Check out our new promotional video made by our former intern, Allison!
The pre-registration form for volunteers and participants are now available online
Please fill it out if you want to be a volunteer or participant in the ESOL program for Fall 2014 term.
Participant (want to take part in ESOL conversation sessions) pre-registration form - http://studentvoice.com/uom-cp/esolparticipantfall14
Volunteer (want to lead ESOL conversation sessions) pre-registration form - http://studentvoice.com/mary/esolvolunteerfall14
The ESOL Program for the Fall 2014 Semester will be starting very soon!
To become a volunteer (lead conversation sessions) or become a participant (take part in conversation sessions) you must do two things first:
- fill out an online pre-registration form (which will be available by Thursday, 8/28 this week and I will post the link on the blog)
- attend an information session
VOLUNTEER information/orientation sessions dates and times:
Monday, Sept. 8th - 9:15 am - 10:45 am (Tawes Fine Art Building room 0221)
Wednesday, Sept. 10th - 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm (Art-Sociology Building room 3211)
Thursday, Sept. 11th - 5:45- 7:15 pm (Tydings Hall room 1118)
Friday, Sept. 12th - 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm (Tydings Hall room 0117)
PARTICIPANT information/orientation session dates and times
Monday, Sept. 15 - 12:15-1:45 pm in Tydings Hall Room 2111
Wednesday, Sept. 17 - 3:15- 4:45 pm in Tydings Hall Room 0117
Thursday, Sept. 18th - 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm in Francis Scott Key Building Room 0103
Friday, Sept. 19 - 1:15 -2:45 pm in Tydings Hall Room 0117
If you can't come to one of the sessions, please let me know and we can arrange a time to meet in my office. If you want to be a participant or a volunteer in the ESOL program in the Fall 2014 Term, you must attend an information session or meet with me.
Our Spring 2014 ESOL Program Newsletter has been published!
It includes a report about the program this past semester from the coordinator, reflections from participants and volunteers about their experiences in the ESOL program, a report on the activities of the ESOL social planning committee , coordinator responses to participant and volunteer comments made for the program evaluation and pictures of the conversation sessions, participants and volunteers!
Thank you to all those who contributed and our intern Aggie for putting the newsletter together!
The Learning Assistance Service (LAS) of the University Counseling Center is looking for a few well organized and self-motivated individuals to meaningfully assist the LAS ESOL conversation program during the 2014-15 academic year.
The UMD ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Conversation Program is a community that specifically aims to bring students and community members from diverse cultures together through authentic language learning/teaching, cultural exchange, social activities, and a passion for multiculturalism.
- UMD Students who are or will be education majors, interested in/ experienced with TESOL, and/or international cultural exchanges are strongly preferred.
- The internship would be up to 10-15 hours a week for academic credit.
- Interns will take on program administrative, outreach, communication/advertising and social event planning responsibilities.
If you are interested, send a resume and a brief cover letter to the coordinator Adam Lax at umdesol(at)gmail.com.
Also, you can check out our website http://www.counseling.umd.edu/LAS/html/esolconvprog.html to learn more about our program.
Come out to McKeldin Mall on Sunday, May 4, for outdoor fun and games! ESOL will provide sports equipment (volleyballs, soccer balls and frisbees) for your use, but feel free to bring any personal sports gear that you might have!
If you wish to bring your kids: we will plan a water balloon toss for both parents, students and kids to participate! You can also come for hand games or group games that do not require any sports activity. All planned activities will end at 4:30 p.m. but you are welcomed to stay or leave as you please.
*If it rains, we will move our event indoors into Stamp's Baltimore Room (the back room on the ground floor, nearby where the eatery is). We will then plan games like Mafia or cards altogether.
The social planning committee will have its first meeting on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. (location TBD). The committee will plan its first event of the semester--possibly a St. Patrick's Day party--and gather ideas for other events to have throughout the spring. Committee members will also decide on a time and place to meet every month, so it is pertinent that you email Allison (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your weekly availability if you cannot make it to the meeting but would like to join the team. If you plan on coming, please contact Allison as well.
The ESOL Social Planning Committee is calling for new members to help make this season more fun and enriching for our participants. We've often heard our volunteers and participants ask for a way to become acquainted with members outside their immediate partner pairings or groups. And so, ESOL would like to have a group of its volunteers faithfully meet these demands by meeting together once a month and planning events where participants can simply have fun or find opportunities to explore the larger DC-College park area.
As a part of this committee, individuals would be held responsible for:
If you are interested in joining this team, please contact intern Allison Lee at email@example.com by Wednesday, February 12.
two registration sessions have been added
- VOLUNTEER registration session - Thursday 2/6- 11:15 am - 12:45 pm - Kim Engineering building room 1200
- PARTICIPANT registration session- Thursday 2/13- 11:15 am - 12:45 pm- Kim Engineering Building room 1200
Also the volunteer sessions will all be open to returning or new volunteers
We have had some scheduling issues for the registration sessions in February and had to change the dates for the registration dates. Here are the confirmed registration session dates and times for volunteers and participants.
For volunteers, certain sessions are geared to returning or new volunteers. New volunteers can come to a session for returning volunteers and vice versa but we strongly encourage you not to do this.
Anyone who wants to be a volunteer or participant for the Spring 2014 term must come to a registration session or meet with the coordinator in his office. If you can't make any of these times for volunteer or participation sessions, please contact the coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org and schedule a time to meet with him in his office.
- Monday, February 3rd- 9:15 am - 10:45 am (Tydings Hall 1102)
- Wednesday, February 5th- 4:15 - 5:45 pm (Tydings Hall 1102)
- Monday, February 10th - 12:15- 1:45 pm (Tydings Hall 1102)
- Wednesday - February 12th - 3:15- 4:45 pm (Frances Scott Key Building 0102)
- Friday - February 14th- 12:15- 1:45 pm (Tydings Hall 1102)