International English Language Student Peer Support Program
ACU students enrolled in a Bachelor Degree program work with new International English Language (ELICOS) students to assist them with adjusting to ACU and Melbourne. ACU Students help ELICOS Students to feel more integrated and help them to build a social network with local students already in their future degree programs.
ACU Students also assist our ELICOS teachers with Special Interest Group workshops, classroom activities and attend student social events and excursions, orientations and graduations.
Possibility to also participate in a journal exchange program with ELICOS students to share in their experiences and build trust and rapport.
Objectives of the Program:
Help ELICOS students to better adjust to the ACU environment.
Help ELICOS students to build their confidence with their spoken English and pronunciation through socialization, meet ups, clubs and societies.
Introduce ELICOS students to Melbourne life: transport system, opening a bank account, finding accommodation etc.
Help ELICOS students to feel welcome, make friends and feel supported both at ACU and in the Melbourne community.
We are looking for volunteers that are keen to work with International students, who are patient, friendly and welcoming. Students who are interested in learning about other cultures and have a good understanding about ACU and Melbourne (culture, activities, events, systems etc.) so to be able to share this knowledge with new arrivals both to ACU and Melbourne.
Students attending the Special Interest Group provide additional support in a classroom setting while ELICOS students work on speaking, reading, writing and listening tasks.
Students attending International Orientations provide campus tours and information to new students.
ACU Students attending special events and excursions accompany ELICOS Students and continue to provide social support and interaction with local communities.
Students studying Health Science courses or Business courses are preferred mentors but we will also welcome students in other courses.