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Peer Mentors


What does an ESL Peer Mentor Do?

  • Assist in ESL conversation groups
  • Assist the counselors and faculty teaching ESL courses and within the Intensive ESL program
  • Be available on Fridays to sit in on SD-10 and SD-11 courses that are part of the intensive ESL program
  • Overall, assess the educational/ adjustment needs of your mentees (i.e. reading/ writing difficulties, understanding class materials, helping your students with study skills during midterms, etc.)
  • Serve as a role model to students and the college community
  • Discuss opportunities and campus resources that are available to them
  • Help your ESL freshmen understand topics covered in the SD-10 and SD-11 class such as time management, stress management, registration, choosing a career and much more
  • Assist ESL students and counselors during registration and at freshman orientation

What are the requirements for becoming an ESL peer mentor?

  • Work at least 5-8 hours per week
  • Sit in at least one section of SD-10 and SD-11 weekly throughout the semester.
  • Attend 2 mandatory training sessions
  • Have successfully completed at least one semester of the Intensive ESL program
  • Have a 3.0 overall GPA and demonstrate the following: professionalism, good communication skills, strong sense of responsibility, and desire to help others
  • Be comfortable speaking in front of a classroom and sharing your experiences with new students

What are the responsibilities of an ESL peer mentor?

  • Assist in ESL Conversation Groups
  • Assist SD professors in their classes with various class-related activities (e.g. lead various types of discussions)
  • Participate in ESL class visits/presentations, ESL class advisement/registration sessions, workshops, fairs, and outreach projects
  • Participate in researching literature (in conjunction with ESL counselors)  and website resources as part of the projects initiatives
  • Be in contact throughout the semester with a small group (designated ESL class) of ESL freshman students
  • Asses the educational,/adjustment needs of your mentees (e.g. reading/writing difficulties, understanding materials, computer skill related issues)
  • Serve as a role model to the students and the college community
  • Discuss opportunities and campus resources that are available to the ESL community
  • Assist ESL freshman understand topics covered in the SD10-11 class such as time management, registration, stress management, choosing  a career and more
  • Must attend supervision on a weekly basis

 How will becoming an ESL peer mentor benefit you?

  • It provides you with excellent experience speaking and presenting in front of groups of students
  • It provides you with improvement of your leadership skills
  • It is volunteer work that you could include in your resume and will be recognized by future employers or colleges
  • Through helping others, you will have the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally and utilize your own experiences

How do you become a peer mentor?

  • If you are interested, please contact Ms. Dasha Gorinshteyn in Counseling Services at (718) 368-5975 or come directly to the D-102 office to complete an application form
  • You will be interviewed
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