BECOME A PEER
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