Volunteering for the Ámbédkar School’s English Tutoring Program is an amazing opportunity to practice creativity, teaching skills, and to support individual and community needs!
About the project: Since its launch in 2016, The Ámbédkar English Tutoring Program has completed three successful academic years. The Program aims to enhance the English language skills of the Ámbédkar School’s secondary school students, assist them in graduating with widened postsecondary choices, and introduce them to a vibrant, multicultural community. The program currently has 10-15 students, and due to the pandemic, the classes are held virtually. Each student will connect the class individually, from their homes, through their own tablets. In compliance with the Hungary’s COVID-19 regulations, our School switched entirely to online teaching. However, when in-person education can resume in high schools, the students in the same group can physically be in the same classrooms. Until then, we will help as much as we can to ease the coordination between you and the students. One of our teachers will be available virtually, in case you require assistance in connecting with the students.
What do volunteers do? Volunteers twice a month, on Fridays, online teach English to small groups of students. During each session 3 classes are scheduled for each group. Each class lasts 45 minutes. Depending on your availability, you can teach more classes on the same day, but it is not a requirement.
- Less Advanced: Students in this group know basic words, can introduce themselves, and say a few sentences in English.
- More Advanced: Students in this group are able to have simple, slow-paced conversations, and create basic sentences on their own.
Tutoring sessions focus primarily on conversations and playful exercises with a small amount of grammar teaching, built on the syllabus and materials used in the school. Volunteers will be given guidance in designing their class but the specific exercises, games, and activities you wish to use are up to you. We encourage you to use Google Teams or the free Zoom account, but if you prefer other online services, it is also fine. Prior to the classes, we request volunteers to prepare brief lesson plans and consult with us in order to avoid redundancy. Teaching experience is useful but not necessary. We ask our volunteers to dedicate time anywhere between 1,5 hours to 4,5 hours (these hours include the lessons, brief meetings, and preparation time).