Peer Educators and the Language Classroom
Peer Educators are students who assist the professor* in the running of a class. As you can imagine, Peer Educators (PEs) can be very beneficial in the communicative language classroom and many of our Modern Language faculty use Peer Educators to help students both in and outside of class. Usually, the Peer Educator has already taken the class as a student or has reached an advanced level of the language. We may also ask native speakers to become Peer Educators. Duties may include leading discussion groups, running review sessions, writing on the board during class and helping with technology needs. Some Peer Educators give short presentations in class (with the professor present) or create worksheets and study guides. Please note that Peer Educators are not TAs in the traditional sense and do not grade anything. They typically work 4 – 8 hours a week and receive 2 units of credit, or less than 4 hours a week and receive 1 unit. Having a PE in class greatly benefits the students in the class, the Peer Educators themselves as well as the professor teaching the class – a win-win situation for all!
*Quarterly Adjunct Lecturers (QALs) are not eligible to participate in the program.