GS-180 / GS-106 “English Conversation Partners” pairs native speakers of English with international students for one-on-one weekly conversation. 

For US students who:

  • Enjoy learning about other cultures and languages
  • Are interested in sharing your own cultural perspective with students from other countries
  • Want to get to know more international students on campus

For international students who:

  • Want to practice English conversation skills
  • Are interested in sharing your home culture with US students
  • Want to get to know more US students on campus

The course has three main goals:

  • non-native speakers of English will practice conversation skills outside the classroom;
  • US native speakers will engage in service and reflect upon the act of service through their role as conversation partner;
  • all participants will cultivate intercultural connections.

All students will develop a deeper understanding of their partner’s home culture, country and language as well as gain a new perspective on their own culture, country and language.

If you have questions about the course, contact the instructor.

If you don’t wish to participate in the formal, for-credit program but are still interested in finding a conversation partner, visit the private conversation exchange page.



The English Conversation Partners course is not on the schedule to be offered in Fall 2019.  If you are interested in taking the course Spring 2020, please fill out the appropriate form below.
International Students:

 Interest form

US Students:

 Interest form