Conversation Partners

The Conversation Partners program is for International and English as an Additional Language students who wish to be paired with a student volunteer in order to practice and improve their spoken English.

Native English speakers who sign-up for the program get a chance to connect with someone from a different culture and learn about their culture and traditions, all the while helping them build their conversational English skills. Once paired, Conversation Partners make arrangements with each other about where and when to meet, or they attend a Conversation Café together. Partners can also share cultural perspectives and experiences by attending events both on and off campus.

Application Information

International and English as an Additional Language Students

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2017! APPLY HERE!

Would you like to practice and improve your English conversation skills in a one-to-one setting with a student volunteer? If you would like to be matched with a Conversation Partner, please fill out an online application on GryphLife using your central login (link below). A limited number of spaces are available each semester, and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. If all available spaces become full, you will be invited to join the Conversation Café and/or reapply the following semester. Once paired, partners will be contacted by e-mail by an Office of Intercultural Affairs staff member.

Conversation Partner Volunteers

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR WINTER 2018! APPLY HERE!

Would you like to help international and English as an Additional Language Students become more comfortable with the English language and practice their verbal communication skills? You can also request a student from a certain country if you are also interested in learning a specific language.  If you would like to be matched with a Conversation Partner, please fill out an online application on GryphLife using your central login. Once paired, Partners will be contacted by e-mail by an Office of Intercultural Affairs staff member.

Conversation Cafés

The Conversation Café is a joint program with Conversation Partners. It is open to students participating in the Conversation Partners program and the general public. It is a welcoming and informal space for peer-led discussions and activities.  The Cafés promote informal discussions where cultures are shared and students have opportunities in a comfortable environment to improve their conversational English skills.

Cafés are held every Thursday from 5:30-6:30pm in MCKN 304, September 21st to November 30th, 2017.