Conversation Partners


Conversation Partners is a program sponsored by the Intensive English Program open to anyone (Americans or international students) interested in learning about culture and communication between cultures.

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Having a conversation partner is a good way to meet an American in a relaxed environment to practice listening and speaking English and learn about American culture.

For Americans or native English speakers:

Having a conversation partner is a good way to help an international student adjust to life at UCA while learning about a country and culture you may not be familiar with.


Conversation Partners is a volunteer program that asks for a commitment of meeting at least one hour a week for informal conversation with your partner. The commitment is for one semester, but many students in the program choose to continue being partners for following semesters.

Ideas for Meetings:

The program is based around individual schedules so that partners can coordinate the best times to meet during the week. For example, partners could meet for lunch or a cup of coffee, study together, invite each other over for dinner, play basketball at the HPER Center, go to a movie, etc. During the semester, there will be IEP-sponsored activities that American conversation partners are welcome to attend.

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