Department of Linguistics

Job Posting: Cultural Broker for SFU Phonological Processing Lab

January 31, 2018

The SFU Phonological Processing Lab is looking to hire graduate students as Cultural Brokers for a study on how school-aged children learn English as second language:

"We have a SSHRC-funded research project in the linguistics department that is studying 5-8 year olds from several different immigrant backgrounds who have recently arrived in Canada and just started learning English as a second language. We are looking for graduate students, postdocs, or others who are involved in these communities to be hired as cultural brokers, explaining and translating our research goals to parents and making sure they understand and can ask questions about our study.

The language communities we are looking for are:

  • Mandarin, Cantonese and other Chinese languages
  • Korean
  • Arabic, from any predominantly Arabic-speaking place
  • Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil, Gujarati, and other languages of the Indian subcontinent
  • Persian

If you are a fluent speaker of one of these languages, and you have a connection to recent immigrant families on the Lower Mainland, we would love to hear from you! We are ultimately looking to hire a few cultural brokers (preferably women) to be paid for work as consultants, but anyone with a connection is encouraged to get in touch with us. Please feel free to pass along our contact information to any friends, family or colleagues who might be able to help."

This position pays $30 an hour, for 5-10 hours per week.

For more information about this posting, please visit the Phonological Processing Lab's webpageThe deadline to apply for this position is Thursday, March 1, 2018. Please contact the lab at if interested.

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