What does the role involve?
Working as a conversation practice partner involves speaking to students, as much in your own language as possible, to help them improve their fluency.
Working as a tutor is more structured. You will take students through topics to build up their language skills. We provide you with training and materials to do this.
There may also be the opportunity to speak at events or conduct particular cultural training sessions with our corporate clients, which we aim to match you with based on your prior experience.
Where do the lessons take place?
If you are not based in London, you would work online via Google Hangouts.
In-person classes are conducted in locations to suit both tutor and tutee, but many of the sessions between January and May 2017 will take place on campus at SOAS University of London, in the Senate House.
How many hours’ work can I expect?
This varies depending on demand. You can arrange your own availability
When would I start?
We are recruiting on an ongoing basis.
Who can apply?
I’m an asylum seeker. Can I apply?
Yes, we encourage applications from asylum seekers. If you don’t have the right to work, we pay expenses.
I’m not based in London. Can I apply?
Yes. Sessions can be both in-person and online, so you can work online if you’re not based in London, so long as you have access to internet and a webcam.
How good does my English have to be?
We require you to be comfortable enough with English to explain what words mean, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. Conversational English is assessed by the Chatterbox team in a Skype or Google Hangouts email, but Level 2 is about right.
What languages are you looking for?
We are accepting applications from a wide range of languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Persian, Korean, Chinese, Swahili, Hindi, Turkish, and Spanish.
If you speak a different language, but are interested in working with us, please get in touch.
I don’t have a degree or teaching experience. Can I apply?
People joining Chatterbox typically have either degree-level education or teaching experience. If you do not meet these criteria but can demonstrate that you’re capable we are keen to hear from you.
How should I apply?
Fill in our form.
What happens after I apply?
We will review your application form, and we will let you know within a week if we’re going to invite you for an interview. Interviews are online, and last about 30 minutes.
We look forward to hearing from you! If you still have questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org