Home Intercultural Learning
Teaching and Research Intern
Duration: mid-May through mid-July
Location: La Plata, Argentina
Housing: Arranged with the assistance of Home Intercultural Learning staff and the McCulloch Center
At Home Intercultural Learning, a private language school in La Plata (approximately 45 minutes by car from Buenos Aires), the intern will be part of a teaching and research team for two months. This will entail the following tasks, with the final plan of each internship developed according to the intern´s background, strengths and training needs as well as institutional needs:
Teaching: development of class lesson plans, teaching one-to-one (private classes and tutorials) and/or group classes of English, English plus subject content in specialist areas. Visits to classes, workshops, seminars. Assistance in the development of ethnographies to be carried out by students and shared with schools all over the world through school linking, including outings around the city to teach the language in an immersion context. Helping with coordination of a book and film club and the Living Cultures program (which explores different cultures through immersion events).
Online school: development and administration of online courses and webinars in specialist areas.
Research: the school staff is part of a multidisciplinary research team, The Culture Kaleidoscope, working on research of multicultural issues, events and action in the world (mini projects with NGOs and partnerships with other institutions). The group integrates language teachers of many languages, social scientists and artists, but interactions with other disciplines are also possible. Some of the research tasks may include: mini research projects, particularly action research, to be completed before the end of internship and potentially presented and published; optional participation in developing a book of language activities; seminars, webinars; and linking with institutions. In Summer 2013, interns may have opportunities to participate in an action research effort in Buenos Aires -- the English in Action initiative which will be using drama to teach English to children with special needs/exceptional circumstances.
Consultancy: participation in the development of courses for companies and institutions from many different disciplines. Materials design.
In addition to their work, students can choose to become language learners of all languages the school teaches (Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish, English if not their mother tongue, and Chinese through our agreement with Instituto Confucio UNLP) without a fee, provided group numbers allow this.
This is an ideal opportunity for a high-energy student with a strong work ethic, excellent communication skills, an interest in teaching and research, the adaptability required by the evolving needs of classrooms and students, and an interest in Latin America and the world.
This opportunity has been developed through an alumna.