Tutors and mentors must be available for an entire academic semester. Typically, those who have never tutored Chinese language formally are expected to be a volunteer tutor for at least one semester, obtain tutoring experience and understanding of how non-Chinese speakers learn Chinese, prior to applying to the discipline mentor position.
Discipline mentors are recruited from current volunteer tutors; at this time, we are not accepting applications for discipline mentor positions.
Discipline mentors meet with their students for two 75-minute sessions each week and spend an additional 30 minutes in preparation per week per student; working for a total of 3 hours each week per student; conduct sessions entirely in Chinese and offer language and content assistance to assigned students (around two); assist students in locating Chinese language articles related to their academic disciplines, discussing selected articles and practicing Chinese language vocabulary; maintain a weekly log of a student’s performance including pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary; and assist students with the creation of a spread sheet of discipline-related vocabulary terms.
The IU Chinese Flagship Center will provide an orientation for discipline mentors at the beginning of each semester.
Discipline mentors must:
- be native Chinese speakers OR close to native level
- be currently enrolled at IU–Bloomington as a graduate student (undergraduate seniors may also be considered) OR have completed at least a Master’s degree
- have Chinese tutoring experience (at least one semester)
- be committed to work for at least one semester
- be punctual and maintain a relatively fixed schedule throughout the semester
- hold sessions in an academic space
- notify the Chinese Flagship Center if there is a change in the tutorial schedule or location, or when experiencing challenges with assigned students