Volunteer Opportunities for Undergraduate Students  (see below on certificates)

Volunteering with the Oral English Proficiency Program (OEPP) is a great way to volunteer on campus, meet people from different cultures, help international graduate students become effective classroom instructors and earn a Intercultural Communication Partner Certificate.
Volunteer opportunities include classroom presentations, conversation activities and roundtable discussion groups.

Click the "Register Now" link in the menu on the left of this page to see the time choices that are currently available and to sign-up.  Seats are limited--please register in advance. 

All presentations are held online. You will be sent an evaluation form to fill out. A link will be sent to you immediately before the presentation hour.  If you do not receive an email, please contact our department using the oepp@purdue.edu address.  

Spring 2021 Volunteer Sessions

Presentation 2  -  3/8/21 - 3/11/21

Presentation 3 -  3/29/21 - 4/1/21

Roundtable Conversations  4/7/21 & 4/8/21

Presentation 4 - 4/19/21 - 4/22/21

When registering, please use Mozilla Firefox or Edge.  Do Not use Internet Explorer as your web browser!

Please make sure you put the class & instructor or organization in which you will receive extra credit.  If you are not getting extra credit, please put "Personal Interest" in the organization field.

Volunteer participation and feedback is very important to our students.  Seats are limited--please register in advance. If after registering you find you cannot attend, please cancel your registration so that your space may be filled by another volunteer.


ENGL 62000 Classroom Presentations

An important component of ENGL 62000, Classroom Communication for International Teaching Assistants, are the presentations prepared by the students in the course. The presentations give students practice speaking English in front of an audience. To make this exercise as realistic and beneficial as possible, we ask Purdue undergraduates to come, observe and play the part of a student in a class. For example, volunteers may be asked to take part in a mock question-and-answer session. Volunteers observe 2 presentations in a 50-minute class period and complete a brief written evaluation for each, stating what was good and where improvement is still needed.

Some instructors may offer extra credit to undergraduates who observe presentations — be sure to ask. Volunteers will be given a participation memo after volunteering as proof of participation. To receive the participation memo volunteers must arrive on time, stay for the entire session and actively participate.


Earn an Intercultural Communication Partner Certificate

Undergraduates who volunteer for 10 or more hours per academic year can earn a Intercultural Communication Partner Certificate and the right to list their volunteer service on their resume. Volunteers with 10-19 hours of volunteer time earn a bronze level certificate, 20-29 hours earn a silver level certificate, 30-39 hours earn a gold level certificate, and 40+ earn a diamond certificate. To earn a certificate:

  • Register online and attend presentations throughout the academic year.
  • The OEPP classroom instructor takes attendance and the OEPP office keeps track of your volunteer hours.
  • To receive volunteer credit, you must register online, actively participate in the class, and complete the written evaluation form. We cannot give participation credit to students who doze off, come late or leave early, do not fully complete the written evaluation form, or in any other way fail to contribute to the classroom experience.
  • You will receive a an email confirmation from the oepp@purdue.edu email address after each ENGL 620 class session you participate in.  At the end of the semester, each of your instructors or organizations will receive an email indicating the total number of participation credit hours you earned for them during the semester.
  • The OEPP Office will email you a certificate at the end of the spring semester.  If you are a December graduate, be sure to contact the OEPP office to let them know you need your certificate in December instead of May.
  • If you have questions at any time, please e-mail oepp@purdue.edu.

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