Bilingual Learning Essentials Specialist (B-LES)

Institutional Work Study (Springfield MA)

Post: Nov 04 2019

Type: IWS


May not work when class is scheduled even if class is canceled (no exceptions)


Center for Academic Success- Tutoring Center


Lesley LaMarche

Job Description

Bilingual Learning Essentials Specialist Summary: The Bilingual Learning Essentials Specialist (B-LES) is a part-time, academic work study position for the Tutoring Program, located within the Center for Academic Success. The B-LES is a specially trained tutor who will assist students in building and expanding their learning skills in order to be more successful academically. This specialist is not focused on content related tutoring. The B-LES will work one-on-one or with a small group of students and will be responsible for guiding students in improving their academic performance by introducing and reinforcing new methods of learning. Examples of some non-content related skills & techniques are: How to effectively skim a reading assignment, outlining a reading assignment to simplify its content, organizing and simplifying notes for better information recall, enhancing long term memory techniques, to name a few.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assess academic needs during each visit
  • Facilitate academic support sessions
  • Create a positive environment to promote productivity and learning
  • Provide feedback to students using positive reinforcement techniques to encourage, motivate, and build student confidence
  • Prepare students to become independent learners
  • Participate in training and development sessions to improve tutoring practices and techniques as they pertain to the LES position
  • Complete all reports and paperwork as required

Skills and Requirements:

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Graduate level student preferred
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Must provide letter of recommendation from either a professor or academic advisor
  • Must possess excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to convey information in a simple organized and understandable manner
  • LES must excel at and be comfortable with teaching academic skills such as, but not limited to: enhancing notes using color and imaging techniques, exam preparation strategies, reading assignment skimming & outlining techniques, procrastination & motivation assistance, defining academic goals, long term memorizing, academic success planning

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