes on what you cover during each tutorial on a sheet provided for you. Ultimately, you are responsible for helping open the door to a new community and home by contributing to an essential part of each student’s language development.