Online Volunteer — English For Everyone
The internet is a great medium to connect people and change how we learn. All we need is love to make it happen. I am Sarah Chen — the coordinator of “English For Everyone” Project.
Who are we?
We are high schoolers in America dedicated to use the internet and online resources to improve English literacy in Taiwan and help Taiwanese children develop crucial English reading and writing skills.
What do we do?
We establish email correspondence between American teenagers and Taiwanese students, and correct grammar, spelling, and other assorted mistakes while helping Taiwanese students build vocabulary and learn commonly-used phrases and idioms. We help Taiwanese students practice reading comprehension, communication, and expressing oneself in writing, and we gather online games and videos for the students to use.
Why do we do this?
We want to help Taiwanese students get a step closer to English fluency. We want to level the playing field through education. And we hope that the students we help will pass it on and help other students in the same situations.
How can you help?
We need a large number of volunteers so each Taiwanese student can receive individual attention, and we need quality online resources. We can also use donations for online resources and ebooks.
Tutor/Pen Pal: will communicate with Taiwanese students and tell them how to improve their English. Requires commitment and regular checking of emails. Does not need to speak/type Mandarin, though if you do it will help immensely.
Quality Control: will proofread (hence the name) the email and all the corrections, and email an OK or editing back to the Tutor. Each QC will be assigned five to ten Tutors to proofread for.
Progress Tracker: manages charts. I will forward you all correspondence between Tutors and Students, and you will record them on charts in Google Drive which I will share with you.
Learning Content Creator: will write assignments and review online learning resources for appropriate levels of practice. Assignments primarily come from Oxford Owl short stories, and will be mostly on vocabulary development and reading comprehension. On the other hand, you are welcome to write stories for under-privileged children who can’t afford storybooks. Read more here: Putting 1001 Short Stories Together.
Words to Teachers/Parents
Our help is through emails and online spaces, so teachers and parents of children can help us a lot! You know your kids better than us, you can encourage them to write more, embed this writing task into their learning and life. You can give them English reading materials, writing prompts and ideas. You can discuss with them what to write to keep them motivated. We will correct their works and give them feedback as soon as possible. The purpose is to work together to create opportunities for asynchronous learning and culture exchange for youth.
Learning is all about making connections. Many of our volunteers can speak/write Mandarin, so don’t worry if you can’t communicate in English. Visit our website, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you like to volunteer, please give us the basic information about yourself:
- Your location,
- School name,
- Your short bio. and a short essay about your thought on this project,
- One teacher’s name in your school that we can let him know your great contribution.