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The IWLP Chatterbox Scheme – University of Reading

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The IWLP Chatterbox Scheme

Improve your communication skills and your socio-cultural competence: apply for free on-line language sessions with coaches from refugee backgrounds.

The IWLP offers its students in Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, the opportunity to apply for 4 FREE language sessions with Chatterbox.

Chatterbox is the on-line language practice service that employs coaches from a refugee background who come from a variety of professional paths (teachers, engineers, film-makers, lawyers, human rights activists, etc.)


You will have the opportunity to:

  • Practise the language you study in one-to-one online sessions
  • Learn from Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish speakers from across the world
  • Share professional interests and insights of new countries with those who have lived and worked in them
  • Broaden your understanding of the issue of forced displacement and the experience of being a refugee
  • Contribute to the social and economic integration of skilled professionals who find themselves unemployed or underemployed


The IWLP Chatterbox scheme will offer you:

  • 4 FREE one-to-one on-line sessions in a language of your choice
  • A total of 4 one-hour sessions
  • Freedom to schedule your sessions between the 1st March and the 7th May 2021
  • Opportunity to apply for additional hours after these dates (based on availability)


The IWLP Chatterbox scheme will require you to:

  • Use up 2 of your 4 FREE language sessions before 26th March 2021(to show engagement with the scheme) to keep your full allowance.

  • Complete a Chatterbox survey providing feedback on your learner experience
  • Participate in a University of Reading focus group and provide feedback on your learning experience

HEAR FROM our students and refugees

Read more about the opportunity in our Chatterbox press release: Refugees offer Reading language students global experience


To be eligible for the IWLP Chatterbox FREE language sessions you need to:

  • Be a current IWLP student
  • Study Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish at stage 2 or above.

Application Deadline

Applications will be received until 12th March 2021. 

FREE 4-hours allowances will be offered on a first come first served basis. You will be emailed if you are successful.


Applications will open on 22nd February 2021.

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