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Project SPELL partners up employees from UCLA Housing and Hospitality with volunteers, who may be UCLA undergraduates, graduates or employees, to spend an hour twice a week tutoring their learners. ABOUT PROJECT SPELL Project SPELL (Students for Progress in Employee Language Learning) partners UCLA undergraduate and graduate student volunteers with UCLA frontline employees from custodial, maintenance, and food service units for personalized tutoring in English as a Second Language. Tutors provide their availability, background, and skills, and are matched with employee language learners whose schedules and needs make for a convenient and beneficial match. Tutors work independently, meeting one on one with their learners at locations across campus at their assigned tutoring time. Tutors use the goals and curriculum provided to prepare lessons tailored to their learners’ individual goals. Training is provided during an Orientation and workshops with the Program Director and other tutors. Tutors also have the opportunity to meet one on one with the Program Director for more individualized assistance. Tutors and learners work together in a dynamic partnership that sees both parties learning, growing, and seeing themselves and each other in new ways.

Project summary

Project SPELL partners up employees from UCLA Housing and Hospitality with volunteers, who may be UCLA undergraduates, graduates or employees, to spend an hour twice a week tutoring their learners. ABOUT PROJECT SPELL Project SPELL (Students for Progress in Employee Language Learning) partners UCLA undergraduate and graduate student volunteers with UCLA frontline employees from custodial, maintenance, and food service units for personalized tutoring in English as a Second Language. Tutors provide their availability, background, and skills, and are matched with employee language learners whose schedules and needs make for a convenient and beneficial match. Tutors work independently, meeting one on one with their learners at locations across campus at their assigned tutoring time. Tutors use the goals and curriculum provided to prepare lessons tailored to their learners’ individual goals. Training is provided during an Orientation and workshops with the Program Director and other tutors. Tutors also have the opportunity to meet one on one with the Program Director for more individualized assistance. Tutors and learners work together in a dynamic partnership that sees both parties learning, growing, and seeing themselves and each other in new ways.

Detail of project

Project SPELL partners up employees from UCLA Housing and Hospitality with volunteers, who may be UCLA undergraduates, graduates or employees, to spend an hour twice a week tutoring their learners. ABOUT PROJECT SPELL Project SPELL (Students for Progress in Employee Language Learning) partners UCLA undergraduate and graduate student volunteers with UCLA frontline employees from custodial, maintenance, and food service units for personalized tutoring in English as a Second Language. Tutors provide their availability, background, and skills, and are matched with employee language learners whose schedules and needs make for a convenient and beneficial match. Tutors work independently, meeting one on one with their learners at locations across campus at their assigned tutoring time. Tutors use the goals and curriculum provided to prepare lessons tailored to their learners’ individual goals. Training is provided during an Orientation and workshops with the Program Director and other tutors. Tutors also have the opportunity to meet one on one with the Program Director for more individualized assistance. Tutors and learners work together in a dynamic partnership that sees both parties learning, growing, and seeing themselves and each other in new ways.

Stakeholders involved

Students, Grad Students and Front Line Employees of Housing and Hospitality

Impact on stakeholders

Both the students and employees gain confidence, self worth and potential for greater advancement within their careers

Companies or partners who contributed to the project

UCLA under grad students, grad students and front line employees located within the Housing and Hospitality division

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