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 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.

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Spring 2019

International Students:

 Interest form

US Students:

 Interest form


The first step is to complete the interest form.  Students cannot register without submitting the interest form and receiving approval from the instructor.