Conversation Partners Wanted

The Five College Center for World Languages seeks speakers of African, Middle Eastern, Pacific, Eurasian, South, and Southeast Asian languages, as well as less-commonly studied languages of Europe and the Americas, to serve as conversation partners for students in our Mentored and Supervised Independent language programs.

Position description: As a conversation partner, you will meet once a week with individual or small groups of students for conversation practice. You will design role plays, dialogues, and conversation topics to facilitate conversation practice in the target language and serve as a living link between the students and the language and culture they are studying. Conversation sessions are conducted as much as possible only in the target language. Conversation partners are not teachers and do not give grammar lessons or correct homework. Your sole responsibility is to help students practice speaking the language. You will submit weekly lesson plans and post-session reports on student progress.

Positions available: The Center hires 40-50 conversation partners each semester. Conversation partners are hired for one semester at a time based on current needs and enrollments.

Time commitment: 2-4 hours/week

Pay: $14.25–$15.50 for current or recent undergraduates; others should inquire with the Center.

Location: Sessions meet at the conversation partner’s home campus or online (remotely).

Eligibility:

  • Must be able to speak, read, and write in the target language fluently or at a high advanced level
  • Must possess a good command of spoken English
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Must be able to pass a post-offer background check
  • Must have access to a device with video-conferencing capability  
  • Teaching experience is welcome but not required. First-time conversation partners receive paid training.
  • This position counts as on-campus employment for international students enrolled at any of the Five Colleges.
  • This position is not eligible for work study and does not count toward work study earnings limits.
  • Current students (undergraduate or graduate) at any of the Five Colleges are given priority, but we also accept applications from community members. 

To apply: Complete the application at https://www.fivecolleges.edu/fclang/jobs/application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Questions? Contact fcmlp1@umass.edu.

Languages Sought

We welcome applications from native/fluent speakers of the languages listed below. Speakers of other languages are still welcome and encouraged to apply. Please note that we do not have any positions available for speakers of commonly taught languages such as French, Spanish, and Mandarin. 

African languages (all)
Afrikaans 
Albanian
Amharic 
Arabic (any dialect)
Armenian (Western or Eastern)
Azerbaijani
Bambara (or Bamana, Mandingo, Mandikan, Maninka, Dyula)
Bangla or Bengali
Belarusian
Berber
Bulgarian
Burmese 
Cape Verdean Creole 
Czech
Danish
Dari
Dutch
Estonian
Fijian
Filipino
Finnish
Georgian
Greek
Gujarati
Haitian Creole 
Hausa 
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
Igbo
Indonesian
Javanese
Kazakh
Khmer / Cambodian
Kurdish
Kyrgyz
Laotian
Latvian
Lingala
Lithuanian
Luganda
Macedonian
Malagasy
Malay 
Malayalam
Maori 
Marathi
Mongolian
Native American languages (any)
Nepali
Norwegian
Pashto
Persian
Polish
Punjabi
Quechua
Romanian (or Moldovan)
Rwanda
Samoan 
Shona
Sinhala
Slovak
Slovenian
Somali
Sotho
Swahili

Swedish
Tagalog
Tajik
Tamil
Telugu
Thai
Tibetan
Tswana
Turkish
Turkmen
Twi / Akan
Uighur
Ukrainian
Urdu
Uzbek
Vietnamese
Wolof
Xhosa
Yoruba
Zulu