Research shows that strong narrative language skills are one of the cornerstones upon which success in school and life rests. The SKILL (Supporting Knowledge in Language and Literacy) program is evidence-based and improves language and academic skills in school-aged students. Children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are particularly at risk for not developing oral language skills.

We need your involvement in the program because:

  • we need passionate volunteers who care about delivering programs with a record of success to incorporate into their professional practice
  • we’re passionate about improving the language and literacy skills of students through building relationships with caring mentors from ACU
  • we know how important storytelling is for social, academic and cognitive development and we want to provide opportunities for our students to work with tutors who love stories too
  • we want to provide authentic opportunities for students studying education, speech pathology, occupational therapy and psychology at ACU to gain real-life experience working with children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

The role

You will be working with primary aged students from Foundation to Grade 6 to develop their storytelling and story writing skills. The sessions will be highly fun and engaging where you help develop the students’ imaginative ideas into verbal and written stories. These skills have been identified as critical for academic success and are explicitly targeted in the SKILL program.

Volunteers work with students either in the classroom or individually with students.You will have the opportunity to develop rapport and friendships with the students as you work with them regularly.

You will be expected to complete the following tasks:

  • deliver the SKILL program individually or in small groups with mentoring from supervisors and teachers
  • assist the teacher to set up and pack up the classroom
  • comply with all program policies and procedures
  • relay any problems to the program Coordinator to help ensure a safe environment

Successful applicants receive training during the induction prior to the beginning of the program. You will receive ongoing support from highly experienced supervisors who will help you to develop your skill in working with children. Students enrolled in education and allied health professions will find this program hugely beneficial for their professional practice. Supervisors will gladly provide you with references for future work opportunities on successful completion of the program.


  • Working with children check (WWCC)
  • Induction training
  • National criminal history check

When and where

Minimum 2 hrs per week from Monday to Friday. Hours are flexible and may be organised around your schedule. Further hours per week can be arranged with your supervisor.

Fitzroy Primary School - 319 George St, Fitzroy 3065

Sacred Heart School - 107 King William St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Applications are currently closed

Before applying for this opportunity please ensure:

In the 'Message' section of your application please note:

  • A brief cover letter outlining your interest in the position.

By applying to ACU Engagement for this opportunity, you acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential. 

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