Research shows that strong narrative language skills are one of the cornerstones upon which success in school rests. The SKILL (Supporting Knowledge in Language and Literacy) program is evidence-based and improves language 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 and speech pathology at ACU to gain real-life experience working with children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Position description

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:

  • provide tutoring support to students undertaking the SKILL program
  • assist the teacher to set up and pack up the classroom
  • comply with all program policies and procedures
  • relay any problems to the program Co-Ordinator 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 teachers and speech language pathologists who will help you to develop your skills as a future teacher or speech pathologist working in the education sector. Students enrolled in education and speech pathology will find this program hugely beneficial for their professional practice.

Position requirements

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


To apply, please email ACU Engagement,, with the following information:

  • Name and student number
  • Community engagement unit you are enrolled in
  • Copy of your Working with Children Check
  • Brief cover letter outlining your interest in this position

To secure your place, please apply as early as possible as places are strictly limited.

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