The Odyssey Language Assistant Program (established in 1973,to promote Canada’s two official languages and the cultures theyconvey) is a paid, professional work experience that involvestravelling to Quebec or New Brunswick to work with students fornine months.
Earn over $27 an hour while gaining valuable workexperience in a classroom setting
Working under teacher supervision, you will plan and leadactivities on a daily basis to motivate students to learn moreabout the target language.
You will share yourculture and the unique linguistic features of your home regionthrough art, music, stories, local expressions, andhumour.
Your work will consist mostlyof :
preparing and executingactivities that focus on language (aural comprehension and oralexpression);
developing activities thatreflect everyday communication opportunities in order to helpstudents improve their English-language skills in real-lifesituations;
drawing from your own interestsand those of the students, this is an opportunity to use yourtalents and passions to help someone build skills in English, andto have fun doing it;
examples includestarting a debate, playing a trivia game, putting on a play, andteaching a dance or a new sport; and
Thelanguage assistant does not replace the teacher. The tasks of alanguage assistant may include the following :
encouraging students to participate in oral communicationactivities;
preparing classroom activitiesthat focus on learning about language and culture;
leading small groups of two to 10 students;
motivating students to learn English;
encouraging students to appreciate and explore yourculture and their own in a respectful and creative way throughlanguage;
participating in evening and weekendcultural activities;
meeting with school staffupon request.
Let your Odyssey begin!
In order to qualify for the Odyssey program,you must :
have solidEnglish-language skills, both oral and written. They are amust-have skill set. English proficiency must be as strong as if itwere your first language;
be a Canadiancitizen or permanent resident of Canada (those studying in Canadaon a student visa are not eligible);
havecompleted, by the start of your work term and within the last 10years, at least one full year of postsecondary studies, college, oruniversity.
If you are completing studies in Quebec, you must havecompleted two years of college-level studies or one year ofuniversity within the last 10 years.
For studies done outside ofCanada, you will also need to submit a formal assessment of youracademic credentials.
There is noage limit for participation in Odyssey, but you do need to meet alleligibility requirements. There are no French-language-skillrequirements to apply for the Odyssey program, but some basic oraland spoken skills in your second official language are always agreat asset.
A driver’s licence is not a requirement for selection.However, in some regions, having a licence ispreferable.